The 2018 edition of the UN’s annual Conference of the Parties - COP (2-14 December 2018 – Katowice, Poland) culminated in a detailed set of rules and guidelines – the Katowice Rulebook – on implementing the Paris Agreement on climate change.
Two new calls for proposals seek to fund information and promotion actions for EU agri-food products on both the internal and third country markets. Apply by 16 April 2019.
A total of €191.6 million is available in 2019 to co-finance programmes ranging from general campaigns on healthy eating to specific market sectors.
The EU institutions reached a political agreement in December 2018 on a new set of rules intended to protect EU farmers, their organisations, and small and mid-size businesses from unfair trading in the food supply chain.
Once the legal text is formally adopted, it will ban, for the first time ever, up to 16 unfair trading practices covering retailers, food processors, wholesalers, cooperatives or producers' organisations, and individual producers.
The web portals bring together inspiring initiatives, networks, tools, projects and organisations related to the three topics and are continuously expanded to include new materials.
The second meeting of the ENRD Thematic Group (TG) on 'Mainstreaming the Bioeconomy' (17 January 2019 - Brussels, Belgium) discussed different territorial and local approaches to developing bioeconomy in rural areas.
Different rural development stakeholders underlined the need to reflect local-level needs and priorities in bioeconomy strategies, the potential of bottom-up approaches, as well as the need to increase awareness and understanding of the opportunities bioeconomy provides at all levels.
The event building on ten years of rural networking will take place in Brussels on 11-12 April 2019. Registrations are open until 25 February 2019.
‘networX’ aims to recognise the value of networking for rural development, demonstrate the results of the past ten years of rural networking and proactively look at its future. An interactive format will ensure plenty of space and time for informal discussions, inspiring conversations and sharing of experiences, reaffirming the value of human connections in the digital world.
Details and updates are published regularly on the ENRD website. As places are limited, we recommend you express your interest in joining the event as soon as possible via the registration link. Please do not make any travel arrangements until your participation is confirmed.
The latest editions of the ENRD thematic publications are now available online in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Polish.
- EU Rural Review 25 on 'Resource Efficiency’ overviews practice and examples of how the EU's Rural Development policy can be best used to support an improved management of natural resources.
- Issue 26 on ‘Smart Villages: Revitalising Rural Services’ (also available in Czech) explores how digital and social innovation can be used in new, creative ways to improve basic rural services.
- The EAFRD Projects Brochure on ‘Digital and Social Innovation in Rural Services’ profiles social and digital initiatives that are enhancing rural services such as health, education, mobility, energy, and digitisation of the village itself.
For the first time ever, the ENRD Contact Point is organising Rural Inspiration Awards to celebrate rural development projects that show how the policy contributes to a more competitive, sustainable and inclusive rural Europe.
Entries are proposed by National Rural Network (NRN) support units. A jury of experts will select a winner for each of five competition categories: improving the competitiveness of rural areas; environment and climate action; rural revitalisation; social inclusion; and LEADER/CLLD. An extra award will be selected by popular vote.
Watch out for the winners to be announced at ‘networX’, the ENRD networking event taking place in Brussels on 11-12 April 2019.
Send us your examples of small and medium size businesses, social enterprises, public or private initiatives contributing to the development of rural bioeconomy value chains and clusters in rural areas – please fill in our short survey by 31 January 2019!
The examples will feed into an inventory of European rural bioeconomy initiatives that will be widely disseminated - browse through our collection so far.
The FI Campus event of 3-5 December 2018 (Brussels, Belgium) explored new opportunities for the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) – including the rural development fund (EAFRD) – under the Omnibus Regulation.
Watch the video overviewing the main types of Financial Instrument products (loans, guarantees, equity and quasi-equity) that can be used in conjunction with ESIF and browse through a collection of success stories in a range of EU Member States and regions.