All people, both urban and rural dwellers, deserve to live decently, have access to jobs, information, transport and cleaner energy sources.
The intergroup on Rural, Mountainous and Remote Areas has been created in 2014 as a response to the growing needs of those living in non-urbanised areas of Europe, which are often underrepresented in public dialogue. The Intergroup is a forum for policymakers and civil society to discuss initiatives and legislation which could have an impact on the well-being and future of more than 113 million people living in the areas we represent.
The intergroup has been initiated by Mrs. Mercedes Bresso, Member of the European Parliament (MEP), the Chair of the Intergroup, and three grass-root organisations: Euromontana, Rurality – Environment – Development (R.E.D) and the Future of Rural Energy in Europe (FREE initiative). Currently the intergroup is supported by a wide range of civil society movements (like the European Countryside Movement) as well as a growing number of Members of the European Parliament from across the political spectrum.