The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) has published the information report on the impact of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) 2014-2020 on the territorial development of rural areas.

This report is an evaluation that includes of an ex-post qualitative analysis of the relevance, effectiveness and civil society’s added value of the CAP. It is based on consultations with a wide variety of stakeholders in five selected EU countries (France, Hungary, Ireland, Italy and Spain). The information report is translated into 23 languages.

Digitalisation was identified in most of the countries as one of the most pressing issues. The report emphasises the improvement of the connectedness of rural areas as an important solution for the territorial development and enhancing the quality of life in these areas.
The report also highlights that providing sufficient infrastructures (transportation, digital services, etc.) is needed to maintain competitiveness of rural economies.

The internet is proving to be an area of exploration and innovation for short supply chains. Numerous on-line ordering platforms have emerged in the last five years. These “food hubs” allow producers and consumers to interact directly, particularly in the case of products that can only be found locally. Digitalisation facilitates logistics in the food chain, and it can also be applied to production and processing.

 

Read here the full report.