Myth : Rural areas are all about agriculture

Rural communities are increasingly thriving and diverse. Only 9% of all employment in rural areas comes from agriculture. Services now account for 56% of rural employment and 65% of the economic value. You're more likely to meet IT people than farmers



FREE Position on the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive

The FREE Initiative is pleased to present its position paper on how Europe can make its rural building stock more energy efficient and sustainable.

Key is the need for policymakers to specifically address the unique and particular needs of rural buildings under a dedicated strategy. Any less than this will continue the current trend of insufficient action from the EU and Member States.

You can find our full position paper here.