The next European Rural Parliament
The Third European Rural Parliament will be held 18 to 21 October 2017 in the village of Venhorst in the Netherlands.
Venhorst, with a population of 1,700, may seem an unlikely setting for a gathering of 300 people from 40 European countries. But it is a lively and outward-looking community. Its Parish Hall will host the Rural Parliament. The school and the church will provide extra meeting places. Overnight accommodation will be with village residents, and in local farms and guesthouses.
Host for the event is the National Association of Small Towns, working with its provincial partner in North Brabant. Funding has been promised by the Netherlands Ministry of Internal Affairs, the province of North Brabant and the municipality of Boekel, alongside funds from the European Commission’s Europe for Citizens programme.
We are delighted that we can hold this great event in a rural setting. We look forward to enjoying Dutch hospitality, in a truly rural region which is also remarkable for its high-tech agro-food and other industries.
Launching the next phase of the ERP campaign
Good News! We have secured the funding we need to launch the next phase of the European Rural Parliament campaign, namely a €150,000 grant from the European Commission through the Europe for Citizens programme. This provides the base funding for a series of projects to be launched this autumn, building upon the European Rural Manifesto of 2015; and for the third European Rural Parliament, to be held in October 2017.
Details on the ERP 2016-17 Action Programme will soon appear on the website. We look forward to wide participation in this programme.
European Rural Parliament Schärding 2015
It's done! After a three-days event including field visits, plenary sessions and workshops, we proudly present the final document. You can download it on this website.
Here you can obtain the last press-releases: please download, translate it to your language and forward it to your press!
Many thanks to the 246 Delegates from 41 Nations who joined the 2nd European Rural Parliament.
Alll presentations and documents will published on this website soon.
Manifesto in other languages:
to all in the EP network
As United Kingdom citizens, who campaigned for our country to stay in the European Union, we are sad today that our compatriots voted by majority to leave the Union. As democrats, committed to listening to the people’s voice, we respect that vote. As joint coordinators (with Kirsten Birke Lund from Denmark) of the European Rural Parliament, we record with pride the fact that the voices and the partners in that Parliament are drawn from all parts of Europe, both within and beyond the European Union. We are committed to sharing ideas and experience across the continent, in order that the voice of the rural people everywhere shall be heard by governments, whatever their institutional structure. Our central concern is to promote the well-being of rural people, their collective self-help and their creative partnership with governments in every European country. The work continues. We expect soon to announce the hosts of the ERP 2017 Gathering and the priority projects in the ERP 2016-17 campaign.
Michael Dower and Vanessa Halhead
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