Dec 29, 2022
Nov 16, 2022
When the 35th PURPLE General Assembly convened in Brussels in June 2022, it adopted, with amendments to be made, a statement regarding the Russian invasion of Ukraine ealrier in the same year and the ongoing war situation which has ensued.
In addition to deploring the situation and circumstances themselves, the network endorsed a statement which also highlighted its particular potential and actual ramifications for peri-urban places and actors. In particular, it highlighted:
In each context, the paper explained how the effects might be experienced in particular ways in peri-urban settings across Europe, but particularly in areas closest to the warzone.
The statement itself can be downloaded here
Oct 26, 2022
The PURPLE General Assembly held in mid June 2022 - its 35th - adopted a paper regarding the actual impacts and potential future ramifications of the global Covid19 outbreak on peri-urban areas and actors.
Entitled, "Peri-urban areas and Covid-19: Impacts, challenges, recovery and opportunities" the adopted paper is the result of an iterative piece of work undertaken by the network's Working Goup over the previous two years with earlier versions of the text coming to the GA previously as a sort of "thinkpiece" and intended trigger for discussion and debate.
The version of the document adopted for publication at the General Assembly, comprises a number of free-standing sections:
The four-page paper can be read in full here:
Jul 13, 2022
PURPLE has continued its involvement in the development of a CoR Opinion "Small urban areas as key actors to manage a just transition", and in particular in its ongoing liaison with the relevant CoR Rapporteur - Kieran McCarthy.
The text of the Opinion itself has now reached the stage of having being approved by the CoR COTER Commission at its meeting held in mid July and will next be submitted to the October CoR plenary for full and formal adoption.
Prior to the July submission date, PURPLE prepared an updated version of its previous position paper on small urban areas (SUAs) emphasising that although SUAs and peri-urban territory is in no way synonymous, in many cases we will be referring to the same geographies, especially in the instance of complex polycentric settlement patterns common in many parts of Europe.
The PURPLE paper suggests that: "Locations such as those focused upon within the Opinion play a unique role, and have a unique potential as places where the urban and rural actors and interests are interdependent, where they overlap and indeed combine to form a distinct type of geography and sense of place. This role is valuable, often overlooked, ignored, or misunderstood, and has the potential to make a particular type of contribution that extends across both urban and rural policy agendas".
The July 2022 version also includes a number of relevant textual extracts drawn from the Policy Recommendations and Policy Manifesto documents which PURPLE had authored as part of the Horizon 2020 project ROBUST.
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Jul 7, 2022
At its 35th General Assembly held in June 2022, network members endorsed a formal PURPLE statement on the European Commission's Long Term Vision for Rural Areas (LTVRA).
The published paper falls into two parts - outlining a series of positions which PURPLE has arrived at over a substantial period of time, but also including specific reference to the work which had been done with regard to the LTVRA by PURPLE as a part of its partner role within the Horizon 2020 project ROBUST.
By way of context, the document highlighted PURPLE's long-standing involvment in the topic, highlighting:
A series of nearly thrirty bulleted points set out PURPLE's position with regard to the development and content of the LTVRA up to the point in the process where the Rural Action Plan has been arrived at, and a Rural Pact has been established, to which PURPLE has publicly pledged its support.
The full seven-page document can be accessed here.
ROBUST receives funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 727988. The content of this publication does not reflect the official opinion of the European Union. Responsibility for the information and views expressed therein lies entirely with the author(s).
Jul 5, 2022
Further to previous news stories, the PURPLE Working Group has been closely following developments up to and beyond the first deadline for applications for the Interreg Europe 2021-27 programme - 31 May 2022.
By the point at which the first call closed, the group had made substantial progress in developing three project ideas, each with a clear peri-urban focus. The first and second both overtly address spatial planning and development issues - looking at the improved use of "green belts" and other similar demarcation regimes in the first case, and at the broader benefit and key role of peri-urban areas as part of larger functional areas in the second. The third piece of work (and potential IE project) looks at the critical role played by peri-urban settings in joined-up mobility systems and services. The three developing work strands will each be returned to as attention shifts to the second call deadline next year.
In the meanwhile, details of applications submitted to the first call have now been released by the programme secretariat - a short analysis paper has been prepared and circulated to PURPLE Working Group members for their consideration pending a return to the subject at the next group meeting scheduled to take place in September.
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