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CRE contributes to continuing rural development policy in Europe

This month Dr Carmen Hubbard represented CRE at Cork 2.0 2016 where delegates discussed the new challenges and opportunities facing rural areas and farming in years to come and drafted a new Cork 2.0 Declaration 2016: A Better Life in Rural Areas.  It is 20 years since rural development was launched as an EU policy in its own right at a conference of rural stakeholders held in Cork where the Declaration was drafted.   Dr Hubbard said: “It was a great privilege for me to be invited to participate in this significant forum, along with European Commissioner Phil Hogan, former EU Commissioner Franz Fischler who initiated the original Cork Declaration in 1996, and over 300 EU representatives and, as one of a group of only eight people, to work with the Chair Heino von Meyer from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development on drafting the final document.  Our work here at Newcastle has demonstrated the vital importance of rural proofing as a process during policymaking and I was delighted to see this included in the Declaration, following a very full and positive two days of debate, discussion and networking with European colleagues.”  

published on: 13 September 2016