PURPLE at the European Network for Rural Development

Oct 19, 2021

PURPLE Secretary General, Vincent O'Connell, today (October 19th) took part in the 16th Steering Group meeting of the European Network for Rural Development (ENRD).

Chaired by DG AGRI, Commission officials gave an uodate on progress with the CAP Reform process during the period since trilogue sign-off back in June, and outlined areas of possible operational changes going forward, as well as outlining the currrent state of play and planned next steps for the Long Term Vision for rural Areas (Rural Vision). The latter focusing on plans for the launch of the Rural Pact and for future work on rural proofing and the establishment of a rural observatory.

There was also a presentation with the latest developmenst and plans for cluster 6 of the Horizon Europe programme and the recent eatablishment of a Soil Mission as part of the programme architecture.

Attendees were also able to hear details of future plans from the successful winners of a recent procurement exercise putting in place contracts to a) manage the ENRD Contact Point, b) manage ENRD communications and logistics and, c), to manage the next iteration of the EIP AGRI. The last of the three was successfully secured by a consortium led by PURPLE member, the Flemish Land Agency (VLM) with more detail porvided later in the meetng of their planned activities as well as details of the team responsible for delivery.

There was also a discussion around the future of the grouo itself once it is reconstituted to align with the requirments and provisions of the new CAP legislation post-transition, That cannot be affected under all secondary as well as primary legislation is in place and is likely to occur next year.

For further details, or in case of any queries, please contact: info@purple-eu.org