National activities across Europe are feeding into preparations for the European Rural Parliament (ERP) to be held in Schärding, Austria, 4-6 November 2015. A wide set of national campaigns led by 37 national or regional champions are providing a rich starting point for the European Rural Manifesto, now in preparation.
Some of the most ambitious national campaigns – such as in Portugal - organised a series of regional meetings, sometimes followed by a national event. The process has triggered active moves towards the creation of NGO-based national rural networks in countries such as Albania, Austria, Cyprus and Turkey.
Download the ERP 2015 draft programme, which includes plenary sessions, working groups and a ‘Market of Ideas’ to be held in a large tent in the town square. Up to 350 participants are foreseen, with 200 from national delegations. For more news and to sign up to the ERP Newsletter, visit the new ERP website.