Rural Development Network of the Republic of Macedonia Participated in the First European Rural Parliament

The first European Rural Parliament, ERP, was organized in Brussels on November 13th 2013. It was held in support and partnership with the European Economic and Social Committee in its premises in Brussels and was a strategic gathering in the very center of European political power. More than 150 representatives from 70 rural organizations among which a representative of RDN of RM attended the event in order to place issues of rural communities on the agenda of the EU and to make an impact on the policies shaping their lives.

European Rural Parliament is a concept, an idea, an event, a vision of rural associations and local communities. It is a forum for exchange of ideas and experiences among national rural movements and networks.

The goal of the ERP is to provide a common voice for and to strengthen the rural movement in Europe. It will create a common statement that affects European rural policy, improve the dialogue between policy makers and the local level, exchange experiences of successful local development and find a form of ERP that will live on and be continued across Europe.

The rural movements taking part in the initiative realized that they have numerous issues and interests in common such as the quality of schools in rural areas, the access to health care and other basic services, as well as the possibility to influence EU policies.

The European Rural Parliament created a fantastic mix of thinking from high and low levels, connected to practice. The process will continue after the event as tasks and decisions will be auctioned out to working groups, who will then report back on the progress.

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