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15631/23 PAC/amcr 1
LIFE.1 EN
Council of the
European Union
Brussels, 20 November 2023
(OR. en)
15631/23
AGRI 719
AGRISTR 64
COH 90
SOC 801
EMPL 575
ENV 1329
OUTCOME OF PROCEEDINGS
From: General Secretariat of the Council
To: Delegations
Subject: Council Conclusions on a Long-Term Vision for the EU´s Rural Areas
(LTVRA)
Delegations will find in the annex the Council conclusions on the above-mentioned subject, as
approved by the Council at its meeting held on 20 November 2023.
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ANNEX
The Council of the European Union,
RECALLING Articles 39 and 174 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU)
and that working towards vibrant, multifunctional and prosperous rural areas constitutes an
important element of overarching EU strategies and a common objective of a range of EU policies
and policy instruments;
NOTING
- Commission communication (COM(2021)0345) of 20 June 2021 entitled ‘A long-term
vision for the EU’s rural areas: Towards stronger, connected, resilient and prosperous rural
areas by 2040’;
- The European Parliament’s resolution of 13 December 2022 (2021/2254(INI)) an the
Opinions of the European Committee of the Regions (2022/C 270/04) and European
Economic and Social Committee (2022/C 290/22) on the Long-term Vision for the EU’s
Rural Areas;
- The report of the Rural Pact Conference held in Brussels in June 2022 and the launch of the
Rural Pact Coordination Group;
- The lessons learned from the Rural Pact Conference in Uppsala (Sweden) on 3-4 May 2023;
and
- The outcomes and recommendations of the high-level rural policy forum on shaping the
future of rural areas, organized by the Spanish Presidency and the European Commission in
Sigüenza, Spain on 27-29 September 2023;
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HIGHLIGHTING
- that rural areas are essential contributors to the overall prosperity and economic strength of
the EU and to the green and digital transitions, assuming a pivotal role in matters such as food
production, environmental preservation, climate action and the fostering of our cultural
heritage; that agriculture plays a fundamental role in this respect and is key for the economic,
social and territorial cohesion of rural areas; and that many rural areas in the EU face unique
challenges, including population decline and aging, a gender gap, poverty, limited
connectivity, underdeveloped infrastructure, a lack of diverse employment opportunities and
gaps in the availability of and access to services;
has adopted the following Conclusions:
I. A VISION FOR RURAL AREAS TOWARDS 2040
The Council
1. WELCOMES the European Commission’s Communication on A Long-term Vision for the
EU’s Rural Areas, also known as rural vision, the holistic approach and structure around four
complementary areas of action for stronger, connected, resilient and prosperous rural areas by
2040, the related EU Rural Action Plan, and the launching and development of the Rural Pact;
2. INVITES, in this respect, the Commission, Member States and regional authorities to address
the diverse and multifaceted territorial development challenges and complexity of rural areas
and the socio-economic gaps between rural and other areas and calls upon policy makers at all
levels of governance to pay specific attention to rural areas to improve the living conditions
and promote housing and access to basic services of rural inhabitants;
3. HIGHLIGHTS, in particular, the diverse nature and specific needs of all rural areas, in
particular outermost regions, coastal communities and sparsely populated areas as well as
areas that are remote or suffer from severe and permanent natural or demographic handicaps,
such as mountains, islands and northernmost regions with very low population density;
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4. STRESSES that balanced and integrated territorial development, anchored in place-based
approaches, echoes the recently adopted new Territorial Agenda 2030 of the EU, and that it is
necessary to make the most of the potential of rural areas to foster their economic
diversification through new industrial, digital and service sectors, creating quality jobs and
more adequate, diverse and flexible employment opportunities; taking also under
consideration the particular needs of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises;
5. RECOGNISES the important role of cooperatives as contributors to the environmental,
economic, and social sustainability of rural areas, providing work opportunities, and keeping
rural areas alive and populated;
6. EMPHASISES, in this respect, the importance of investments in a range of sectors, including
agriculture, and of achieving structural changes on the ground to keep rural areas populated
and viable, promote smart development and to make the most of the green and digital
transitions, inter alia by addressing the prevailing depopulation of rural areas, demographic
decline and ageing, providing training and other supporting measures for reskilling and
upskilling people, especially with regards to digital skills and rural development;
7. WELCOMES, in this connection, the Commission Communication on harnessing talents in
Europe’s regions, and ENCOURAGES European, national, regional and local authorities to
address the low availability of public services, mobility, and infrastructure and to seize
whatever opportunities exist in rural areas, developing, for example, integrated and
