Demographic change is one of the new global issues that EU countries and regions are facing. Rural areas are particularly affected by this phenomenon, facing problems such as declining population, ageing population and emigration of young people.


Starting from a thorough analysis of the socio-economic situation of rural areas, the project European Rural Futures - EURUFU (May 2011 - April 2014), co-funded by the Central Europe Programme 2007-2013, aims to strengthen economic competitiveness and social attractiveness of rural areas by offering innovative solutions for Central Europe regions. EURUFU specifically focuses on four main areas:

  • social and health care;
  • education;
  • local economy;
  • job opportunities and mobility.



The project aims to:

  • Support a balanced economic growth in order to reduce regional disparities;
  • Develop new standards for the provision of public services in areas affected by demographic change;
  • Develop transnational strategies to attract residents, businesses and investments thanks to the creation of regional networks.



EURUFU brings together 11 organizations, including universities, development agencies, regional authorities and training centers in the following Central Europe countries: Germany, Czech Republic, Italy, Austria, Slovenia, Hungary and Poland.


LEAD PARTNER: Thuringian Ministry for Building, Regional Development and Infrastructure (Germany)


University of Applied Sciences Erfurt (Germany)

Ústí Region (Czech Republic)

Salzburg Institute for Regional Planning and Housing (Austria)

VÁTI Hungarian Public Nonprofit Limited Liability Company for Regional Development and Town Planning (Hungary)

Ister- Granum European Grouping for Territorial Cooperation (Hungary)

LAMORO Development Agency, Asti (Italy)

Development Agency Sora d.o.o. (Slovenia)

Biotechnical Centre Naklo (Slovenia)

EU Regional Management Upper Styria West (Austria)

Municipality of Brzeg Dolny (Poland)









The “Langhe Monferrato Roero Countryside and Literary Park” project promotes the countryside and cultural heritage of Lower Piedmont through an itinerary that integrates several different “literary itineraries” to discover the places where some famous authors worked and lived.


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