(07 September 2016) – European Commissioner for Agriculture, Phil Hogan, welcomed the Declaration entitled “A Better Life In Rural Europe” presented to him by the participants of the Cork 2.0 Conference on 5-6 September 2016.
The Conference brought together 300 or so stakeholders in order to discuss current and future challenges of farming and rural areas, as well as potential policy responses – with a view to drafting a new Cork Declaration.
This Cork 2.0 Declaration comes exactly 20 years after the original Cork Declaration of 1996 that established the basis for the EU’s rural development policy.
Its 10 points advocate for investing in the potential of rural areas, not only in terms of jobs and growth but also for better integration into other policies.
With 85% of the EU territory managed by farmers and foresters, they are the guardians of the countryside and have a key role in providing important public goods in terms of protecting the rural environment. Ensuring fair and transparent contractual relations within the supply chain remains also one of the Commission’s concerns.