community-led local development (CLLD) strategies and by improving access to financial
and technical support and capacity-building at local level;
8. UNDERLINES, once again, the important role of Local Action Groups within the LEADER
initiative and the bottom-up approach when implementing their CLLD strategies;
9. STRESSES that, while strong involvement of citizens and organizations from rural areas is
paramount for developing local strategies, active public participation at all levels of
governance is also essential to develop capacity-building measures, tailor-made, place-based
and integrated policy solutions, including multiple sources of financing and public
investments;
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10. EMPHASISES that more cooperation is needed between rural and urban areas in the just
transition to a climate-neutral, sustainable, and prosperous EU, based on a fair and mutually
beneficial rural-urban relationship and integrated development and investment strategies;
RECOGNISES the “anchoring” and “catchment” roles small and medium sized cities play to
achieve a more balanced territorial development and to help for the surrounding rural areas;
11. UNDERLINES the need to ensure a just and inclusive transition within rural territories,
promoting rural economic vitality and territorial and social cohesion, and leaving no one and
no place behind;
II. THE EU RURAL ACTION PLAN AND THE RURAL PACT
12. WELCOMES the rolling out of the EU Rural Action Plan to achieve the goals of the Long-
term Vision for the EU’s Rural Areas by 2040;
13. INVITES the Commission to continue monitoring systematically the implementation of the
EU Rural Action Plan, ensuring its regular update and the continuous and effective
mobilisation of all relevant EU policies;
14. SUPPORTS the implementation by the Commission of the concept of rural proofing by
assessing the anticipated impact of major EU initiatives on rural areas and encourages similar
approaches at national, regional, and local levels with the aim to ensure coherence,
consistency and complementarity between policies and instruments covering issues of
importance for rural areas;
15. STRESSES the need to enhance the coherence and synergies between EU policies and
instruments, including the CAP and the cohesion policy, and to build bridges between public
authorities to tackle economic, social, and territorial cohesion in rural areas and address
depopulation and brain-drain related trends; the principle of coherence should also refer to
administrative- and implementation-related elements when pursuing common objectives with
different supporting instruments;
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16. UNDERLINES the importance of expanding the EU Rural observatory, and the need to
improve data collection and the quality of rural statistics, inter alia with municipal-level and,
sex-disaggregated data and other types of functional areas, to inform the design and
development of evidence-based and relevant rural policies and actions and improve the
effective implementation of territorial impact assessments without increasing significantly the
administrative burden and costs;
17. WELCOMES, the rural revitalisation platform, and looks forward to the completion by the
Commission of the toolkit on EU Funding opportunities for rural areas;
18. STRESSES the particular importance of generational renewal in rural areas and in the
agrifood sector and INVITES Member States to actively support young rural citizens, inter
alia by facilitating their access to funding and land, providing, diverse and flexible
employment and training and educational opportunities and involving them in policy design
and in local decision-making processes;
19. HIGHLIGHTS the need to reinforce public investments and provide EU and national funds
that contribute to connectivity in rural areas, and the digital transition, necessary for them to
have access to new opportunities that need stable, very high-capacity network, and accessible
broadband coverage;
20. WELCOMES the EU Rural Action Plan flagship “Rural Digital Futures” and notes the need
to encourage digital innovation, data infrastructure and the acquisition of digital skills to boost
the competencies needed for the digital transformation of rural areas;
21. RECOGNISES that women represent a significant driving force for prosperity and social
inclusion in rural areas, however they are facing additional challenges and in need of
supporting measures to better integrate into the labour market, utilize existing and creating
new opportunities for employment and innovation, and participate in decision making; and
WELCOMES, in this respect, the inclusion of gender equality as one element of one specific
objective of the new CAP, promoting the equal participation of women in farming and the
socio-economic development of rural areas;
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22. HIGHLIGHTS the essential role of the agricultural, food, forestry, fisheries and aquaculture,
and other bioeconomy sectors in the rural economy, creating employment, bringing
innovation and enhanced and diversified incomes for local population as well as being a
source of sustainable and renewable raw material; and CONSIDERS that it is a priority to
further build agricultural, forestry and rural resilience to face demographic, economic, climate
and environmental challenges; EMPHASISES the adaptive capacities of rural areas
