Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture
One major objective of the Federal Government is to create and maintain attractive, liveable and vibrant rural regions. In the coalition agreement, the Federal Government advocates equivalent living conditions in cities and rural areas. The Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture assumes this responsibility and supports rural regions. The new "Federal Rural Development Scheme" (BULE) is one BMEL instrument to shape rural areas in a sustainable manner. On 29 October 2014, Federal Minister of Agriculture Christian Schmidt introduced the core principles of the national scheme for the first time.
The sustainable development in rural regions and hence more quality of life for people living in rural areas require close consultations between all stakeholders, that is citizens, associations and representatives from politics and business. The BMEL starts to hold townhall meetings with the citizens in 2015 to reflect the citizens' policy ideas for an integrated rural development.