Euromontana hosts conference on Climate Change in Mountainous Areas

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) and the Association for the Development of Viticulture in the Douro Region (ADVID) in Portugal are organising the X European Mountain Convention – “Mountains’ vulnerability to climate change: how can […]

RUMRA hosts event on “Women between the urban and rural area – The success story”

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. The aim was to showcase the great work done by the women of the Community College Sesvete, Croatia, who organized themselves and started hand-made production of jewellery with the goal […]

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With the support of the three main political groups – as well as broad participation by colleagues from other groups – and the membership of MEPs from a vast number of EU countries, the first objective of a concrete representation of the interest of rural, mountainous and remote areas has been reached.

However, there is […]

The current energy landscape – Summary of consultation responses

In May-August 2015, RUMRA intergroup held a consultation on the current energy situation in rural, mountainous and remote areas.   More than a half of the respondents came from rural areas, while nearly  19% came from mountainous areas. Main extracts from the responses:


Lack of diversity in energy mix leads to poor choices of energy sources

The […]

RUMRA calls for White Paper for energy efficient, cleaner rural areas

On 25 November 2015, the Intergroup on Rural, Mountainous and Remote Areas (RUMRA) met in Strasbourg, France to discuss the 2030 Rural Energy Vision. A call for a White Paper on rural areas which clearly prioritizes the provision of secure and environmentally sensitive energy while encouraging homes and businesses to switch from high polluting fuels […]

Broadband access in rural and mountainous areas in the EU

Digital single market is one of those areas of progress that is at the same time most challenging and most rewarding. E-commerce, e-government and e-health, to name only a few, are examples of benefits that the EU Digital Single Market brings, with the potential of generating up to EUR 260 billion for the EU. Market […]

EU Commissioner Corina Creţu responds to the call to develop a White Paper on Rurality at a conference in Brussels

On Tuesday, 22 September the European Parliament Intergroup on Rural, Mountainous and Remote Areas (RUMRA) held a conference at the Committee of the Regions on territorial cohesion, rural-urban interactions and inclusive growth in the context of regional and cohesion policy and in relation to the Europe 2020 strategy. The event focused on the importance of […]

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Consultation on ‘Energy & climate change in rural, mountainous & remote areas ’

RUMRA is seeking feedback from stakeholders on current energy situation in rural, mountainous and remote (R.M.R) areas in Europe, as well as potential solutions to the existing challenges. This consultation paper is designed to identify measures and solutions for creating a comprehensive energy policy that could generate a positive impact on rural energy consumers. The […]

An Interview With Mercedes Bresso MEP, Chair of RUMRA

In an interview with FREE, Ms Bresso spoke about the successes and prioritiser of the European Parliament as the end of its first year approaches, her hopes for the RUMRA Intergroup and the challenges facing rural areas. She also discusses specifically the role rural areas have to play in the decarbonisation of Europe.

Q: The European […]