Rural and Urban Development

An integrated approach related to rural and urban development and a stronger cooperation between areas is needed to provide more efficient land use and planning, a better provision of services e.g., health, public transport, and a better management of natural resources. Being a significant pillar of the common agricultural policy (CAP), along with the pillar of income supports and market measures, rural development can contribute to strengthening the social, environmental, and economic sustainability of rural areas.

Urban development should also focus on the intersection of environmental, economic, social, and cultural dimensions of urban life. “Measures concerning physical urban renewal must be combined with those promoting education, economic development, social inclusion, and environmental protection. It also calls for strong partnerships between local citizens, civil society, industry, and various levels of government.” (European Commission, 2020)

Source: European Commission