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Aprobados on 26/02/2014
Referencia: 
NAT/615-EESC-2013-5165
Pleno: 
496 -
Feb 26, 2014 Feb 27, 2014

In several Eastern and Southern EU countries there is a steady flow of young people leaving their hometowns to find work in distant cities. This is a worrisome trend. An ever-increasing global food demand will require in the near future that all agricultural surfaces be cultivated.

To abandon large production areas is a luxury that the EU cannot afford. In order to attach young workers to their rural territories, or to bring them back if they are already gone, the availability of good job opportunities is a necessary condition but not a sufficient one. Education and health services, ICT links, even cultural activities have to reach a minimum level that makes living in these places not only acceptable but indeed attractive.

 

 

EESC opinion: Towards a more balanced territorial development

23/05/2018

On the invitation of Staffan Nilsson, a former president of the EESC (currently Co-President of the Swedish Rural Parliament, a civil society movement), Istvan Komoroczki, a member of the Employers’ Group and EESC sections NAT and REX, attended the three day meeting in Örnsköldsvik, 440 km north of Stockholm. This event, organised every second year, coincided with the start of the election campaign and so all Swedish political party leaders – facing elections on September 9, 2018 – gladly accepted a call to express their views about the need to develop areas of the Swedish country-side and the ways and means of doing so. A brief report by Istvan Komoroczki will follow.

19/05/2016
Reference number: 
33/2016

The EU-China Round Table's 14th meeting was hosted by the EESC in Brussels on 18-19 May 2016. The Round Table was set up in 2007 following a Decision taken by the 9th EU-China Summit, which acknowledged that the exchanges and cooperation between the EESC and its Chinese counterpart, the China Economic and Social Council (CESC), formed an integral part of the EU-China relationship. Topics on the agenda included ...

09/06/2015

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) adopted on 17 September 2015 an own-initiative opinion on Rural Development Programmes. The EESC Opinion reviews the strategic direction of the rural development programmes and evaluates their contribution to revitalizing rural areas. In the preparatory phase of the opinion, the Committee organised three public hearings with experts and civil society representatives. At the 3rd hearing, held in Helsinki on 9 June 2015, we heard how these aims are put into practice in Finland through entrepreneurship, farm diversification and initiatives that encourage women's involvement, in particular.

14/02/2017
Hearing

The EESC hearing on 14 February 2017 was an opportunity for all people who were interested in rural issues to meet, present work in progress and exchange ideas and knowledge – and get inspired by examples of successful projects and initiatives in other rural communities. Together we thought of better ways to empower the rural communities to play their full part in addressing vital policy areas such as food security, renewable energy, environmental protection and job creation.

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