A new guide has been produced to help Fisheries Local Action Groups identify and address social inclusion in fisheries areas.

The guide has been produced by FARNET, the community of people implementing Community-Led Local Development (CLLD) under the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF).

The guide covers:

In this report, Nicola Hill Programme Manager for Dumfries & Galloway LEADER tells us about the Amaze Me LEADER 2017 event. Dumfries & Galloway LEADER supported young people from the region to the attend the international event.

Amaze Me LEADER Finland 2017 was an international adventure seminar aimed at young people aged between 18 and 28. The event was hosted by five Local Action Groups around Lake Saimaa: Pohjois-Kymen Kasvu, Veej’jakaja, Rajupusu, Piallysmies and Lansi-Saimaa.

All types of projects - no matter the size, location or technologies - are being encouraged to apply for the European Broadband Awards 2017.

If you're a public or private organisation involved in a project providing people with access to high-speed broadband internet you can apply.

The projects will apply to, and will be awarded in, one of the five categories:

In this event report, Emma Cooper National Coordinator at Scottish Rural Action tells us about the Estonia Rural Parliament. 

Scottish Rural Action is a non-profit, apolitical organisation which is completely independent of government. They are a company formed with the dual purpose of developing and organising Scotland’s Rural Parliament and supporting the development of a rural movement.

You now get key messages and highlights from a European seminar on rural business innovation.

The European Network for Rural Development (ENRD) seminar on 'Revitalising Rural Areas through Business Innovation' took place on 30 March 2017 in Brussels, Belgium.

The seminar explored how rural businesses – both farm and non-farm – can innovate in ways that "create the conditions for future prosperity and vitality" as articulated in the Cork 2.0 Declaration.

Scottish Rural Action are offering two of their members the opportunity to attend the third European Rural Parliament.

The 2017 European Rural Parliament takes place in Venhorst, Netherlands from Wednesday 18 to Saturday 21 October. Scottish Rural Action, in association with the Scottish Rural Network, will fund two Scottsh Rural Action members to attend the event. 

This offer includes:

In a new projects brochure from the European Network for Rural Development you can find out how Rural Development Programme funding has been used to support rural business across Europe.

The Supporting Rural Business projects brochure highlights inspiring examples of how to provide advice, training and networking opportunities to rural businesses, as well as targeted investment in the digital and physical infrastructure needed by rural business, both on-farm and in other rural sectors of activity.

Beyond 2020: Supporting Europe's Coastal Communities

The Estonian Presidency of the EU and the European Commission are jointly hosting a conference on the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) on 12-13.10.2017.

Stakeholders from all across the EU will convene to discuss how the EMFF is helping to support the implementation of the Common Fisheries Policy and Maritime Policy in the current programming period (2014-2020). The event will also represent the opportunity to discuss the current and future challenges of coastal communities, as well as potential policy responses.  

A summary report from the recent 'Digital Innovation Hubs: mainstreaming digital agriculture' seminar is now available.

The EIP-AGRI event took place in Kilkenny Ireland on 1-2 June 2017. Around 150 people from 25 countries across Europe got together to share experiences, discuss needs and identify priority actions for developing Digital Innovation Hubs for agriculture.

ENERTIA - ENergy Efficiency with Renovation Technologies and Innovative FinAnce

Fuel poverty is running at a rate of 60% in the Western Isles of Scotland with the challenge of escalating energy costs and low energy efficiency levels.

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