Rural proofing means reviewing policies through a rural lens, to make these policies fit for purpose for those who live and work in rural areas.
There are many EU funding opportunities available for rural areas. The toolkit will guide stakeholders in making an effective use of them.
The new rural observatory, improved rural statistics and a definition of functional rural areas contribute to improving knowledge and data on rural areas.
The Commission has proposed a rural pact to national, regional, local authorities and stakeholders committing to address the specific needs of rural areas.