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Get Out of Town – Fill the Rural Energy Gap #2 Webinar

13th October 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

The FREE Initiative (Future of Rural Energy in Europe) and the RUMRA & Smart Villages Intergroup are delighted to invite you to the second webinar of the series Get out of Town – Fill the Rural Energy Gap. These briefing sessions are aimed at MEPs, MEP assistants and members of the Intergroup. They will focus on highlighting key rural energy challenges & potential solutions.

Over 40 million European households in rural areas are not connected to the gas grid. These communities matter and need to be understood. To deliver a just energy transition, policy should reflect conditions in rural areas. However, data is often difficult to find. In the context of the European Commission’s Long-Term Vision for Rural Areas and the Fit for 55 package, the Rural Barometer survey aims to give a voice to rural citizens and businesses, analysing their expectations on EU policies affecting them

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Rural Barometer – Unveiling Citizens’ Needs

Wednesday 13 October – 15:00 (WebEx)



  • Introductory remarks by MEP Franc Bogovic, Co-Chair of the RUMRA & Smart Villages Intergroup.
  • Presentation of the Rural Barometer results by the FREE Initiative and Savanta ComRes

Panel discussion

  • Freddie Alloh, Savanta ComRes
  • Sara Bianchi, SSPA (Southern Sparsely Populated Areas)


  • Concluding remarks – Silvia Estivill, FREE (Future of Rural Energy in Europe) Initiative.

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13th October 2021
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm


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