Don’t forget to apply for the 2nd European Rural Youth Parliament!

Motivated activists are invited to apply for the 2nd European Rural Youth Parliament (ERYP) till 28th of August 2019. Deadline for Belgium participants extended till September 10! It will take place in Asturias, Spain from 4th to 6th of November 2019. More than 70 young professionals from around 10 countries will be gathering to state youths’ perspective on European Rural Manifesto. The ERYP is a powerful platform of making youth opinions regarding rural development challenges heard in European level. The most urging issues will be identified and brought to the table to find solutions tackling them.

Fill in the application form here!

European Rural Parliament & European Rural Youth Parliament

The European Rural Parliament was created to provide a voice for rural people and the communities supporting them in relation to European policies and decision-making. As an informal network with partners in 40 countries and 5 Pan-European organisations, it works directly with peoples’ issues at the local level. ERP collects information, practices, cases, ideas, policy suggestions of rural people from all over Europe to initiate different policy papers intended for advocacy work towards the European institutions. It can be discussions papers, policy papers, suggestions, declarations.

YOUTH theme is one of the ERP thematic platforms, which gives an opportunity for networking, cooperating, learning and enabling partnerships around chosen themes. The Youth Parliament is being organised in the framework of RURBEST project supported by Erasmus+ programme of European Commission and ROAD project supported by Europe for Citizens programme.

Activities goals

Bringing together young professional who are willing to improve the development of
rural areas
Strengthening youth perspective in the movement of European Rural Parliament
Raising awareness of rural development among youth
Creating an international platform to share skills, experience and
Building an inspirational learning enviroment
Experiencing the process of advocacy and decision making
Providing an opportunity for young people to present their vision of rural
development to multilevel decision-makers
Promoting civic activities
Gathering data, opinions and examples for policymaking
Encouraging the young generation to be the shapers of tomorrow’s society

Participants’ profile

Young professionals aged 20 to 30 years from rural areas of Europe. Participants should be interested in rural development and local community building.


Till 28 August 2019 Open call for participants. APPLICATION FORM HERE (Results announced by 3 September)

4 – 6 November 2019 European Rural Youth Parliament in Asturias, Spain (ERYP)

6 – 8 November 2019 European Rural Parliament in Asturias, Spain (ERP)

21 – 22  January 2020 Meeting with decision-makers in Brussels, Belgium

 Financial matters

The participation in the program of the ERYP is free of charge. The costs of travel, accommodation and meals for:

  •  a limited number of participants from rural areas of Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Czech Republic, Kosovo, Latvia, North Macedonia, Slovakia and Spain will be covered by RURBEST project through the Erasmus+ Programme of European Commission;
  • participants from other countries might be covered by the ROAD project by Europe for Citizens program or need to be covered themselves.

NB! Possible scenarios will be communicated individually with selected participants afterwards. The organisers will try to find recourses for motivated participants from other sources.

Contact information for general questions
Artis Krists Mednis
Latvian Rural Forum

Phone: +371 25634051

Contact information of national coordinators

Belgium –

Bosnia and Herzegovina –

Croatia –

Czech Republic –

Kosovo –

Latvia –

North Macedonia –

Slovakia –

Spain –

The project “The best is yet to come. Youth create tomorrows’ rural reality from village to wider Europe” is financed with the support of European Commission’s “Erasmus+: Youth in Action” administered in Latvia by the Agency for International Programs for Youth. This publication reflects only the author’s views, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.