Active citizens in the rural areas

Working Group “Active citizens in the rural areas”

Next meeting: October 20th 2017 in Budapest


“How to make villages worth living and (sometimes) working in”

Working Group active citizens in rural areas February 2017

The last decades many changes took place in rural areas and villages. Changes in the agricultural sector, closing of shops and schools, young people leaving the areas, etc. Not so long ago, people used to live and work in the same area, which leaded to natural commitment with their own village. Nowadays this has changed a lot and it means that newcomers do not always participate in village life. These developments are very similar in European countries. The challenge is to strengthen the vitality of the small villages and to empower the citizens of the villages. Therefore it is important to exchange experiences, discuss methods to stimulate citizens to be active in their own village, cooperation between generations, etc. These activities should contribute to a sustainable rural development.

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Working Group active citizens in rural areas February 2016

During the first meeting in Salzburg, we discussed about the different aspects of this subject. It was agreed that during the next meeting we should try to choose among the many aspects of this subject as it will not be possible to cover all of them.

Some subjects that could be important to discuss:

  • The role of active citizens and volunteers in the rural areas
  • Different profiles and age groups in the rural areas
  • Competences on how to stimulate active citizenship
  • Successful strategies , based on best practices in the different countries

Road map rural areas_250pxThere are several possibilities to deal with these points. Therefore, it is important to discuss what our ambition is, what we want to reach.


  • Share experiences
  • Development of a brochure and website about best practices
  • Preparing a Erasmus+ K1 project
  • Preparing Erasmus + K2 project
  • Preparing citizens project
  • Development of new training and teaching models for active citizens in the rural areas
  • Other…………

The group is chaired by Henk Hijink and Jantsje van der Spoel from Learn for Life