Minha Terra Network, the Portuguese partner of the European Rural Parliament, that brings together all the 60 Rural Local Action Groups in Portugal, organized a meeting under the ROAD (Rural Opinions, Advocacy and Development) project, supported by the Europe for Citizens Programme, in Torre de Moncorvo, North of Portugal, at the 20th March. 

In this meeting the 64 participants, representing 40 Local Development Associations and LAGs, were informed on the European Rural Parliament activities and the final gathering in Asturias, in November. Minha Terra also informed on Conference “How to make rural areas the engines of a sustainable Europe” held by European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and the European Rural Parliament (ERP) on March 14.

The implementation of LEADER and multi-funded CLLD in Portugal and all the constraints felt by project promoters and LAGs, were deeply analysed amongst participants at the meeting, in the perspective of the preparation of Local Development support instruments in the next programming period.

Local Development Associations and Minha Terra Network decided to prepare in the coming months “Pact for Local Development 2021-2027 to be discussed and endorsed by a large group of national, regional and local stakeholders.