LDnet had devoted its workshop at EWRC2018 to the theme of “Local strategies for retaining and attracting talent“. Therefore, it is of considerable interest that this debate is advancing further.
On Friday 25 October 2019, EPRC hosted a seminar looking at the challenges faced by rural areas in remaining attractive places for young people. The presentations and discussions started from a stock-take of shrinking rural areas across Europe and then moved on to examples of policy measures from Italy and Scotland.
Stefan Kah from EPRC, made an introduction that not only showed an increased attention given to the subject, but also that policy-makers have long been aware of the challenges of keeping young people in rural areas.
Among the presentations, Sabrina Lucatelli, Senior Expert of Public Policy and Vice Chair of the OECD Rural Working Group, outlined the Italian Inner Areas Strategy which targets 72 selected areas across Italy, covering almost 17% of the territory and 3% of the population. The strategy aims to empower territories and people to restore growth and well-being, using a combination of different EU and domestic funding sources. There is a strong focus on young people, not least through many interventions in the area of education.
For more information regarding this seminar, please contact EPRC’s Stefan Kah.