The European Commission has launched a public consultation to gather citizens’ views on ways to step up climate action and further cut greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.
The consultation aims to collect opinions on the desired ambition level of climate and energy policies, necessary actions in different sectors and specific policy design to increase climate ambition by 2030. It also aims to gather further information, including roadmaps, policy briefs and studies relevant for deeper greenhouse gas emission reductions.
We have recently published new data on the state of implementation of rural development policy. This covers the financial execution and progress against the targets of the Rural Development Programmes by Member States and Priority until the end of 2018. See and share the newly published data!
After the first Lab in Finland, the 11th meeting of the ENRD Thematic Group on Smart Villages (1 April 2020) took the form of a webinar focused on Poland.The aim of the meeting was to exchange ideas about support frameworks for Smart Villages in the next programming period. Presentations of the day and background documents can be found here
The European Commission has published the latest package of exceptional measures to further support the agricultural and food sectors most affected by the coronavirus crisis.
The exceptional measures (announced on 22 April) include private storage aid for the dairy and meat sectors, the temporary authorisation to self-organise market measures by operators in hard hit sectors, and flexibility in the implementation of market support programmes.
The COVID-19 Community Outreach (CCO) initiative is a national response to the societal impact of the coronavirus outbreak, coordinated by The Wheel and Irish Rural Link, and funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development.
A network of Community Champions located in every Irish county is at the heart of COVID-19 Community Outreach. The Community Champions are people from rural communities who have strong local connections and in-depth knowledge of available resources and supports, and volunteer to serve and inform local citizens and community organisations through this difficult time.
As Italy eases COVID-19 lockdown, entering so-called ‘phase 2’ of the confinement, some parents are going back to work but their children’s schools are still closed. Some farms in the Veneto region offer open-air activities for children.
The initiative is a collaboration of the local association of women farmers and rural entrepreneurs, Donne Impresa Coldiretti Verona, with the regional project Educazione alla Campagna Amica, fostering children’s connection with, and understanding of, agriculture and rural areas.
How are the interactions and dependencies between rural, peri-urban and urban areas changing at this moment?
ROBUST – a H2020 project on rural-urban relations – has launched a blog on Rural-urban relations in times of COVID-19. Contributions are welcome and you can follow the conversation on Twitter.
The report and presentations of the seminar on ‘Evaluating LEADER 2014-2020' in France are now available.
The seminar was organised by the Rural Network of Nouvelle Aquitaine and involved 65 participants, including 40 LEADER LAGs from the region. The discussions looked at: final LAGs’ evaluation, LEADER Measure of the French RDP, collecting evaluation results, sharing methodologies and experiences and highlighting the value of LEADER.
ARA – Association for Rural Development in Andalucia has put together a catalogue of rural development best practices by LEADER LAGs in the region.
The catalogue looks at the implementation of the LEADER method and the management and design of Local Development Strategies. Examples from other communities are also included.