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The Rural Pact

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Strengthened governance for EU rural areas

The Rural Pact is a framework for cooperation among authorities and stakeholders at the Europeannational, regional and local level. It contributes to achieving the shared goals of the long-term vision for the EU’s rural areas by facilitating interaction on rural matters between public authorities, civil society, businesses, academia and citizens.

Launched in December 2021, the Pact has been developed with other institutions, stakeholders and members of the Rural Pact community and the final proposal was endorsed at the Rural Pact conference on 15-16 June 2022. Elements of implementation such as the Rural Pact coordination group are still being elaborated and will come early 2023.

Read the endorsed Rural Pact proposal.

Objectives of the Rural Pact

Participants in the Rural Pact

Benefits of participating in the Rural Pact

Participating in the Pact means:

  • Contributing to keep rural areas high on the political agenda;
  • Sharing promising initiatives and learning from others;
  • Getting priority access to collaborative platform and events;
  • Being informed on developments on all themes of interest to rural life, including consultations.

The Rural Pact support office

From 2023 onwards, a Rural Pact support office funded by the European Commission will:

  • Coordinate and facilitate exchanges between community members
  • Organise mutual learning events
  • Run the collaborative platform
  • Identify and promote best practices
  • Accompany and monitor the implementation of the voluntary commitments to act.

It will work in close coordination with the EU CAP Network, the BCO Network, the Territorial agenda for the EU, and other relevant initiatives to ensure synergies and complementarities.

How to take part in the Rural Pact