Rural development is a very important issue for all Western Balkan countries, because of the significant number of rural population, huge rural territories and contribution of agriculture in economy of the countries.

Based on the huge experience of national rural parliaments across Europe, the national rural development networks members of the Balkan Rural Development Network and the Development Foundation of Turkey, organised the First Balkan Rural Parliament from 26th – 28th June 2018 in Vrnjačka Banja (Serbia). The First Balkan Rural parliament was supported by project “ALTER – Active Local Territories for Economic development of Rural Areas “, funded by European Union.

The Declaration was adopted at the First Balkan Rural Parliament and it is addressed to governments and inter-governmental institutions of the Western Balkan countries and Turkey, and to all stakeholders who can contribute to the well-being of rural communities in these countries.