strengthening resilience and reducing vulnerability to climate change;
23. WELCOMES, in this respect, actions aiming at improving land use planning, sustainable and
resilient farming while enhancing food security, biodiversity, water availability, soil health,
renewable energy production, local value chains and quality agrifood products;
24. EMPHASISES the importance of implementing the Long-term Vision for rural areas in close
cooperation with rural citizens, encouraging increased attention to place-based development
and innovation through smart villages, community-led local development, regional
development, and boosting territorial approaches and local-led initiatives to create new
economic opportunities and innovative ecosystems and enhance basic services and
infrastructures in rural areas;
25. INVITES all national and regional administrations, local authorities and all stakeholders and
communities to engage and commit within the framework of the Rural Pact and to actively
contribute to the goals set up under the Rural Vision Communication and the objectives of the
Rural Pact;
26. STRESSES, in this respect, that networking under the Rural Pact and the CAP networks and
other relevant cohesion-related networks can play a pivotal role in disseminating and sharing
information and results on the rural vision among rural stakeholders;
27. ENCOURAGES the Member States, who have not yet done so, to engage in the Rural Pact
and design holistic strategies and action plans at national, regional and local level to address
the challenges faced by rural areas and enhance the opportunities they offer;
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III. THE WAYS FORWARD
28. NOTES that the future EU, national, regional and local funding for rural areas should duly
reflect the pivotal role rural areas are playing to meet the economic, environmental and social
challenges the EU and its Member States are facing, including the ones created by the current
geopolitical situation;
29. RECOGNISES that the current geopolitical context requires increased resilience and
competitiveness of EU rural areas, ensuring food security at EU and global level in the
framework of the Open Strategic Autonomy of the European Union food systems and
reducing external dependencies in key areas where the EU needs to build a sufficient level of
capacity to guarantee its economic and social welfare, such as sustainable agriculture, as
stated in the Granada declaration;
30. WELCOMES the Commission’s stocktaking exercise of actions carried out or planned in
support schemes for rural areas financed by the EU and Member States in the 2021-2027
programming period under the CAP and Cohesion Policy Funds;
31. UNDERLINES that, besides Cohesion Policy, the Common Agricultural Policy and the
National Recovery and Resilience Plans, all relevant EU policies should, enhancing their
coherence and synergies, be involved and contribute appropriate resources to support rural
areas;
32. INVITES the Commission to set up a monitoring instrument to assess EU funding supporting
rural areas by all relevant EU policies and instruments; SUPPORTS the establishment, at the
beginning of each programming period, of a procedure to ensure complementarity, coherence
and synergies between them without increasing administrative burden and costs;
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33. STRESSES the importance of adapting existing and future policies and procedures to the
diverse realities and needs of rural communities of small size and CALLS on the European
Commission, Member States, and regional and local authorities to simplify the procedures
and requirements for beneficiaries with limited administrative capacity, to facilitate
investment by optimally drawing from different EU and national resources and the use of
financial instruments;
34. CALLS on the Commission, when preparing the forthcoming public report in the first quarter
of 2024 to consider thoroughly the views of the co-legislators, including the present Council
conclusions and the non-legislative resolution of 13 December 2022 of the European
Parliament and DRAWS ATTENTION to the fact that the discussions around this report are
to feed the reflection on the preparation of the proposals for the next programming period;
35. INVITES the Commission to provide in this report an update of the rolling EU Rural Action
Plan and a set of reflections on possible orientations for enhanced support action and
financing for rural areas, and on the way forward; to lay out options to ensure further
synergy, consistency, coherence and complementarity between the policies impacting on or
benefiting rural areas and communities, and enhancing governance at all levels; and
considerations for more targeted monitoring of the Long-term Vision for the EU’s Rural
Areas as well as evaluation mechanisms embedded in updates of the EU Rural Action Plan
and in the Rural Pact, without increasing administrative burdens and costs;
36. INVITES the Commission to consider, as a result of a future review of this rural vision,
turning this concept into a EU rural strategy, with a comprehensive and flexible approach to
address different challenges and diversity in EU rural areas while maximizing their potential
and opportunities through a set of appropriate and relevant indicators, taking into account the
principles of better regulation and simplification;
37. INVITES the Commission to report to the Council periodically on its actions in relation to
these conclusions.

