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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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New Activists For Rural Development- Meet Kristin Langer from the Netherlands

I am a young activist working on a more inclusive sustainable future. I am from Germany, but I have lived in the Netherlands for the last two years. Before the lockdown I used often move between urban and rural areas of  Germany, Netherlands and Italy, where my activities, families and friends are. I developed my working experience in a cross-border project (“onbegrensd”) for youngsters, mainly in rural areas at the Dutch-German border, focusing specifically on their wishes and needs. In 2019...
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In 2021 European Rural Parliament comes To yhe Central/Eastern Europe For The First Time

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 supporte...
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New Activists For Rural Development- Meet Vladan Babič from Montenegro

Vladan Babic, 32 years old, is the owner of a small business from Niksic, Montenegro. He considers himself as a youth activist, member of rural development network in Montenegro and he is director of NGO Drumovanje as well. He works a lot with  projects related to the rural development on education of people in rural area of Banjani, Trubjela, on how they can apply for local and national measures. He has also worked with several projects on the promotion of the rural area in Niksic, including...
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The European Commission encourages involvement in the planning of Cohesion Policy at national level

During the Structured Dialogue with ESIF partners event, Kadri Uustal, Head of Unit Coordination of programes (DG Regio) presented Cohesion policy 2021- 2027 programming and encouraged Civil Society to take part in planning of Cohesion Policy at national level. To find relavant ontacts in Your country, go to link: https://ec.europa.eu/regional_policy/en/ Find full presentation here:    
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A vision for rural Europe

A Web Conference of high value to PREPARE was held in 7 July - organised by two men who are our close friends, with a keynote speech by a remarkable women. The event was jointly organised and chaired by Dacian Cioloş and Hannes Lorenzen.  Dacian is now a MEP, and President of the Renew Europe.  6 years ago, as European Commissioner for Agriculture, he funded PREPARE’s series of traveling workshops and conferences on Empowering Rural Stakeholders in the Western Balkans.  Hannes was founder Cha...
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New Activists For Rural Development- Meet Vane Naunov from North Macedonia

Vane Naunov is a 25 years old lawyer, currently following post graduate studies on intellectual property law. He comes from Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia and considers himself a youth activist, member of rural development network in North Macedonia for more than one year as a member of Aero club Skopje. Since he is a young lawyer and aeronautical enthusiast, his field of work is mostly law regarding the young people’s rights and needs, initiatives for supporting young people’s inclusion...
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