The Rural Pact, launched by the European Commission in December 2021, is a framework for cooperation among authorities and stakeholders at the European, national, regional and local level. It aims to contribute to achieving the shared goals of the long-term vision for the EU’s rural areas.
The Pact initiates a long-term process. It seeks to simplify interaction on ideas and experiences, to help public authorities, stakeholders and citizens to combine and increase efforts for the benefit of rural areas.
The Rural Pact will be developed with all stakeholders who support the shared goals proposed in the European Commission's Communication. The Commission will act as a facilitator.
The key partners mentioned in the Communication are the Committee of the Regions, the networks under the Common Agricultural Policy and Cohesion policy and the European Rural Parliament. Beyond these, the Commission aims to engage with all European institutions, national and local authorities, stakeholder organisations and citizens from the 27 Member States, including women and young people, to design and adhere to the pact. Stakeholders are invited to join this process at any time.
The Rural Action Plan will foster territorial cohesion and create new opportunities to attract innovative businesses, provide access to quality jobs, promote new and improved skills, ensure better infrastructure and services, and leverage the role of sustainable agriculture and diversified economic activities.
It is articulated around flagship initiatives. Each one of them will bring different EU policy areas together to deliver on the vision, and its shared goals:
Creating an innovation ecosystem
Boosting sustainable transport links and digitalisation
Increasing environmental, climatic and social resilience
Supporting economic diversification.
The European Commission invites you to fill-in this form to express your support - in your personal capacity or in the name of your organisation - for the shared goals and to join the Rural Pact community and take part in the discussion on its development and implementation.