Rural areas generate
43% of Europe’s economic value

News

18.04.2019

Articles

Delivering heating innovation to rural areas

The European Commission recently presented its strategic vision for a carbon neutral Europe by 2050. Delivering low carbon and low-cost heating innovation is necessary to reach this goal.

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27.02.2019

Articles

Clean air and decarbonisation policies: what about rural buildings in Europe?

2019 sees the start of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) new 5-year strategic plan. The top issues identified by the WHO and its health partners are air pollution and climate change…

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07.11.2018

Event

A European agenda for rural, mountainous and remote areas

The RUMRA Intergroup (rural, mountainous and remote areas) in the European Parliament and the Future of Rural Energy in Europe (FREE) initiative are pleased to invite you to a breakfast debate hosted by Mercedes Bresso…

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03.10.2018

Press Release

Getting closer to the acknowledgement of rural areas in the European agenda

On 3 October 2018, the European Parliament successfully approved the motion for a resolution addressing the specific needs of rural, mountainous and remote areas, presented by MEP Iskra Mihaylova on behalf of the REGI Committee.

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05.09.2017

Press Release

The Renewable Energy Directive is an opportunity to reshape rural Europe’s energy mix

The FREE initiative welcomes the European Commission’s proposal for a new Renewable Energy Directive (REDII), underlining that Europe’s rural areas need a tailored approach if…

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05.07.2017

Articles

Energy efficiency can be the first fuel of rural Europe

Europe’s rural buildings consume more energy, less efficiently, than their urban counterparts. The proposal for a review of the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) marks a golden opportunity to address this issue, and many others.

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01.06.2017

Articles

Putting rural issues on EU agenda: Industry leaders & policymakers join the RUMRA Intergroup for a breakfast briefing

On 1 June, the Intergroup on Rural, Mountainous and Remote Areas (RUMRA) Intergroup, of which FREE is a board member…

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30.05.2017

Articles

UK drafted a new plan to reduce air pollution

The British government announced a new draft plan to reduce air pollution due to traffic. The plan tackles a critical health issue causing…

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10.05.2017

Articles

Reducing Energy Poverty with National Renovation Strategies

The Buildings Performance Institute Europe (BPIE) released an interesting factsheet recommending national renovation strategies to alleviate energy poverty…

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