The European Rural Parliament (ERP) is a network and partnership that wouldn´t be there without your national rural parliaments, events, all the actions you do at home to raise awareness about rural concerns and possibilities. PREPARE members have shown great commitment in the ERP process.
2021 will not change that. For the first time ERP comes to Central/Eastern Europe, to Kielce in Poland, probably in late September. The host is the Association Swietokrzyskie Rural Area Development supported by the National Rural Network and by the Polish Rural Forum. PREPARE (and ELARD) are involved in the Gathering process via the ERP steering group. Also a Rural Youth Parliament will be organised. As in the previous editions of ERP, PREPARE and its members can suggest to host workshops, present ideas, case studies, local stories, as well as come up with statements or policy suggestions. We would greatly appreciate your inputs!
If succesful (we will know in January 2021), a project from the Europe for Citizens programme will give PREPARE an even stronger role in the ERP process, and some activities can be implemented this time also outside EU-countries. PREPARE has suggested to work on the topic of poverty and solidarity in the rural Balkans. In the same project, funding would be available for the preparation and implementation of the 3rd European Rural Youth Parliament, an event where PREPARE members have had strong presence.