Registration is now open for the Scottish Rural Parliament 2016 event.

The Scottish Rural Parliament will bring together 400 people to discuss the issues of greatest importance to rural communities in Scotland.

The event will be held in Brechin, Angus from 6 to 8 October and is free for most people to attend.

Scottish Rural Parliament 2016

The Scottish Rural Parliament brings together 400 people from across rural Scotland to discuss the issues of greatest importance to rural communities.

Participants will be agreeing a Manifesto for rural Scotland and deciding what actions need to be taken and by who, to ensure our rural communities are empowered, connected and sustainable.

Have your say on the Horizon 2020 ‘Food Security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine and maritime and inland water research and the bioeconomy’ Work Programme 2018-2020.

The European Commission is carrying out a public consultation on this work programme and is welcoming contributions from all citizens and organisations.

A fund to help organisations develop ideas for the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) Low Carbon Travel and Transport (LCTT) Challenge Fund is open for applications.

The European Innovation Partnership 'Agricultural Productivity and Sustainability' (EIP-AGRI) is calling for experts for three new focus groups.

EIP-AGRI are encouraging people involved in agroforestry, dairy farming or tending vineyards to apply to be part of the Focus Groups and work with 19 other experts from across Europe.

Do you have an idea for a transnational cooperation project?

Scotland will be represented at the LEADER Fair for Transnational Cooperation in Estonia on 24 – 26 August 2016 by the Cairngorm and Angus Local Action Groups (LAGs), as well as the Scottish Rural Network.

‘What is the Scottish Rural Development Programme?’

That was the question the Scottish Rural Network was trying to answer for a busy tent of guests on Thursday at this year’s Royal Highland Show.

LEADER Inspired Network Community (LINC) Event 2016

Members of LEADER Local Action Groups, Managing Authorities and Paying Agencies, project staff and all people interested in rural development are invited to the next LEADER Inspired Network Community (LINC) conference on 27 to 29 September 2016 in Hungary.

The aim of the annual LINC seminar is to gather people interested in rural development from around Europe to exchange ideas with each other and to explore potential opportunties to cooperate with international partners on projects. 

Multifunctional Forests Workshop – Deadline 24 June 2016

Are you a farmer, forester, advisor, academic or entrepreneur with experience and interest in innovative forestry products, services and supply chains?

If so, EIP-AGRI are looking for participants for a workshop to be held in Austria. 

The workshop will primarily focus on non-wood products and will showcase high potential, innovative value chains that are currently underutilised such as resin derivatives, textile fibres and recreational services.

A new documentary highlighting access to land issues across Europe is available to watch online. 

The 'Land for our Food' film follows the journey of Gavin Bridger, a grower from the Community Supported Agriculture project of Farnham Local Food in England, through various European countries in his quest of accessing land for agroecological farming.

The 34-minute 'road trip'  film was produced by the Access to Land network, a European network of grassroots organisations securing land for agroecological farming.