The ERP2013 Process
The overall process was as follows:
The process – before, during and after the 13 November
|May – October||Information, mobilisation and submission of proposals|
|November 13||The European Rural Parliament event:
|November 14||Summary, feedback and report to European Parliamentarians|
|Nov 14 – Dec 15||Work continues with working groups of those who express an interest at the ERP|
|December 15||Reports from working groups submitted – to enable implementation of the results and future plans of the ERP|
|January 2014||Final report and documentation disseminated|
Wednesday November 13 – The European Rural Parliament
At the European Economic and Social Committee Headquarters, EESC
Rue Belliard 99, BRUSSELS
8:15 Registration – security control etc.
9:00 Welcome – Let´s talk rural!
Dilyana Slavova from EESC opens the ERP and Dacian Cioloş from the Commission will give the participants a video message.
Presentation of facilitator.
9:20 From a Glocal Perspective:
Changes, Challenges and Opportunities in Rural Areas,
Lucía Fernández de Soto, La Noguera Medicanelli, Spain.
9:40 ALL Europe shall live
Prof. Michael Dower, former Co-ordinator of PREPARE.
10:00 The Rural Community Movement in Europe
– the moving force in rural Europe
How local people organise themselves to champion rural issues
– an introduction by Vanessa Halhead, ERCA and Goran Šoster, PREPARE followed by contributions from a variety of rural people and interaction with the audience.
10:50 Break – time to chill and chat
11:20 Think Tank for cross-fertilisation of best practices, methods, new ideas and learning.
From learning communities to think tanks.
Speakers: Peter Backa, Senior Expert and Päivi Kujala Head of Finnish Rural Network Unit.
11:45 Getting Down to Action – the big issues
Introduction to the proposals gathered from across Europe and to the tasks for the workshops.
12:00 Lunch – buffet
13:15 Re-balancing Territorial Development in Europe
Workshops on the proposals and preparation of statements for the plenary, including: social enterprise, the rural voice, gender, local democracy, community led local development, best practice, and others.
15:00 Break – time for a brew
15:30 Let’s take the next step!
The European Rural Parliament and the Rural Networks:
the future Allocation of tasks – Your opportunity to become actively involved and sign a “declaration of intent”.
16:50 And to conclude. . .
17:00 That’s all folks!
Close of the first European Rural Parliament in history.
ERP is bottom-up – not only in theory!