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Roadmap for the Long-term Vision for Rural Areas

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 will set out a vision for the future of rural areas by 2040 and gather views covering challenges such as demographic change, connectivity, low income levels and limited access to […]

1st General Assembly of the RUMRA & Smart Villages Intergroup, 21 October 2020

On 21st October 2020, the RUMRA & Smart Villages Intergroup of the European Parliament held its first  General Assembly. The Executive Board, composed of the Co-chairs (MEPs Franc Bogovič (EPP), Clara Aguilera (S&D), Engin Eroglu (Renew) and Niklas Nienaß (Greens)) and the Vice-Chairs (MEPs Tomislav Sokol (EPP), Hannes Heide (S&D), Atidzhe Alieva-Veli (Renew) and Sarah […]

Article on Smart Villages in the Parliament Magazine

We spoke to MEPs from across Parliament about how the EU can better support rural communities.

Inaugural meeting of the new Intergroup SMART Villages for 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 Rural Communities.

This Lunch-Debate at the European Parliament was the opportunity to present the new Intergroup, which aims to enable exchanges on innovative ways to create vibrant and attractive rural communities […]

DISCUSSING A SMART FUTURE FOR EUROPE’S RURAL, MOUNTAINOUS, AND SPARSELY POPULATED AREAS

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 Committee of the Regions to discuss the needs and specificities of rural areas in Europe. The debate focused on advocating for a more effective, integrated and coordinated approach at the […]

Hybrid Internet as a solution to improve connectivity in EU rural areas

Combining fixed & mobile networks for faster Internet

Where?
Thursday 22 November 2018, 13.30 to 15.00am, European Parliament (6th floor – Room: JAN 6Q1)

Co-organised by: Mr PAscal Arimont (Member of the EU Parliament) & tessares.

European agenda for rural, mountainous and remote areas

Breakfast debate

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 Future of Rural Energy in Europe (FREE) initiative are pleased to invite you to a breakfast debate hosted by Mercedes Bresso, MEP (S&D) and Chair of the Intergroup, to discuss […]

Putting rural issues on EU agenda: Industry leaders & policymakers join the RUMRA Intergroup for a breakfast briefing

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 for more interactions between rural and urban areas and presented a new RUMRA brochure to raise more awareness on this issue.
This event was an incredible opportunity to bring together industry […]

Cohesion in Rural Europe

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 more complete and comprehensive strategy is needed. Join the RUMRA Intergroup as we discuss what lessons rural and urban areas can learn from the past, and how can future policies […]

The European Committee of the Regions: The need for a White Paper on Rurality

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 the areas of Europe that have been for too long overlooked by European policies.

The brochure, entitled ‘The need for a White Paper on Rurality: from a local and regional perspective, […]