The European Parliament Intergroup on Rural, Mountainous and Remote Areas

is a forum for policymakers from across the political spectrum to discuss legislation and initiatives, the intergroup is dedicated to regions often underrepresented in public dialogue.

Rural Facts

GDP per capita in rural areas represents 70% of the EU average, whereas urban inhabitants enjoy a GDP per capita as high as 123% of the EU average.
Unemployment rate in rural areas increased from 7% to 10.4% between 2008 and 2012.
One-fourth of the rural population has no access to Internet.
In rural areas elderly people (over 65) represent a worrisome 20% of the total population.
Although it is the main source of employment in Europe, the service sector only covers 24% of rural employment.


Euromontana conference sees the publication of the Bragança declaration

We, representatives of Euromontana, assembled here in Bragança on the 4th October 2016, do declare:

The first to be affected by climate change, mountain populations are […]

Euromontana hosts conference on Climate Change in Mountainous Areas

RUMRA board member Euromontana, the European Association of Mountain areas, in association with the Mountain Research Centre (CIMO) of the Polytechnic institute of Bragança (IPB) […]

RUMRA hosts event on “Women between the urban and rural area – The success story”

On Wednesday 16 March, RUMRA Intergroup hosted an event and exhibition in the European Parliament on the theme of women between the urban and rural areas. […]

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