PURPLE Board election results 2019

Jun 8, 2019

The PURPLE General Assembly elects a President and Executive Board every two years. On the occasion of the 30th General Assembly held on May 29 2019 in Potsdam, PURPLE Treasurer Paul Van der Sluys took the General Assembly through the formal process of seeking and voting upon nominations for positions on the PURPLE Executive Board:


  • Mrs Helyn Clack had indicated her desire to continue as network President in advance of the meeting. There were no other applications. Approved unanimously, Helyn Clack (Surrey, South East England) confirmed as President.


  • Herr Rouven Koetter had indicated his willingness to serve as a network Vice-President in advance of the meeting. Approved unanimously, Rouven Koetter (FrankfurtRheinMain) confirmed as Vice-President.


  • Mr Mark Winnington had expressed a wish to continue in his existing role as Vice-President in advance of the meeting. Approved unanimously, Mark Winnington (West Midlands) confirmed as Vice-President.


  • Mr Miroslav Kubásek indicated his wish to serve as an Executive Board member. Approved unanimously, Miroslav Kubásek (South Moravia) confirmed as Executive Board member.


  • Mr Paul Van der Sluys expressed his willingness to continue as network Treasurer and ex-officio Executive Board member. There were no other candidates.  Approved unanimously, Paul Van der Sluys (Flanders) confirmed as Treasurer.

ROBUST project, Meeting 4

May 25, 2019

PURPLE Secretary General Vincent O’Connell together with Treasurer, Paul Van der Sluys, were in attendance at the fourth partnership meeting of the ROBUST project held in Helsinki on May 20-22.

O'Connell delivered a presentation updating project partners on each of the five ROBUST "Communities of Practice" topic areas and current EU-level policy developments.

The meeting marked the halfway stage of this four-year project with PURPLE due to continue in its role of leading work on policy dimensions of rural-urban linkages. As part of that work PURPLE will be producing a set of topic papers and guidance materials as well as a suite of policy recommendations and an overall project manifesto.

Invitation - Dear Landscape final event - IKOB Eupen, 19 June 2019

May 2, 2019

Our colleagues and friends from the Three Countries Park within the Euregio Meuse-Rhine have extended an invitation to all interested parties to join them at the culmination event of the project Dear Landscape (2017-2019).

Many PURPLE members will already be familiar with the peri-urban Three Countries Park and will recall previous conversations we have had at PURPLE Working Group meetings about the sorts of urbanisation pressures faced there and the need for high quality recreational and multifunctional landscape areas such as those the park offers.

The Dear Landscape project focuses on improving understanding of what people appreciate in their everyday environment and sets out to bring details of this non-monetary value to the attention of policy makers and public administrations.

Further details of the project can be found here in German, French, Dutch and English.

Also attached is a formal invitation document

We are invited to register at:

Green4Grey – final event details announced – Save the Date

Apr 8, 2019

The LIFE programme project Green4Grey (2013-2019) has been looking at how green and blue infrastructure can respond to the urbanisation of the Flemish and European landscape.

Led by the Flemish Land Agency (VLM), the successful application was submitted with a letter of support and commitment from PURPLE.

Details of the final project event have just been announced with a field visit and conference due to take place on September 25 and 26.

Attached is a Save a Date notice.  Further details will become available next month and will appear on the project website at:

ROBUST project event on food: April 11 2019

Mar 30, 2019



 Fostering the Circular Food Economy through Stronger Rural-Urban Linkages



The Horizon 2020 project ROBUST of which PURPLE is a partner holds an event entitled

Fostering the Circular Food Economy through Stronger Rural-Urban Linkages

in Brussels on the morning of Thursday April 11 2019 at the premises of PURPLE member region partner the Flemish Land Agency (VLM)

Details of the event and registration instructions can be found at:

Thematic Working Group meetings

Mar 19, 2019

The third PURPLE Theamtic Working Group meeting takes place in Brussels on Tuesday March 26 2019. The evemt will beled by the region of South Moravia and will address the subject of Peri-urban Transport. The meeting is the third in an ongoing series of wolrkshop-type events where specialists from PURPLE member regions are invited to come together and explore peri-urban dimensionsof given topics.

The session on peri-urban transport follows previous events on peri-urban regional planning which took place last September and an event focused on peri-urban agriculture which took place in late October.

For further details of these meetings and plans for future Thematic Workimg Groups please contact or call 00447989973561