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  • 1. 15631/23 PAC/amcr 1 LIFE.1 EN Council of the European Union Brussels, 20 November 2023 (OR. en) 15631/23 AGRI 719 AGRISTR 64 COH 90 SOC 801 EMPL 575 ENV 1329 OUTCOME OF PROCEEDINGS From: General Secretariat of the Council To: Delegations Subject: Council Conclusions on a Long-Term Vision for the EU´s Rural Areas (LTVRA) Delegations will find in the annex the Council conclusions on the above-mentioned subject, as approved by the Council at its meeting held on 20 November 2023.
  • 2. 15631/23 PAC/amcr 2 ANNEX LIFE.1 EN ANNEX The Council of the European Union, RECALLING Articles 39 and 174 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) and that working towards vibrant, multifunctional and prosperous rural areas constitutes an important element of overarching EU strategies and a common objective of a range of EU policies and policy instruments; NOTING - Commission communication (COM(2021)0345) of 20 June 2021 entitled ‘A long-term vision for the EU’s rural areas: Towards stronger, connected, resilient and prosperous rural areas by 2040’; - The European Parliament’s resolution of 13 December 2022 (2021/2254(INI)) an the Opinions of the European Committee of the Regions (2022/C 270/04) and European Economic and Social Committee (2022/C 290/22) on the Long-term Vision for the EU’s Rural Areas; - The report of the Rural Pact Conference held in Brussels in June 2022 and the launch of the Rural Pact Coordination Group; - The lessons learned from the Rural Pact Conference in Uppsala (Sweden) on 3-4 May 2023; and - The outcomes and recommendations of the high-level rural policy forum on shaping the future of rural areas, organized by the Spanish Presidency and the European Commission in Sigüenza, Spain on 27-29 September 2023;
  • 3. 15631/23 PAC/amcr 3 ANNEX LIFE.1 EN HIGHLIGHTING - that rural areas are essential contributors to the overall prosperity and economic strength of the EU and to the green and digital transitions, assuming a pivotal role in matters such as food production, environmental preservation, climate action and the fostering of our cultural heritage; that agriculture plays a fundamental role in this respect and is key for the economic, social and territorial cohesion of rural areas; and that many rural areas in the EU face unique challenges, including population decline and aging, a gender gap, poverty, limited connectivity, underdeveloped infrastructure, a lack of diverse employment opportunities and gaps in the availability of and access to services; has adopted the following Conclusions: I. A VISION FOR RURAL AREAS TOWARDS 2040 The Council 1. WELCOMES the European Commission’s Communication on A Long-term Vision for the EU’s Rural Areas, also known as rural vision, the holistic approach and structure around four complementary areas of action for stronger, connected, resilient and prosperous rural areas by 2040, the related EU Rural Action Plan, and the launching and development of the Rural Pact; 2. INVITES, in this respect, the Commission, Member States and regional authorities to address the diverse and multifaceted territorial development challenges and complexity of rural areas and the socio-economic gaps between rural and other areas and calls upon policy makers at all levels of governance to pay specific attention to rural areas to improve the living conditions and promote housing and access to basic services of rural inhabitants; 3. HIGHLIGHTS, in particular, the diverse nature and specific needs of all rural areas, in particular outermost regions, coastal communities and sparsely populated areas as well as areas that are remote or suffer from severe and permanent natural or demographic handicaps, such as mountains, islands and northernmost regions with very low population density;
  • 4. 15631/23 PAC/amcr 4 ANNEX LIFE.1 EN 4. STRESSES that balanced and integrated territorial development, anchored in place-based approaches, echoes the recently adopted new Territorial Agenda 2030 of the EU, and that it is necessary to make the most of the potential of rural areas to foster their economic diversification through new industrial, digital and service sectors, creating quality jobs and more adequate, diverse and flexible employment opportunities; taking also under consideration the particular needs of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises; 5. RECOGNISES the important role of cooperatives as contributors to the environmental, economic, and social sustainability of rural areas, providing work opportunities, and keeping rural areas alive and populated; 6. EMPHASISES, in this respect, the importance of investments in a range of sectors, including agriculture, and of achieving structural changes on the ground to keep rural areas populated and viable, promote smart development and to make the most of the green and digital transitions, inter alia by addressing the prevailing depopulation of rural areas, demographic decline and ageing, providing training and other supporting measures for reskilling and upskilling people, especially with regards to digital skills and rural development; 7. WELCOMES, in this connection, the Commission Communication on harnessing talents in Europe’s regions, and ENCOURAGES European, national, regional and local authorities to address the low availability of public services, mobility, and infrastructure and to seize whatever opportunities exist in rural areas, developing, for example, integrated and community-led local development (CLLD) strategies and by improving access to financial and technical support and capacity-building at local level; 8. UNDERLINES, once again, the important role of Local Action Groups within the LEADER initiative and the bottom-up approach when implementing their CLLD strategies; 9. STRESSES that, while strong involvement of citizens and organizations from rural areas is paramount for developing local strategies, active public participation at all levels of governance is also essential to develop capacity-building measures, tailor-made, place-based and integrated policy solutions, including multiple sources of financing and public investments;
