Asturias, in the village of Candás, will be the key and contact point for the rural voice. Join us on November 6-9, 2019 for the next 4th ERP 2019!

Outline Programme

N.B. The indicated hours are provisional and approximate, until the ERP 2019 Programme is definitive.

Wednesday 6 NovemberWelcome to Asturias

17:00 onwards / Arrivals, registration, familiarisation with the local asturian area

19:30 – 23:00 / Cultural evening

We will enjoy together and sharing our cultures. An unforgettable evening of culture with traditional food, music and dance, to welcome you to Asturias!

Thursday 7 November – Discover rural Asturias

9:00 – 9:30 / Welcome to Candás and to the 4th European Rural Parliament

Welcome from our Asturian hosts and from the ERP partners. We will provide you a big and detailed introduction to our Field Visits and activities of the day.

10:00 – 18:30 / Field Visits

What better way to enjoy our territory than by visiting the countryside all over Asturias? During these themed visits across Asturias, you will meet and discuss with local people, learn from visits and identify the lessons and messages to pass to policy makers – Get your notebook ready!

20:30 – 23:00 / Official Dinner

Traditional dinner and music from the region – Party and a good atmosphere are assured!

Friday 8 NovemberIntroduction to the ERP: Networking and discussions

9:00 – 11:00 / 1st Plenary – Opening and Introduction to the 4th European Rural Parliament

Welcome from Asturias and the ERP: Introduction to the national delegations and other participants – Say hello everybody!

The ERP Partnership: A partnership and advocacy network for rural people and communities
Introducing the 4th ERP programme and objectives. Reflection on achievements since the 3rd ERP 2017.

Preparing for our discussions: Scene setting and inspirational talks on some of the key contextual issues.

11:00 – 11:30 / Coffee Break


11:30 – 12:45 / Workshops – Round 1
Participate in the selected workshops and debates on key themes.

13:00 – 14:30 / Networking lunch

14:30 – 15:45 / Workshops – Round 2
Participate in the selected workshops and debates on key themes.

16:00 – 18:00 / Intercultural Activities

Networking activities with partners from across the 40 countries represented in the ERP
Market of Initiatives – A chance to make presentations on your work and ideas!
Exhibition with materials and presentations from ERP partner countries – Show us what you want from your countryside!
Presentation of results from Field Visits and Workshops.

20:30 – 23:00 / International networking dinner

Dinner with traditional musical accompaniment, and a good atmosphere to enjoy throughout this second cultural evening!
Mixture of international cultures – Asturian dinner sharing with the National Exhibitions from ERP partner countries with Local food and products.

Saturday 9 NovemberThe rural community voice

9:00 – 10:45 / 2nd Plenary – The future of European Rural Policy

Responses and policy updates from the EU: A panel of representatives from the European Commission, Parliament and Council present their views.

Panel discussion: The state of rural Europe and the policies and actions related to it – post 2021
What can the EU and ERP do together?

10:45 – 11:15 / Coffee break

11:15 – 13:00 / 3rd Plenary – Results and messages from the ERP

Our messages: The results and messages from our discussions and work since 2017.

ERP Manifesto and Declaration: Agreement of the political statements from the 4th ERP to Governments and the EU.

Let’s build the future ERP together: What do you want from the ERP during the coming period?

Closing ceremony: The bagpipes of Candás – Asturias and Europe anthems.

14:00 / Networking lunch

We don’t want you to leave! Stay with us and enjoy our last lunch with music from the area of Candás!

Cultural programme – optional

Waiting for information!

Credits: Turismo Asturias – Alejandro Badía

N.B. The indicated hours are provisional and approximate, until the ERP 2019 Programme is definitive.