Archive of 2013

PURPLE meeting with DG AGRI Commissioner Ciolos

Nov 28, 2013

As part of the European Movement for Rurality (MER), PURPLE joined other European networks in a meeting with Agriculture Commissioner Ciolos on 21 November 2013.

As part of the European Movement for Rurality (MER), PURPLE joined other European networks in a meeting with Agriculture Commissioner Ciolos on 21 November 2013.

The meeting was in response to a letter to the Commissioner co-signed by 13 networks pointing out the need for the continuation of a strong Rural Development policy for rural and peri-urban areas and their communities in the new CAP for 2014-20. Rural and peri-urban ares cannot and do not depend solely on agricultural production and environmental support, important though these are. They require access to a wider range of opportunities to bring about more balanced development, sustain and enhance the quality of life of local communities and to enable them to play a full part in Europ'e future success.  This means realising their full potential for innovation and diversification, as locations for inftastructure and esential resoiurces.

Commissioner Ciolos responded by reassuring participants of his continued commitment to Rural Development policy. He commended the new tools which will be available in the CAP and regional policy for territorial development which will be available from 2014 in particular ITIs, and recognised that it is important that urban-rural linkages and more functional area approaches are included in these new tools.  However he reminded everyone that the subsidiarity rules place a limit on the capacity of the Commission to act directly.  They have proposed tools and measures in the new regulations, but it is up to the Member States to decide whether to take these up in national programmes.  He offered to improve communication on these in order to increase awareness and to compile indicators to track the performance of rural areas.  The EIP (European Innovation Partnership strategy) on agriculture and innovation could be deployed for example focusing on social innovation and using the cooperation measure of the EAFRD along with Horizon 2020 and he welcomed a collaboration on development of tenders in this field which will be published by DG AGRI in 2015.

Mr Michel Gregoire, President of PURPLE, stressed the need for wider recognition that Europe's peri-urban areas have a specific kind of development which encompass a mix of rural and urban. They require adapted policies and tools at European level in order to realise their full potential.  He invited Commissioner Ciolos to attend the next PURPLE General Assembly which will take place in the Drome area of Rhone-Alpes on 12 and 13 June, 2014.

PURPLE Workshop OECD Rural-Urban Partnerships, Bologna 23-25 October

Nov 28, 2013

The OECD's 9th Rural Conference in Bologna saw the unveiling of the European Commission's RURBAN study final report, and PURPLE members from Flanders, France, UK and Germany, joined forces with the METREX and CEMR networks for a pre-conference workshop on Mananging space in peri-urban areas: rural-urban partnerships in action.

View the workshop presentations of PURPLE members:

Councillor Philpi Atkins, Leader Staffordshire County Council, West Midlands UK
Reinhard Henke, FrankfurtRheinMain Region
Griet Celen, Head of Land Development, Flemish Land Agency
Michele Vitrac-Pouzoulet, Regional Councillor, Ile de France

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Carola Gunnarsson, Chair of Thematic Platform of Sustainable Local and Regional Development, (CEMR)

Julian Jansen, Senior Urban Planner, City of Amsterdam (METREX and PURPLE)

Supporting the work of PURPLE for recognition of peri-urban identity - a Peri-Urban Charter

Nov 1, 2013



PURPLE has launched a new Peri-Urban Charter.

We are eager to extend and strengthen its links with a wider range of bodies and organisations interested in peri-urban issues.

PURPLE itself is a network of regions and local authorities, but we know that there are many other kinds of organisations - public as well as private - involved in peri-urban policy issues, research and practical initiatives. These include non-governmental organisations, universities and research centres, local partnerships and initiatives, funded projects and even individuals.

The aim of this Peri-Urban Charter is to widen recognition of peri-urban issues and challenges in Europe.  Signatories, whether individuals or representatives of organisations, are not committing to take part in any actions of the PURPLE network, but are simply endorsing the wording of the Charter.

For more information, contact

Charter in French

Open Days Exhibition - Peri-Urban Posters

Oct 3, 2013

25 posters of peri-urban areas are on display in the Committee of the Regions, 101 Rue Belliard (5th Floor) from 7 October as part of the '100 EUrban solutions' exhibition taking place during  Open Days 2013.

These are selected from the peri-urban photography competition organised in 2012 by PURPLE, and show the specific mix of urban and rural features of peri-urban spaces, which provide vital resources and enhance the quality of life of city dwellers.

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Linking agricultural and food policy - conference in Paris

Oct 1, 2013

"Relier politique agricole et politique alimentaire dans les agglomérations et métropoles françaises"

Tuesday 2 November, at the headquarters of the Région Ile-de-France in Paris

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Regional solutions for spatial challenges in urban-rural areas

Aug 22, 2013

9 October, 14.30 – 17.30, followed by a networking reception, Brussels

"Urban-rural interdependence should be recognised through integrated governance and planning based on broad partnership" (Territorial Agenda 2020)

This debate will analyse rurban processes, and reflect on the role of regional authorities and whether the new tools proposed by the European Commission are sufficient and effective to tackle the challenges faced by rurban areas. Politicians and spatial planning experts from 11 partner regions from within and outside the EU, together with high level experts from the European Commission, the Committee of the Regions, networks and think-thanks will meet to prove that there are no borders when handling a global issue such as urban-rural interconnections.


Venue: Representation of the State of Baden-Württemberg to the EU, Rue Belliard 60-62, 1040 Brussels

Registration:, search code: 09C14.