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#6 Moving Rural Youth Forward

Create conditions which enable young people to fulfill their potential in rural areas.

Despite the EU wide commitment to rural development and given the fact that by 2015 almost one third of the EU population were living in rural areas, prevailing differences exist between living in urban and in rural areas. Therefore, it is important to ensure equality for young people in urban and rural settings.


  • Ensure appropriate infrastructure in rural areas in order to provide equitable delivery of public services, data connectivity and housing opportunities for young people.

  • Ensure that sustainable, high quality jobs, accessible to young people are created in rural areas.

  • Ensure the decentralisation of different activities by, for and with young people in order to support their inclusion and to benefit local communities.

  • Ensure that young people in rural areas are actively participating in decision-making processes.

  • Ensure equal access to high quality education for young people in rural areas.

  • Establish a positive image of rural areas.

  • Ensure the protection of rural traditions.

You can find the thematic report of the Youth Goal #6 here: