President Von der Leyen announced that the European Commission is going to develop a long-term vision for rural areas. In this workshop, which is part of the European Week of Regions and Cities, the Commission provided a brief introduction to frame the discussion (why do we need a vision, what is the Commission doing, awareness raising of consultation activities, follow-up of consultation activities via the Communication on a long-term vision). However, the main objective of the event was to have an exchange of views and debate with participants.
The workshop was moderated by the European Network for Rural Development (ENRD) with the participation of rural stakeholders and of Commission staff. The outcome will be used as a contribution for the Communication on a Long Term Vision for Rural Areas planned for the first half of 2021.