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Livable Rural Communities in the Future - A new integrated governance model for managing the depopulation of rural areas


: RurALL
Framework: Danube Reginal Programme
Duration of the project:
01.01.2024 - 30.06.2026

Aim of the project:

The RurALL project deals with the significant challenge of depopulation of rural areas, which is known as one of the most common problems in the Danube region. As a result, rural areas are faced with a shortage of highly skilled labor, a decrease in economic competitiveness, a growing aging population, a decrease in accessibility and a deterioration in the quality of public services. Rural communities lack the resources and capacity to develop an effective policy response to such a comprehensive challenge, so we will develop a multi-stakeholder model of governance. We take a cross-sectoral and interdisciplinary approach, supported by intensive community engagement activities, and present deteriorating housing as a tool and potential solution to address the challenge. Our main goal is to develop a governance model to address the depopulation of rural areas by improving the planning, management and decision-making/collaborative capabilities of rural communities to exploit the potential of deteriorating housing. The project was inspired by the New European Bauhaus initiative and results in a transnational governance model for the exploitation of deteriorating residential buildings, bringing together a critical mass of international experts, policy makers and citizens, intensive knowledge exchange/sharing, pooling of ideas and resources, application of good practices and innovative/improved solutions. Rural communities will strengthen their governance and institutional capacities. The project involves local/regional public authorities, research and business organizations, as well as civil organizations from 11 countries (14 partners + 7 APs). The consortium develops two action plans (governance model framework, community involvement plan) and implements four pilot actions (mapping of residential buildings, ideas for the functions of residential buildings, ideas for renovating residential buildings and business models for financing renovation) while creating the multi-stakeholder participatory governance model.

Project partners:

  • Beltinci Municipality - Slovenia
  • ZSI Centre for Social Innovation - Austria
  • PBN Pannon Business Network Association - Hungary
  • City of Bystrice - Czech Republic
  • ADEL Slovakia - Slovakia
  • Satu Mare County Intercommunity Development Association - Romania
  • Primorje-Gorski Kotar County - Croatia
  • Development agency of the City of Prijedor “PREDA” - Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Regional Economic Development Agency for Sumadija and Pomoravlje - Serbia
  • Municipality of Mojkovac - Montenegro
  • Association Business Information and Consulting Center - Sandanski - Bulgaria
  • First Hungarian Responsible Innovation Association - Hungary
  • Institute PIP - Slovénia
  • MOBA Housing SCE - Croatia

Activity of PBN:

PBN plays an active role in the RurALL project as the host of pilot studies. In addition, PBN is committed to learning about, mastering and integrating the new and effective methods used during the project into its own operations. These activities contribute to the development of an integrated governance model aimed at managing the depopulation of rural areas, thereby strengthening the role of PBN in regional development processes.

Budget in Euro:
Project overall budget: 2.597.692,50 €
Interreg Funds (PBN):141 840,00 €

Project homepage: https://interreg-danube.eu/projects/rurall
Program homepage: https://interreg-danube.eu/
Project manager: Renáta Csabai (renata.csabai@pbn.hu)

'This project is supported by the Interreg Danube Region Programme project co-funded by the European Union'