Written by Marie-Laure Augere-Granier and James Mceldowney,
On 5-6 September 2016, the European Commission is organising a new conference on rural development in Cork, exactly twenty years after the first one. In the presence of Phil Hogan, European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Czesław Siekierski, President of the European Parliament Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development and Gabriela Matečná, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Slovakia, the event will bring together some 250 policy makers, academics, NGOs and other interested parties. It will provide an opportunity to discuss current and future challenges of rural areas and agriculture, and will be concluded with the presentation of a new Cork declaration.
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‘EU Rural development policy‘
A number of recent EPRS products are relevant to the issues that will be discussed ranging from general overviews of EU rural development policy and its financing to more specific elements covering for example, farm diversification, innovation and simplification. An appreciation of citizen’s awareness and expectations in respect of EU policies towards agriculture is also included. Other sources include information on the reality of the rural-urban divide.
See also our topical digest on ‘EU Rural development policy‘.