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

70%
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.
10,4%
Unemployment rate in rural areas increased from 7% to 10.4% between 2008 and 2012.
25%
One-fourth of the rural population has no access to Internet.
20%
In rural areas elderly people (over 65) represent a worrisome 20% of the total population.
24%
Although it is the main source of employment in Europe, the service sector only covers 24% of rural employment.

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