Making rural areas the engines of a sustainable Europe

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Joint European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)/ European Rural Parliament (ERP) Conference on making rural areas the engines of a sustainable Europe.

The ERP and the EESC are both concerned about the future of rural areas, which policy-makers and politicians generally tend to neglect. In their own way, both do their utmost to enliven rural areas so that people want to live and work in them.

Both the EESC and the ERP have urged the EU to come up with actions in support of rural areas, in an effort to steer policy in the direction set out in the Cork 2.0 Declaration. The EESC's Section for Agriculture, Rural Development and the Environment and the European Rural Parliament plan to organise a joint, web-streamed event on 14 March 2019 on EESC premises. The topic of discussion will be how, in the light of upcoming policy changes (The Reflection Paper "Towards a Sustainable Europe by 2030", Common Agricultural Policy, Multiannual Financial Framework, etc.), to better integrate the aspect of the future of Europe's rural areas into the policies of the next European Commission and European Parliament with the aim to promote a more Sustainable Europe.

A draft programme and registration form will be available soon. For any questions, please email nat-events@eesc.europa.eu

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  • 2019-09-24 - 2019-09-26 All day

    CAP 2021+: balanced development among the dimensions of rural sustainability

    Hosted by Institute of Agriculture Economics and Information Prague

    http://www.iaei.cz

    Key deadlines:

    • Deadline for abstract submission: 30 June 2019.
    • Notification of acceptance: 15 July 2019.
    • Conference: 24-26 September 2019.
    • Publication of full papers in Rural Areas and Development, 17(2020): Spring-2020.

    Conference email: 17erdn2019@gmail.com

    Abstracts template: Template.docx

    Call text: 17ERDN2019Call.pdf

    Objectives

    The main objective of this conference is to advance international knowledge transfer and scientific cooperation in the field of rural development and agriculture. The topic is highly relevant in the context of the current preparation of the new Common Agricultural Politicy (CAP) 2021+.

    CAP aims to integrate agricultural and rural development, bringing together various sectors of the rural economy and emphasizing the social and environmental context of the measures´ complexities. It addresses the following common EU priorities: (1) fostering knowledge transfer and innovation in agriculture, forestry and rural areas; (2) enhancing the viability and competitiveness of all types of agriculture and promoting innovative farm technologies and sustainable forest management; (3) promoting food chain organisation, animal welfare and risk management in agriculture; (4) restoring, preserving and enhancing ecosystems related to agriculture and forestry; (5) promoting resource efficiency and supporting the shift toward a low-carbon and climate-resilient economy in the agriculture, food and forestry sectors; and (6) promoting social inclusion, poverty reduction and economic development in rural areas.

    This large scope has certain advantages, but also disadvantages. On the one hand, CAP support has the potential to create synergies in rural areas, but, on the other hand, supporting a particular issue can lead to others being disadvantaged. A focus on only economic profit can lead to ecological damage and neglect of the social dimension of rural development. Without economic viability, however, sustainable life in rural areas and care for the environment would not be possible. The conference will focus on these synergies and trade-offs between economic growth, ecological sustainability and social dimensions as well as the role of CAP in balancing support of all of them. The aim is to present the lessons learned from current CAP design and describe future visions of balanced CAP support.  CAP strives for synergy between business development, nature conservation and social development. Therefore, the contributions shall be devoted to the relationships between these dimensions of sustainable development.

    The main question that shall be discussed at the ERDN Conference 2019

    How the future CAP can address and balance the development of three dimensions of the rural sustainability (environmental sustainability, economic growth and social cohesion)?

    There are synergies and trade-offs between policy measures, eg. support of some particular field/area can lead to disadvantages of other. The question “How and what will be supported?” is a political decision but one should stress that EU is strongly promoting the evidence-based policy making, where research outcomes are behind implementation of particular policy measures. Considering these drivers, the conference aims to show the pros and cons of CAP and make use of the lessons we can learn from current experience.

    Contributions shall focus on the relationship between economics and the environment, the environment and social cohesion as well as between social cohesion and economics.

    The topics for the presentation are divided into three sections:

    1. a) Trade-offs between economic growth and ecological sustainability (section one)
    2. b) Trade-offs between social cohesion and ecological sustainability (section two)
    3. c) Trade-offs between economic growth and social cohesion (section three).

    Submission of abstracts

    Abstracts should be between 200 and 900 words in length and should be sent to: 17erdn2019@gmail.com. Each abstract will be double-blind peer reviewed for inclusion in the conference programme by members of the conference Scientific Board.

    Abstracts template: Template.docx

    Presentations

    All speakers will have an oral presentation of up to 15 minutes which can be accompanied by slides in PowerPoint® format. The conference will be held in English without translation facilities. During the conference we will discuss all of them, agree and prepare a policy brief.

    Further details

    There is no conference fee but participants are expected to pay their own hotel accommodation costs.

    The conference will take place in Hotel Academia Velké Bílovice (more information about accommodation possibilities soon)!

    Scientific and Organizing Committees

    Scientific Committee:

    • Agnieszka Baer-Nawrocka, Poznan University of Life Sciences, Poland
    • Szabolcs Biró, Research Institute of Agricultural Economics, Hungary
    • Paweł Chmieliński, European Rural Development Network and IAFE-NRI, Poland
    • Wawrzyniec Czubak, Poznan University of Life Sciences, Poland
    • Andrew Fieldsend, Research Institute of Agricultural Economics, Hungary
    • Róbert Garay , Research Institute of Agricultural Economics, Hungary
    • Tomáš Hlavsa, Institute of Agricultural Economics and Information, Czech Republic
    • Ewa Kiryluk-Dryjska, Poznan University of Life Sciences, Poland
    • Andrzej Kowalski, Institute of Agricultural and Food Economics – National Research Institute IAFE-NRI, Poland
    • Vladimir Szekely, Academy of Sciences, Slovakia
    • Marie Štolbová, Institute of Agricultural Economics and Information, Czech Republic
    • Marie Trantinová, Institute of Agricultural Economics and Information, Czech Republic
    • Monica Tudor, Academy of Sciences, Institute of Agricultural Economics, Romania
    • Klaus Wagner, Federal Institute of Agricultural Economics, Austria
    • Barbara Wieliczko, Institute of Agricultural and Food Economics – National Research Institute, Poland
    • Marek Wigier, Institute of Agricultural and Food Economics – National Research Institute, Poland
    • Dan Marius Voicilas, Academy of Sciences, Institute of Agricultural Economics, Romania

    Organizing Committee (Institute of Agricultural Economics and Information – IAEI):

    • Tomáš Hlavsa
    • Ondřej Chaloupka
    • Marta Mrnuštík Konečná
    • Marie Šimpachová Pechrová
    • Marie Trantinová
    • Edita Turková

    Contact

    Marie Trantinová, Tomáš Hlavsa
    Institute of Agricultural Economics and Information Prague
    Mánesova 75
    120 00 Prague, Czech Republic
    Tel: +420 736 484 232 (Marie Trantinová),  +420 776 349 412 (Tomáš Hlavsa)

    Conference email: 17erdn2019@gmail.com