Rural innovation

Rural life across the EU is often viewed through postcards of dramatic scenery and picturesque villages, but for the 96 million Europeans who live in rural areas, the reality is often grimmer: a lack of public services, fewer job prospects, and an ageing population. [Hindrik Sijens / Flickr]

Rural areas in Europe face particular challenges: lower median income than big cities, lack of social and cultural life, lack of internet infrastructure, and depopulation. By mid-2021, the European Commission wants to articulate a new long-term vision for rural areas, saying they have a special role to play in the transition to a green and sustainable Europe.

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