  • 5. 15631/23 PAC/amcr 5 ANNEX LIFE.1 EN 10. EMPHASISES that more cooperation is needed between rural and urban areas in the just transition to a climate-neutral, sustainable, and prosperous EU, based on a fair and mutually beneficial rural-urban relationship and integrated development and investment strategies; RECOGNISES the “anchoring” and “catchment” roles small and medium sized cities play to achieve a more balanced territorial development and to help for the surrounding rural areas; 11. UNDERLINES the need to ensure a just and inclusive transition within rural territories, promoting rural economic vitality and territorial and social cohesion, and leaving no one and no place behind; II. THE EU RURAL ACTION PLAN AND THE RURAL PACT 12. WELCOMES the rolling out of the EU Rural Action Plan to achieve the goals of the Long- term Vision for the EU’s Rural Areas by 2040; 13. INVITES the Commission to continue monitoring systematically the implementation of the EU Rural Action Plan, ensuring its regular update and the continuous and effective mobilisation of all relevant EU policies; 14. SUPPORTS the implementation by the Commission of the concept of rural proofing by assessing the anticipated impact of major EU initiatives on rural areas and encourages similar approaches at national, regional, and local levels with the aim to ensure coherence, consistency and complementarity between policies and instruments covering issues of importance for rural areas; 15. STRESSES the need to enhance the coherence and synergies between EU policies and instruments, including the CAP and the cohesion policy, and to build bridges between public authorities to tackle economic, social, and territorial cohesion in rural areas and address depopulation and brain-drain related trends; the principle of coherence should also refer to administrative- and implementation-related elements when pursuing common objectives with different supporting instruments;
  • 6. 15631/23 PAC/amcr 6 ANNEX LIFE.1 EN 16. UNDERLINES the importance of expanding the EU Rural observatory, and the need to improve data collection and the quality of rural statistics, inter alia with municipal-level and, sex-disaggregated data and other types of functional areas, to inform the design and development of evidence-based and relevant rural policies and actions and improve the effective implementation of territorial impact assessments without increasing significantly the administrative burden and costs; 17. WELCOMES, the rural revitalisation platform, and looks forward to the completion by the Commission of the toolkit on EU Funding opportunities for rural areas; 18. STRESSES the particular importance of generational renewal in rural areas and in the agrifood sector and INVITES Member States to actively support young rural citizens, inter alia by facilitating their access to funding and land, providing, diverse and flexible employment and training and educational opportunities and involving them in policy design and in local decision-making processes; 19. HIGHLIGHTS the need to reinforce public investments and provide EU and national funds that contribute to connectivity in rural areas, and the digital transition, necessary for them to have access to new opportunities that need stable, very high-capacity network, and accessible broadband coverage; 20. WELCOMES the EU Rural Action Plan flagship “Rural Digital Futures” and notes the need to encourage digital innovation, data infrastructure and the acquisition of digital skills to boost the competencies needed for the digital transformation of rural areas; 21. RECOGNISES that women represent a significant driving force for prosperity and social inclusion in rural areas, however they are facing additional challenges and in need of supporting measures to better integrate into the labour market, utilize existing and creating new opportunities for employment and innovation, and participate in decision making; and WELCOMES, in this respect, the inclusion of gender equality as one element of one specific objective of the new CAP, promoting the equal participation of women in farming and the socio-economic development of rural areas;
