Idea #46 from the EYE2018 Report
28% of the European population lives in rural areas but not enough is being done to address the inequalities they face in the areas of political representation, mobility and access to knowledge. They lack the possibilities and opportunities to explore experiment and discover in the same way the urban population can. As a result, young people are forced to move elsewhere, leaving behind them an ageing community in decline. The EU should inject its rural areas with vibrancy, with the objective of retaining its currently dwindling youth community, but also presenting an alternative living option for young people in cities struggling to meet the rising costs of living. If rural areas are to become more attractive to young people, it is paramount that all their basic needs can be serviced.
- Adequate infrastructure must be provided which allows young people to reach personal, political and educational self-realisation.
- Extend the availability of education services to remote areas - such as courses with non-physical participation, in particular those aimed towards agricultural entrepreneurship.
- Regions should be able to fill in their own rural development programme, allowing them the freedom to incorporate the individual needs of their young demographic.
1. Why and how would this idea benefit young people?
2. Which groups in society would be impacted by this idea, and how can their different interests be accommodated?
3. What would be the practical steps to implement this idea in your town, your region, your country and/or at the level of the EU?