News release: 28/08/14
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Registration opens for National Scottish Rural Parliament event!
Registrations for the Scottish Rural Parliament have opened this week.
The three-day event is expected to attract over 400 people from Rural Scotland, predominantly those who are members of local community groups and organisations. The event is open to anyone living or working in rural Scotland. It is independent from but backed by Scottish Government.
Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead is expected to attend the event alongside other Scottish Government Ministers.
Chair John Hutchison said; “Community representatives will be undertaking detailed consideration of our key themes at the national Scottish Rural Parliament event in November and making recommendations at multiple levels to public bodies and others, as appropriate. It will be an exciting and vibrant event with people from all over rural Scotland attending.”
The Scottish Rural Parliament’s national event will take place over three days and include visits to local projects, plenary sessions, workshops on the key themes, an open space session where any participant can propose an agenda item and an exhibition. There will be performances from Ballet West and Skipinnish as well as an emphasis on local food and drink.
Announcing the Rural Parliament earlier in 2014, Mr Lochhead said: “The establishment of a Rural Parliament in Scotland has been a long-held ambition of mine, and I am delighted that the very first meeting will be held in Oban in November.
“Rural Parliaments work well in other European countries, giving our rural communities and businesses a stronger voice in policy making and an opportunity to celebrate all that is good about living and working in rural areas. I would urge everyone across rural Scotland to take advantage of the opportunity to be involved in shaping the content, remit, agenda and themes of our nation’s very first Rural Parliament and make it a success.”
The Scottish Rural Parliament is currently running Local Rural Parliament events in a number of communities across rural Scotland and running the Rural Innovators Award scheme. Details of both can be found on the website.
The Scottish Rural Parliament will bring together community people and decision-makers from public bodies, NGOs and private bodies, with the aim of improving rural policy and finding better ways of providing services.
The Rural Parliament follows in the footsteps of other European countries where Rural Parliaments have been established for over 20 years and provides a link to this network through the European Rural Parliament.
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For more information about the Scottish Rural Parliament, see the FAQ page on our website or call John Hutchison on 07768 537698 or Emma Cooper on 07896 216236.
Details of local Rural Parliament events and booking processes are now available on the website: