builds on the achievements of the RUMRA Intergroup (2014-2019) and promotes integrated development for European territories in all their diversity.
25% of the rural population has no access to internet.
About 30% of the EU territory is covered by mountainous areas.
Sparsely populated territories tend to grow much less than the EU average.
Rural, Mountainous and remote areas constitute 80% of the EU territory, are home to 57% of its population and account for 46% of gross value added.
How will the war in Ukraine impact our consumption habits sustainably?
What are the implications of the war for developing countries?
What is the impact on the legislative agenda and the EU’s sustainability goals?
Benefits of the Future of Europe Conference for Smart Villages
MEP Engin Eroglu
A number of persistent prejudices against rural and remote regions still persist today. Behind […]
Tourism in Rural Areas
MEP Hannes Heide
Tourism has collapsed everywhere during the lockdown. Numerous companies are still threatened with bankruptcy. On the other hand, outdoor tourism […]
REInA (Rural European Innovation Area) is a pan-European open platform which aims to gather innovative initiatives to support the creation of a new Rural European […]
In the context of the long-term vision for rural areas, the European Commission has made available on its website key data for EU rural areas […]
Promoting Regional Funding – How to maximise the use for our rural regions
Wednesday, 2 June 2021 | 14:00H | Register here
Hosted by Niklas Nienaß, Vice-Chair […]
On 29 April 2021, Commission Vice-President Dubravka Šuica (Vice-President for Democracy and Demography) and Commissioner Mariya Gabriel (Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth) […]
Advantages of Big Data AI for Smart Villages
The analysis and use of Big Data is increasingly becoming the focus of public attention. Big Data refers […]
Discover the Compendium of the Interreg Alpine Space SmartVillages project, which showcases the results after three years of implementation of the project. The Smart Village […]
Commissioner Šuica reaffirms the opportunities to tackle demographic change in rural and mountainous areas at SILVER SMEs conference
On 21 April 2021, Euromontana organised an […]
In recent years, smart villages began to flourish, revitalise and empower rural communities. The concept implies the participation of local people in improving their economic, […]
The Confederations of businessmen of Cuenca, Soria and Teruel (CEOEs) are the founding entities of the SSPA Network (Sparsely Populated Areas of Southern Europe), a […]
On March 23, 2021 the Committee of the Regions (CoR) and the RUMRA & Smart Villages Intergroup issued a joint Press Release:
At the start of […]
On March 1st 2021, the European Parliament Research Services (EPRS), the EP think tank, published a briefing on Smart villages: Concept, issues and prospects for […]
On February 4, the Faculty of Electrical Engineering of University of Ljubljana published an article entitled Smart Villages Policies: Past, Present and Future. It features […]
This article was originally published on the official website of the European Committee of the Regions:
A rural agenda is urgently needed for rural areas after […]
The RUMRA & Smart Villages Intergroup welcomes and strongly supports the European Commission’s commitment to developing a new Long-Term Vision for Rural Areas, as well […]
On Thursday 19 November 2020, Vice-President of the European Commission Dubravka Šuica addressed the members of the ‘RUMRA & Smart Villages’ Intergroup and engaged in […]
The EU aims to create a debate on the future of rural areas and the role they have to play in our society. This initiative […]
On 21st October 2020, the RUMRA & Smart Villages Intergroup of the European Parliament held its first General Assembly. The Executive Board, composed of the […]
We spoke to MEPs from across Parliament about how the EU can better support rural communities.
On 16 July in Strasbourg, Members of the European Parliament Franc Bogovič (EPP) and Engin Ergolu (RE) hosted the inaugural meeting of the Intergroup SMART Villages for […]
On 10 April, the Parliamentary Intergroup on Rural, Mountainous and Remote Areas (RUMRA) initiated by Euromonta, R.E.D and FREE, organised a conference at the European […]
Combining fixed & mobile networks for faster Internet
Thursday 22 November 2018, 13.30 to 15.00am, European Parliament (6th floor – Room: JAN 6Q1)
Co-organised by: Mr PAscal […]
Tuesday 20 November 2018, 8.00 to 9.30am, European Parliament
The RUMRA Intergroup (rural, mountainous and remote areas) in the European Parliament and the […]
RUMRA welcomes the adoption of the motion for a resolution addressing the specific needs of Rural, Mountainous and Remote Areas, presented by MEP Iskra Mihaylova […]
On 1 June, the RUMRA Intergroup hosted a breakfast briefing to discuss the EU’s need for a rural agenda. Our Chair, MEP Mercedes Bresso, called […]
Thursday 1 June 2017
08:00-09:30, European Parliament, Members’ Salon, Brussels
If Europe is to unlock the potential of all its territories while achieving its ambitious targets, a […]
The European Committee of the Regions (CoR) has published its formal call for a White Paper on Rurality. This marks an enormous step towards addressing […]
Euromontana recently published its 2016 European Charter for Mountain Quality Food Products. The Charter was developed following the adoption of the optional quality term “mountain […]
On 29 November, the Parliamentary Intergroup on Rural, Mountainous, and Remote Areas (RUMRA) and Mercedes Bresso, Chair of RURMA, hosted a breakfast debate on the […]
RURAL ENERGY MATTERS: A NEW RURAL ENERGY AGENDA FOR EUROPE
An invitation to attend a Breakfast Briefing
Tuesday, 29 November 2016
08:00-09:30; European Parliament, Members’ Restaurant, Brussels
We, representatives of Euromontana, assembled here in Bragança on the 4th October 2016, do declare:
The first to be affected by climate change, mountain populations are […]
RUMRA board member Euromontana, the European Association of Mountain areas, in association with the Mountain Research Centre (CIMO) of the Polytechnic institute of Bragança (IPB) […]
On Wednesday 16 March, RUMRA Intergroup hosted an event and exhibition in the European Parliament on the theme of women between the urban and rural areas. […]
With the support of the three main political groups – as well as broad participation by colleagues from other groups – and the membership […]