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    Regional development plans against rural depopulation – concept to increase the life quality for the next generation

    24th – 26th of September 2017: 13th CONFERENCE OF EUROPEAN REGIONS AND CITIES in the Salzburg Congress

    Since the theme of the rural exodus concerns the regions in all over Europe, the IRE focuses in this year’s 13th Conference of European Regions and Cities in Salzburg on this current matter. 

    The Austrian Federal Minister for Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management, Andrä Rupprechter, will be the highly topical representative of the IRE panel discussion “How to keep Rural Areas attractive for Future Generations”, who will, among other things, refer on the Masterplan for rural areas. “We need more equal opportunities for regions, we want more future perspectives for people living in rural areas” according to the minister, who takes position on this issue in Austria’s largest participation process in rural areas.

    Furthermore, emigration, especially of young people, into the large urban centers of Europe is an acute problem in many countries. This leads to the emptying of the rural regions and to serious problems in the larger cities. Concrete measures must be created to guarantee a sustainable and, above all, a healthy future for future generations.

    Introductory keynotes on this utterly important topic are held by Elisabeth Köstinger (Member of the European Parliament, President of the Eco-Social Forum Europe, Austria) and Thomas Stelzer (Governor of Upper Austria, Linz, Austria).

    Subsequently, in a panel discussion perspectives on this topic will be analysed. The following panelistswill provide information about the formation and future of rural areas:
    Caroline Fernolend 
    (Vicepresident, Mihai Eminescu Trust, Sighisoara, Romania)

    Alois Steinbichler
    (Director General Kommunal Kredit Austria AG, Vienna, Austria)
    Robert Thaler 
    (Head of Department I/5 Mobility Transport, Noise, the Austrian Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Environment and Water Management, Vienna, Austria)
    Gerlind Weber 
     (Professor, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria)
    Kurt Weinberger
    (Director General of the Österreichische Hagelversicherung, Vienna, Austria)
    These dedicated entrepreneurs, as well as representatives of European, national and regional levels, are discussing ways to address the above-mentioned development in order to keep the rural regions attractive for the next generation.
    The program and further information can be found here
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