The role of Youth in Rural Development

Scope and objectives

On Monday 12 June 2023, the EESC will host a hybrid public hearing to gather the view of youth representatives, rural development experts and various stakeholders on how to promote sustainable and inclusive rural development that benefits young people and rural communities as a whole.

In the course of the event, we will discuss:

  • How to make rural areas more attractive to young people 
  • New sustainable jobs in rural areas
  • Training and education for young people
  • Services and governance needed for a meaningful youth engagement in rural areas

Through this public hearing, we aim to facilitate a constructive dialogue between policymakers, stakeholders, and young people on how to ensure that rural areas are vibrant and inclusive places for young people to live, work and thrive.


Young people can and should play a key role in the development of rural areas, but for this to happen, action must be taken with policies and investments aimed at making these areas more attractive and creating opportunities for territorial growth from an economic and social point of view.  

During this hearing, we will hear from a distinguished panel of speakers who will share their experiences and perspectives on the topic.

The debate will feed into the preparation of the own-initiative opinion on The role of youth in rural development. It will seek to define and promote a clear role for youth in the green and digital transition of rural development, develop partnerships with youth organisations, and propose recommendations for better coordination of rural development tools from a youth perspective.

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