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The European Rural Universities were born in 1974 and were supported by the National Federation for rural Homes. They have developed a European standing in 1989 thanks to the creation of the Association for European Rural Universities – APURE.
APURE gathers today about fifteen countries all members of the European community. It is acknowledged by the European Committee and is a full member of the “Rural Development Advisory Committee” in the General Direction for Agriculture and Rural development.

From 7 to 9 November 2013 in Dordogne


The European Rural Universities


Since its foundation, about ten rural universities part of the whole group of country Members of the European Union (Poland, Hungary, Spain, Italy, Great Britain) have been set up.  Each session gathers more than 150 participants and mobilizes foreign delegations issued of about fifteen European countries through the participation of key figures such as Academic people, European Deputies, European Commissioners and network Chiefs coming from the rural society.

The aim of this event created by a popular and a civil initiative is to gather European rural actors, to build and create exchanges and animation places so to favour the development of a rural, solidarity showing and innovative Europe.  The intervention lines of the European rural University are research and action, training and popular education and mobilization of the actors networks.
Now approaching the European negotiations for the future cohesion policy for the 2014-2020 period, we found it important to greet and organize the 11th European Rural University Edition from 7th to 9th November with the following theme: “Rural Territories, Innovation Spaces and Future for Europe”.

On 7th November and beyond this principal set of themes, various panels of the European Rural University will develop discussions and more particularly the following:
- “The revision of the Cohesion Policy: what place for rural development?”
- “The development of the TIC: how to transform challenges into opportunities?”
- “Rural territories moving: strategies of local development, environment, tourism and patrimony as local development sources”.

To complete these reflection works and the thematic panels chaired during the plenary session, the European Rural University Session is due to be conducted on the whole territory, the Périgord Vert area, the Bergerac area and the Périgord Noir area so to value the wealth of our territories. 
This day called “Nearby and Foreign Voices” will also give local European actors the opportunity of leading exchanges on innovative projects and on local initiatives concerning the following topics:
- Jobs, training and social inclusion in a rural area (Périgord Vert),
- New technologies serving rural areas (the Bergerac area),
- Highlighting of natural and cultural patrimony as a source of innovation and of development (Périgord Noir).
This Edition is a real opportunity for exchanges and knowledge in local rural development.   Through this event we sincerely hope to highlight the initiatives lead by the European territory Actors and more widely the major part played by the European Union for their development.


Bernard CAZEAU
Dordogne Senator
President of the County Council

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