Unlocking Potential of Rural Economies: What role for the EU?

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Monearmore

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A public debate on the future of rural economies and what role the EU can play in unlocking their potential

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Rural communities and economies across the European Union are facing challenges such as underpopulation, underinvestment and ‘youth drain’. This has led to a widening of the gap between cities and regions and a sense that rural populations are being left behind.

Through measures such as Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and cohesion funds, the EU has sought to ensure this gap is closed. With only one-quarter of European citizens living in rural areas and more and more citizens opting to move to cities and larger towns, policy-makers have to grapple with ensuring rural communities are vibrant and attractive places to live and work. Central to this, is the creation of job opportunities, investment in education and training and the development of infrastructure.

On Thursday, 10 October at K-Town Bar and Grill, the IIEA will bring together an expert panel to discuss what the EU is currently doing to support rural communities and indeed, what still needs to be done. Speakers at this public debate will engage with the local community to see how policy-makers at a local, national and EU level can improve the ways in which they work together.

Speakers will include:

Michael Healy-Rae TD, Chair of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on EU Affairs;

Moira Murrell, CEO of Kerry County Council; and

Dr Mary O'Shaughnessy, Senior Lecturer, Cork University Business School, UCC

Chaired by Jerry O’Sullivan, Presenter of Kerry Today, Radio Kerry

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Killarney

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