An European Strategy for Rural Aerias
ARC2020 believes that a long term vision and comprehensive strategy for rural Europe is needed now, because rural areas and communities can help us turn the tide of the multiple crises we face – COVID-19, climate, biodiversity, loss of farmers and migrant crisis. By focusing on rural areas at this moment, we can bring divergent strands together and re-organise ourselves: we can help find a way for agriculture and environment to work together, and we to help shape how the Covid19 recovery happens, all the while strengthening a real, people-focused European cohesion and solidarity.
To help stimulate this process, ARC2020 is bringing civil society participation to a high level interactive video conference with the Renew Europe group in the European Parliament, on 7 July, 14.30 – 17.00 CEST.
This overall event “A vision for rural Europe – Harnessing the potential of rural areas to contribute to a sustainable and prosperous Europe” is organised by the President of the Renew Europe Group, Dacian Ciolos. He invites participants for an open reflection, analysis and public mobilisation, with a high level panel including the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen, the President of the European Investment Bank, Werner Hoyer, Brexit Chief negotiator and former European Commissioner for regional policy Michel Barnier, and the President of the S&D group in the European Parliament, Iraxte Garcia Perez.
ARC2020 is mobilising a panel with civil society organisations and rural movements, who will introduce an open discussion with citizens participating via videoconference, followed by an exchange of views between the presidents of the Committees for Agriculture and for the Environment of the European Parliament.
How does social innovation emerge in remote areas? How can younger people help bridge the urban-rural divide? What is the role of rural stakeholders in accession countries in building a common rural vision? How can local empowerment approaches bridge the rural-urban digital gap and boost innovation in rural areas? And how can climate and environmental challenges become part of rural development strategies?
These are the key questions to be addressed in a panel on mobilising rural communities chaired by ARC2020’s president, Hannes Lorenzen. It will feature:
- Ilaria Signoriello (Agricoltura Capodarco and Social Farming National Forum Italy)
- Katrina Idu (Latvian Rural Forum and European Rural Youth Parliament)
- Emilija Stojmenova Duh, Ph.D. (University of Ljubljana and 4PDIH)
- Petar Gjorgievski (Rural Development Network of North Macedonia and Balkan Rural Development Network)
- Francesca Whitlock (ECOLISE and GEN Europe)