Rural Opinion Advocacy and Development (ROAD)

Rural Opinion Advocacy and Development (ROAD)

PLANED is working with ACRE (Action with Communities in Rural England), Rural Community Network NI, Scottish Rural Action and Irish Rural Link as part of the latest European Rural Parliament project known as ROAD (Rural Opinion Advocacy and Development).

This UK and Ireland project will focus on how rural links with European Countries can be maintained post March 2019. A workshop was held at the Scottish Rural Parliament in Stranraer and will now be followed by a series of debates and workshops including a survey across the UK and Ireland.

ROAD aims to raise the profile of the European Rural Parliament and demonstrate the importance of rural communities working together and sharing information. This survey is the starting point for a discussion on why it is important to maintain links with rural communities across the UK and Europe post Brexit.

Maintaining rural links with Europe

The Project :

Engagement will enable European Rural Parliament partners in England, Wales, Ireland, Scotland to demonstrate their commitment to European relations and having a voice in Europe. Partners will consider the situation of rural development post-Brexit and future working relations with other EU countries.

The information gathered, case studies, policy information, local views, etc. will be shared by partners across the UK and through the wider European Rural Parliament Network of partners in 40 countries. It will be used to help UK rural movements to maintain their European links and inform debate on future policy and local action at national and EU level and will also feed into the EC work on smart villages.

A wide range of events to engage rural communities will be led by countries across Europe leading up to the 4th European Rural Parliament to be held in Spain in November 2019. For instance, the Latvian Rural Forum is leading a youth project following a successful European Rural Youth Parliament in 2017.

The idea of National Rural Parliaments started in Sweden in the 1990s and the European Rural Parliament was launched in 2013. The national rural parliament campaign or movement is growing with Rural parliaments have taken place in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Estonia, Finland, Latvia and Slovenia.

The European Rural Parliament is jointly co-ordinated by three European rural networks, the Europe Rural Community Alliance (ERCA), Prepare Partnership for Rural Europe and European LEADER Association for Rural Development. ACRE is a full member of ERCA.