07 Sep 2016
EUROPEAN COMMISSION DAILY NEWS – 07 SEPTEMBERBrussels Daily
Agriculture: Commissioner Hogan welcomes the Cork Declaration on the future of rural areas
European Commissioner for Agriculture, Phil Hogan, welcomed the Declaration entitled “A Better Life In Rural Europe” presented to him by the participants of the Cork 2.0 Conference. “I believe that the Declaration will feed into our deliberations of the future of the CAP”, declared Commissioner Hogan at the end of the two day Conference gathering over 300 stakeholders. This Declaration comes 20 years after the original Cork Declaration of 1996 that established the basis for the EU’s rural development policy. Its 10 points advocate for investing in the potential of rural areas, not only in terms of jobs and growth but also for better integration into other policies. With 85% of the EU territory managed by farmers and foresters, they are the guardians of the countryside and have a key role in providing important public goods in terms of protecting the rural environment. Ensuring fair and transparent contractual relations within the supply chain remains also one of the Commission’s concerns. Further information on the drafting and the Conference is available online.
EUROSTAT: Flagship publication Urban Europe – A statistical portrait of cities, towns and suburbs across the European Union – Satisfaction prevails among inhabitants of EU capital cities
Home to almost three quarters of the population of the European Union (EU), urban areas play an important role in our lives. Cities can be viewed as both the source of and solution to many of today’s economic, social and environmental challenges. Full text available on EUROSTAT website
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