AK supports the efforts to strengthen rural areas, which also play an important role in the ecological and digital transformation of the EU. However, AK calls for binding targets for the measures listed in this Rural Action Plan.

In order to ensure sufficient investments in climate protection and public services in rural areas, the introduction of a Golden Rule for Public Investment is necessary. In addition, gender aspects must be strengthened to achieve equal participation in the labor market. The exploitation of agricultural workers is to be combated by stepping up controls on labor protection regulations. Furthermore, a revitalisation strategy for the reuse of commercial and industrial wasteland is crucial to protect valuable soil.

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