Raising opportunities for young people in rural and remote areas: the Council adopts conclusions

The Council adopted by written procedure conclusions on raising opportunities for young people in rural and remote areas. The conclusions recognise that the EU’s population is ageing, particularly in rural and remote areas. On the other hand, urbanisation is identified as one of the current key drivers for change, with a significant impact on various EU policies. These trends lead to the need to ensure in rural and remote areas better availability and accessibility of public and commercial services, quality jobs and education, digital and physical infrastructures, public transportation, leisure time activities.

The conclusions invite member states to promote approaches aimed at reducing inequalities between urban and remote/rural areas and to develop cross-sectoral measures which reflect the views and perspective of young people in rural and remote areas. The conclusions  promote entrepreneurship, including social entrepreneurship as well as different employment opportunities within agricultural and other economic activities. Member states are  invited to encourage young people to become and remain involved in the life of local communities through different means of active citizenship, such as volunteering and solidarity activities. Member states and the Commission are also invited to promote synergies between EU programmes and initiatives such as Erasmus+, European Solidarity Corps, European Social Fund and the Youth Guarantee.

Lastly, the conclusions invite the youth sector to raise awareness among young people and the general population in rural and remote areas with regard to the opportunities within their local communities.