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The European Rural Youth Parliament (ERYP) will be inaugurated on Monday 4 November at 3 p.m. at the Old Ortiz de Candás Factory. The event includes the participation of the mayor of Carreño, Amelia Fernández López, the president of the Asturian Network for Rural Development (READER), Belarmino Fernández Fervienza, and the director of the Asturian Youth Institute, Clara Sierra Caballero

In this first session, the development of the ERYP will be explained by Vanessa Halhead, ERP coordinator, and Marta Forés, READER project coordinator, together with Artis Krists Mednis, who in collaboration with Katrīna Idū (both coordinators of the project in Latvian Rural Forum) will also moderate the ‘Exchange of experiences of the countries related to the challenges’.

The rest of the afternoon, by way of welcome, from the Town Hall of Carreño several cultural activities have been programmed, in which they will attend a workshop of homemade cider elaboration, bread and a visit to the local newspaper El Faro that will edit a special copy on the occasion of the ERYP and the ERP and that will be delivered to the participants of both. The rock group of the Municipal School of Music ‘Miguel Barrosa’ of Carreño will give way to amagüestu (celebration of Asturian autumn) and a espicha (traditional Asturian food accompanied by cider).

A day to debate

Tuesday’s day hosts the ERYP’s key events with discussions with experts on rural challenges and responses through EU and national policies and civic initiatives. In addition, five working groups will be held focusing on the various opportunities for economic activities, sustainable agriculture and food production, broadband infrastructure and transport and the accessibility and quality of public services.

In the course of the afternoon, almost 70 young people participating in the ERYP will visit different young entrepreneurs from the council, attend a traditional sports exhibition and learn more about the Llagar de Sidra Peñón.


Valnalón will present, on Wednesday, his experience ‘Promotion of entrepreneurial culture in the education system’ by Amara Hinojal Rascón and Javier Vallina Fernández. Then, within the ‘Rural Coffee’ format, young people will have specialised knowledge on the issues identified in the work sessions, from which the Rural Youth Declaration will be drawn up, which will later be included in the Declaration of Candás of the ERP.

From 13.00 a plenary session will take place with Anita Seļicka, from Latvian Rural Forum, as moderator. The Minister of Rural Development, Agriculture and Fisheries of the Principality of Asturias, Alejandro Calvo, will close the ERYP.


The project “The best is yet to come. Youth create tomorrows’ rural reality from village to wider Europe” isfinanced 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 theCommission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.