Scotland is being represented at this week's Swedish Rural Parliament, one of the largest gatherings for rural development in Europe.

Bill Sturrock, a member of Angus LEADER Local Action Group, and Sarah Hyslop, Ayrshire LEADER Programme Manager, are being supported by the Scottish Rural Network to attend the event.

The Swedish Rural Parliament event takes place in Visby, Gotland from 27 to 29 May. The theme for 2016 is 'Towards a balanced country'.

Open Farm Day Tour - Estonia

The Open Farm Day Tour 2016 for international partners will be held on 24 - 25 July 2016 in Estonia.

The first National Open Farm Day in 2015 was a great success among Estonians - 142 farms opened their doors for visitors and more then 50,000 visited them.

Estonian Rural Network Unit will organise the Open Farm Day Trip for collegues and international guests on 24-25 July 2016.

Collegues from European Union countries and Nordic-Baltic Region, from National Rural Networks, Managing Authorities, Local Action Groups are welcome to discover Estonian farms and producers.

A new brochure highlighting innovative projects from across Europe is now available.

Share your views about the European Innovation Partnership 'Agricultural Productivity and Sustainability' (EIP-AGRI) in a short online survey.

The agricultural European Innovation Partnership (EIP-AGRI) works to foster competitive and sustainable farming and forestry that 'achieves more and better from less'. It was launched in 2012 by the European Commission.

Invitation to Scottish Affairs Committee evidence session on Scotland and the EU

Invitation to Scottish Affairs Committee evidence session on Scotland and the EU.

The Scottish Affairs Select Committee and the UK Parliament’s Outreach Service invite you to a public evidence session on Monday 9 May 2016 in Glasgow.

The public event will examine the impact of the EU referendum result on higher education, agriculture and economy.

The latest edition of the European Network for Rural Development's (ENRD) 'Rural Connections' magazine is now available.

You can now download the Spring 2016 edition of Rural Connections from the ENRD website.

The Dumfries & Galloway LEADER team recently hosted visitors from Finland for discussions on a potential project involving the two areas.

Three representatives from the South Savo region of Finland visited the region to discuss the potential for Dumfries & Galloway LEADER to participate in a transnational cooperation project.

The project would focus on getting young people involved in rural development and local decision making and how this can bring added value to the new LEADER 2014-2020 programme.

Participants are being sought for a European workshop on 'New value chains from multifunctional forests'.

Do you have relevant experience or ideas on innovative ways to add economic value to forest products or services? If so, the agricultural European Innovation Partnership (EIP-AGRI) would like to hear about them.

Women farmers as drivers of innovation and green growth in the European Union.

Copa-Cogeca, the voice of farmers and their cooperatives in the European Union, are seeking applications for their European Innovation Award.

Trees for Life's Rewilding the Highlands initiative has won the Alpine category of the 2016 European Outdoor Conservation Association (EOCA) Conservation Vote, securing more than 7000 votes in an international online vote.