  • 7. 15631/23 PAC/amcr 7 ANNEX LIFE.1 EN 22. HIGHLIGHTS the essential role of the agricultural, food, forestry, fisheries and aquaculture, and other bioeconomy sectors in the rural economy, creating employment, bringing innovation and enhanced and diversified incomes for local population as well as being a source of sustainable and renewable raw material; and CONSIDERS that it is a priority to further build agricultural, forestry and rural resilience to face demographic, economic, climate and environmental challenges; EMPHASISES the adaptive capacities of rural areas strengthening resilience and reducing vulnerability to climate change; 23. WELCOMES, in this respect, actions aiming at improving land use planning, sustainable and resilient farming while enhancing food security, biodiversity, water availability, soil health, renewable energy production, local value chains and quality agrifood products; 24. EMPHASISES the importance of implementing the Long-term Vision for rural areas in close cooperation with rural citizens, encouraging increased attention to place-based development and innovation through smart villages, community-led local development, regional development, and boosting territorial approaches and local-led initiatives to create new economic opportunities and innovative ecosystems and enhance basic services and infrastructures in rural areas; 25. INVITES all national and regional administrations, local authorities and all stakeholders and communities to engage and commit within the framework of the Rural Pact and to actively contribute to the goals set up under the Rural Vision Communication and the objectives of the Rural Pact; 26. STRESSES, in this respect, that networking under the Rural Pact and the CAP networks and other relevant cohesion-related networks can play a pivotal role in disseminating and sharing information and results on the rural vision among rural stakeholders; 27. ENCOURAGES the Member States, who have not yet done so, to engage in the Rural Pact and design holistic strategies and action plans at national, regional and local level to address the challenges faced by rural areas and enhance the opportunities they offer;
  • 8. 15631/23 PAC/amcr 8 ANNEX LIFE.1 EN III. THE WAYS FORWARD 28. NOTES that the future EU, national, regional and local funding for rural areas should duly reflect the pivotal role rural areas are playing to meet the economic, environmental and social challenges the EU and its Member States are facing, including the ones created by the current geopolitical situation; 29. RECOGNISES that the current geopolitical context requires increased resilience and competitiveness of EU rural areas, ensuring food security at EU and global level in the framework of the Open Strategic Autonomy of the European Union food systems and reducing external dependencies in key areas where the EU needs to build a sufficient level of capacity to guarantee its economic and social welfare, such as sustainable agriculture, as stated in the Granada declaration; 30. WELCOMES the Commission’s stocktaking exercise of actions carried out or planned in support schemes for rural areas financed by the EU and Member States in the 2021-2027 programming period under the CAP and Cohesion Policy Funds; 31. UNDERLINES that, besides Cohesion Policy, the Common Agricultural Policy and the National Recovery and Resilience Plans, all relevant EU policies should, enhancing their coherence and synergies, be involved and contribute appropriate resources to support rural areas; 32. INVITES the Commission to set up a monitoring instrument to assess EU funding supporting rural areas by all relevant EU policies and instruments; SUPPORTS the establishment, at the beginning of each programming period, of a procedure to ensure complementarity, coherence and synergies between them without increasing administrative burden and costs;
  • 9. 15631/23 PAC/amcr 9 ANNEX LIFE.1 EN 33. STRESSES the importance of adapting existing and future policies and procedures to the diverse realities and needs of rural communities of small size and CALLS on the European Commission, Member States, and regional and local authorities to simplify the procedures and requirements for beneficiaries with limited administrative capacity, to facilitate investment by optimally drawing from different EU and national resources and the use of financial instruments; 34. CALLS on the Commission, when preparing the forthcoming public report in the first quarter of 2024 to consider thoroughly the views of the co-legislators, including the present Council conclusions and the non-legislative resolution of 13 December 2022 of the European Parliament and DRAWS ATTENTION to the fact that the discussions around this report are to feed the reflection on the preparation of the proposals for the next programming period; 35. INVITES the Commission to provide in this report an update of the rolling EU Rural Action Plan and a set of reflections on possible orientations for enhanced support action and financing for rural areas, and on the way forward; to lay out options to ensure further synergy, consistency, coherence and complementarity between the policies impacting on or benefiting rural areas and communities, and enhancing governance at all levels; and considerations for more targeted monitoring of the Long-term Vision for the EU’s Rural Areas as well as evaluation mechanisms embedded in updates of the EU Rural Action Plan and in the Rural Pact, without increasing administrative burdens and costs; 36. INVITES the Commission to consider, as a result of a future review of this rural vision, turning this concept into a EU rural strategy, with a comprehensive and flexible approach to address different challenges and diversity in EU rural areas while maximizing their potential and opportunities through a set of appropriate and relevant indicators, taking into account the principles of better regulation and simplification; 37. INVITES the Commission to report to the Council periodically on its actions in relation to these conclusions.