Dear Friend of the European Rural Parliament

As you will know, the Third European Rural Parliament will take place this year – on October 18-21 in Venhorst in the Netherlands. We are inviting you to let us know if you would like to attend this great event. At this stage, because spaces are limited, we are asking you to register your interest in attending at:

It will be a wonderful event, attended by our partners from 40 European countries, as well as policy makers and European level institutions. This will be an important opportunity to influence policy, build our network of active rural communities across Europe and make new connections.

You can find further information on the programme, venue etc at:
Also information on the European Rural Parliament in general at:

If you have any queries, please contact the Co-ordinators:

Vanessa Halhead:
Kim Smedslund:

Based on the more than 300,000 contributions to the open consultation on the future CAP,

the European Commission has organised a conference in Brussels to present the results of the consultation.

The Conference "Have your say" is to take place in Bruxelles on 7th July 2017.

Interpretation and live web streaming in most EU languages will be provided during the conference.

See the programme for the Conference here. Pedro Brosei, Vice President of ELARD will be participating in the conference and Pedro has kindly volunteered to report back in brief on main issues.


The Commission received more than 300,000 contributions and a total of 1,417 position papers were submitted to the Open Consultation on Modernising and Simplifying the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) ending 2nd May.

Most of the answers came from individuals not involved in farming (93 %.)

Of the answers coming from organisations 77 % were directly Farming related. whereas 4 % came from organisations related to Rural Development

See more here