About us


PURPLE was set up in 2004 and has been representing the interests of peri-urban regions for over fifteen years now.  Over that time, it has brought together regions from across the EU including: Brandenburg, Dublin, Flanders, Frankfurt/Rhein-Main, Île de France, Mazovia, MHAL (Province of Limburg), Nord Pas de Calais (as was), Randstad, Rhône-Alpes, Surrey, South Moravia, West Midlands and Wielkopolska.

PURPLE's founding position paper (2004)

PURPLE members represent peri-urban territories, where urban and rural features co-exist.

Member areas are working together to maximise the advantages resulting from their location in proximity to large cities while minimising adverse impacts on the character, landscape and environment that make them distinct and special. Peri-urban regions in Europe are facing over-pressure. The balance between sustainable open space, sustainable agriculture and urban spatial and economic dynamics needs to be re-established. There are opportunities as well as challenges for those living and working in peri-urban regions, which should be reflected in tailor-made policies and strategies.

PURPLE continues to work to raise awareness of the specific peri-urban agenda at European, national and regional levels. At EU level, we feel there has been a lack of recognition by European institutions of the need for specific policies or support for peri-urban regions. Yet such places and spaces constitute the interface between the 75% of EU citizens living in Europe’s urban areas and the adjacent countryside, which is increasingly valued for its local produce and resources, its diverse landscapes, rich cultural heritage and quality of life.

PURPLE regions wish to share experience and best practice with each other and with other regions, designing and developing partnerships for EU projects and for other purposes.


Last updated: 20 October, 2020