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
Welcome to the Website of the European Rural Parliament Initiative!
The second European Rural Parliament was held in the beautiful small town of Schärding in Austria, 4 to 6 November 2015. More than 250 delegates were registered, from exactly 41 European countries.
The aim of the European Rural Parliament is
- To strengthen the voice of the rural communities of Europe, and to ensure that the interests and well-being of these communities are strongly reflected in national and European policies
- To promote self-help, common understanding, solidarity, exchange of good practice and cooperation among rural communities throughout Europe.
The campaign to prepare for the second European Rural Parliament was launched on 1 January 2015, and embraces action in more than 30 European countries.
The climax of the campaign was the ERP 2015 Gathering, held at the beautiful small town of Schärding in Austria on 4-6 November 2015.
The European Rural Parliament is co-initiated by the European Rural Community Alliance, PREPARE Partnership for Rural Europe, and European LEADER Association for Rural Development
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