The first Cork Declaration, adopted on 9 November 1996, forthrightly requested a fairer balance of public spending and investments between rural and urban areas. In the new Cork 2.0 Declaration adopted on 6 September 2016, there is only one concrete proposal with the potential to have a meaningful impact: the so called "rural proofing", whose aim would be to systematically review other macro and sectorial policies through a rural lens.
This joint conference has a double objective:
to confront the Commission, the Parliament and the Council with the current state of rural territories;
to urge them to come up with concrete measures on how to implement the "rural proofing" of all EU policies, which will imply the review of the EU structural and regional strategies.