Networking in order to create European synergies
Cooperating in the field of sustainable rural development is a strong need articulated by different actors and stakeholders and therefore our key focus.
Forum Synergies has co-initiated a number of European networks of civil society organisations, like PREPARE (Partnership for Rural Europe) working in EU accession and neighbourhood countries, and ARC2020 (Agricultural and Rural Convention) which gathers a broad alliance of European stakeholders pressing for a genuine paradigm change in policies for agriculture and rural development. And has carried these networks forward in close cooperation with its partners.
Based on a rich collection of success stories in sustainable rural development and long standing cooperation with other European and national networks, we follow enhancing cooperation with European partners.
European Rural Parliament
The European Rural Parliament is a long-term campaign that culminates with a bi-annual gathering of rural stakeholders, in order to express the voice of rural people in Europe. Forum Synergies will support the activities related to Youth in rural areas in the ERP 2017 campaign.
The next European Rural Parliament will be held on 18-21 October 2017 in the Netherlands.
This 3rd ERP will be hosted by Landelijke Vereniging voor Kleine Kernen LVKK (the Dutch National Association of Small Towns) and its provincial partner Vereniging Kleine Kernen Noord-Brabant VKKNB (North Brabant Association of Small Towns), with support of the municipality of Boekel, Gemert-Bakel, the province of Noord-Brabant and the ministry of the Interior. It will also be supported by many provincial and local organisations and by student volunteers. 100 local families have already offered to accommodate the delegates in their homes.
The participants will take part in a program full of workshops, debates and excursions during the three-day event. North Brabant has recently been identified as one of the ‘smart’ regions of the world. It is a remarkable example of high tech development in agriculture and rural industry.