The European Commission has organized a training for the technicians of the different departments so that they know more about the depopulation situation, and there the SSPA Network makes known the situation of the depopulated territories of southern Europe and their approaches to address this big problem. 70 technicians from the European Commission have participated in this training.
The Department of the Directorate General of Agriculture and Rural Development requested a meeting of the network of Southern Sparsely Populated Areas (SSPA), which presented the situation affecting the sparsely populated provinces. As well as the general characteristics of depopulation that many territories are living in Europe, and especially the situation that affects many territories in the interior of Spain. They highlighted their strengths as the quality of the environment and their cultural heritage, and their weaknesses such as the loss of population and the lack of communication infrastructure, both physical and digital.
Another issue discussed during the training was the progress of the negotiations of the new Financial Framework. The SSPA network once again underlined the steps taken by the proposal of the European Parliament in which important references to depopulation and the arrival of funds are added.
The SSPA network, founded by the business organizations of Cuenca, Soria and Teruel that has the collaboration of the Leader Groups of the three provinces, conveyed the importance of defining the concept of depopulation at European level and above all to be able to specify which are the territories with serious and permanent disadvantages to be able to act as a priority in them.
As they do in Spain, the network has highlighted the importance of promoting a diversification of economic activity in order to generate development in depopulated areas, as well as work to transmit a positive and positive image of the Rural Environment. They also talked about the multilevel governance that is recognized in the European Parliament, stating that it has to involve the actors in the territory more, especially in areas that need more immediate aid, with the aim of working in an effective and long-term way.
The General Directorate of Agriculture and Rural Development can help guarantee access to digital connectivity with a quality service to the entire population, which is why they transmitted to him how this lack of communications is conditioning that these depopulated territories have fewer development opportunities.
The SSPA network has also met with the Employment Department of the European Commission to discuss the European Social Fund and its important work for depopulated territories.
On Friday, the Networks of Sparsely Populated Areas of Northern and Southern Europe, the NSPA and the SSPA met, with the aim of strengthening their collaboration, monitoring the annual forum held in Norway, and continuing to reinforce the lines that They lead to common actions in the European Union.