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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Transnational LAG Cooperation conference 'Networking Works!'

The Lithuanian Rural Network, in cooperation with the Lithuanian LAG network and the Centre for LEADER Programme and Agricultural Training Methodology is organising a three-day networking event 'Networking works!' that aims to fuel the cooperation among Local Action Groups (LAGs), to inspire ideas for joint actions and support LAGs in search of relevant project partners.

The participants will also be introduced to a number of Lithuanian LAGs and their local projects in the countryside.

A new European Union (EU) initiative is creating opportunities for young people to volunteer or work on projects in their own countries or abroad.

The European Solidarity Corps is a major opportunity for organisations of all types to involve young people in projects that benefit people and communities across Europe.

Schools and youth groups are being invited to be part of the European Rural Youth Parliament process.

The European Rural Parliament (ERP) is a network and a process that intends to express the voice of rural people and communities in Europe. They are in a phase of building the youth voice network and preparing to organise the first European Rural Youth Parliament (ERYP) in Latvia in early August 2017.

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

The Spring 2017 edition has a focus on social inclusion with interviews on a youth initiative of South & East Cork Area Development, Social Innovation in Marginalised Areas, and a National Rural Networks cluster on migrants and refugees. There is also a report on what LEADER can do in terms of social inclusion.

This year's European Broadband Awards are now open for entries.

These annual awards see the European Commission recognising outstanding broadband internet projects in Europe.

Opportunities and future perspectives for resource efficiency in rural areas

The event will build on ongoing European Network for Rural Development (ENRD) thematic work on  ‘Resource Efficiency’, including aspects such as water use efficiency, soil and nutrient management, and soil conservation and carbon sequestration.

The European Council of Young Farmers (CEJA) and the company DeLaval are carrying out a survey on sustainable agriculture.

The survey is open to all young farmers across Europe and is available in seven languages. The survey aims to understand the needs of young farmers in order to implement a more sustainable agricultural sector and to find out how young farmers look at their future.

Dumfries and Galloway LEADER can send up to ten young people from the area to an adventure seminar in Finland.

Are you interested in LEADER activities in other areas, do you want to get involved in rural development and get to know other young people from different cultures?

You must be 18-24 years old and be able to travel to Finland on the 12-20 August 2017.

This opportunity will be fully funded by the Dumfries and Galloway LEADER Programme.

Information and presentations from a recent European workshop on data sharing are now available online.

The European Innovation Partnership on Agriculture and Sustainability (EIP-AGRI) workshop on 'Data Sharing: ensuring a fair sharing of digitisation benefits in agriculture' took place in Bratislava, Slovakia on 4-5 April 2017.