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GRANULAR will produce a rural compass with novel data and tools

GRANULAR will produce a rural compass with novel data and tools to characterise rural diversity and guide actors in the design of tailored rural policies. Rural areas cover 80% of the European Union’s surface and represent 30% of its citizens. Today, rural areas have to face several challenges and opportunities in the light of their digital and green transition, under global environmental change. Such needs, challenges and opportunities can be very different across Europe due to the diversity o...
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Our friend Michael DOWER passed away

Our friend Michael DOWER passed away on 7 November 2022. A great champion of rural communities, well known to generations of rural activists in Europe. Retired professor of the University of Gloucestershire, but active to the very last moment – we will remember his passionate video speech to the Kielce meeting of the European Rural Parliament in September. Michael was the initiator and founder of PREPARE and its first Coordinator, always willing to give support and advice to his successors and a...
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The European Rural Parliament Manifesto 2022

We see the future of rural Europe as vibrant, inclusive and sustainable rural communities, supported by diversified and prospering economies, and by effective stewardship of high-quality environmental and cultural heritage. We believe that rural communities can be major long-term contributors to a prosperous, peaceful, just and equitable Europe, and to a sustainable global society. Our ambition is to encourage action at village and community level throughout rural Europe, creating in due course ...
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Rural People’s Declaration of Kielce 15th September 2022

We, around 350 participants from 39 European countries, met during the 5th European Rural Parliament at Kielce, Poland, from 12 to 15 September 2022, gathering rural people, representatives of civil society organisations, researchers, entrepreneurs, national governments and European Union institutions. We fully acknowledge the urgency of the current situation and the major challenges that Europe is currently facing – war, inflation, energy crises, climate and biodiversity, droughts and fires,...
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We invite you to share your view on the situation in the rural area of your country and region

We invite you to share your view on the situation in the rural area of your country and region by participating in the survey prepared by European Rural Parliament Steering Group. Results of survey will be included in EUROPEAN RURAL BAROMETER and in updating ERP Manifesto, both presented in the 5th ERP in Kielce. Please fill this rural barometre survey before your summer holidays: https://questionpro.com/t/ASuPCZsnDP (latest until August 15th).
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Newsletter #WeArePrepare (Jun 2022)

In this edition: -THE RURAL PACT CONFERENCE IS APPROACHING -MEMBERS OF PREPARE IS INVITED TO PARTTHE OFFICIAL WEBSITE OF - EUROPEAN RURAL PARLIAMENT (KIELCE, POLAND 2022) IS OPENICIPATE THE 8TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PREPARE NETWORK (ONLINE)     - PRESIDENT OF PREPARE PARTICIPATED IN THE ROUNDTABLE “TOWARDS A GREEN RECONSTRUCTION OF UKRAINE” -EUROPEANS RURAL NETWORKS STEERING GROUPS MEETING TOOK PLACE ON 16TH OF MAY, 2022
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Insights for the implementation of the Rural Pact towards a sustainable rural/urban development

Date: 2022, 9th of February 14:30- 17:00 This event will bring together representatives from several European institutions (European Parliament, French Presidency of the EU Council, Committee of the Regions, European Commission) to engage in a conversation with EESC NAT Section Members on the long-term vision and the implementation of the Rural Pact as well as the potential role and areas of collaboration for the EU institutions. More information here: Link to The Event information &nbs...
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Results of 2nd Balkan Rural Parlaiment

More than 60 various stakeholders from rural areas of the Western Balkan countries, including representatives of the civil society, Managing Authorities from the WB countries, national governments and relevant donors, gathered in Ohrid, N. Macedonia, on June 15 and 16, for the 2nd Balkan Rural Parliament, organized by the Balkan Rural Development Network (BRDN), with financial support of SWG – Regional Rural Development Standing Working Group in South Eastern Europe. More about parliament and...
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