"Cities" and "country" are terms that shape our thinking and hide the fact that in the metropolitan regions between core city and rural areas there is an area that has its own quality: the peri-urban area. PURPLE, the Peri-urban Regions Platform Europe, represents the interests of these towns and municipalities, which are among Europe's engines of growth. Mr Rouven Kötter, Chair of the European Office and First Deputy of the Regional Authority FrankfurtRheinMain, is Vice-President of PURPLE.

The organisation's diverse activities include:

  • Maintaining contacts with the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Committee of the Regions
  • Formulating statements and position papers
  • Participating in political conferences and symposia
  • Organising own events especially within the framework of the European Week of Regions and Cities.

PURPLE also participates in European projects. It is currently a partner in the research project ROBUST.