WELCOME TO THE EUROPEAN RURAL PARLIAMENT!
Welcome to the website of this fast growing and unique movement, rooted in and working for the interests of the rural people and communities of Europe.
The European Rural Parliament ERP is a long-term campaign to express the voice of rural people in Europe; and to promote self-help and action by the rural people, in partnership with civil society and governments. The campaign reaches a climax every two years with a gathering of rural people from all parts of the wider Europe. Between the gatherings we co-operate across Europe to identify and report key rural issues and implement the recommendations of the biennial gathering. The ERP began with the first gathering in 2013 and has since held gatherings in 2015 and 2017. The next gathering will be in 2019.
The ERP is a partnership initiative of 3 European-wide networks: European Rural Community Alliance ERCA; PREPARE Partnership for Rural Europe; European Leader Association for Rural Europe ELARD. It involves National Partners in 40 countries and 5 European-wide networks, civil society organisations working to support their rural areas.
The 3rd phase (2016-17) of the European Rural Parliament’s work is now complete. This was very productive and has moved the initiative forward in many ways. During the 2 years since the 2nd ERP Gathering in 2015, we successfully raised funding from the EU Europe for Citizens Programme. This enabled multi-national work on 6 thematic projects, and the 3rd ERP Gathering in Venhorst, the Netherlands in October 2017. We expanded our partnership to include National Partners from 40 European countries and 5 European networks. We have also put the ERP firmly on the map in Brussels, with high level meetings in the Commission and participation in events and committees. You can read all about this on the ERP Activities and ERP Gatherings pages.
European Rural Parliament - Venhorst 2017
The very successful 3rd ERP Gathering in October 2017 agreed the Venhorst Declaration and an updated European Rural Manifesto 2017. Based on these, a Message to European Institutions was prepared, and forms the basis for our continuing advocacy.
For key documents and translations see "Gatherings - ERP 2017"
Edinburgh, Scotland, 9-12 April 2018
This was a huge and diverse event, with around 500 participants from around the world, especially Europe. Policy makers, researchers, NGOs, rural representatives.
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Final session - OECD 10 key drivers of rural change