Making rural areas the engines of a sustainable Europe

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Joint European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)/ European Rural Parliament (ERP) Conference on making rural areas the engines of a sustainable Europe.

The ERP and the EESC are both concerned about the future of rural areas, which policy-makers and politicians generally tend to neglect. In their own way, both do their utmost to enliven rural areas so that people want to live and work in them.

Both the EESC and the ERP have urged the EU to come up with actions in support of rural areas, in an effort to steer policy in the direction set out in the Cork 2.0 Declaration. The EESC's Section for Agriculture, Rural Development and the Environment and the European Rural Parliament plan to organise a joint, web-streamed event on 14 March 2019 on EESC premises. The topic of discussion will be how, in the light of upcoming policy changes (The Reflection Paper "Towards a Sustainable Europe by 2030", Common Agricultural Policy, Multiannual Financial Framework, etc.), to better integrate the aspect of the future of Europe's rural areas into the policies of the next European Commission and European Parliament with the aim to promote a more Sustainable Europe.

A draft programme and registration form will be available soon. For any questions, please email nat-events@eesc.europa.eu

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    Keynote Speaker: Professor Mark Shucksmith
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    ​The conference will take place at Inverness Town House and the conference programme is available to view here. Please note it is still a draft at this early stage but it will be updated regularly. 

    Early Bird rates are £215 if booked before 1 April 2019. This will increase to £250 from 2 April 2019. For PhD students, the fee is £180. This includes a civic reception at Inverness Town House on the evening of the 17th, and a gala dinner on the 18th which will be held at the Glen Mhor Hotel on the banks of the River NessPlease complete the booking form below before purchasing your tickets.

    ​We have secured a deal for student accommodation at the new UHI campus for the reasonable rate of £60 per night for a single en-suite room including wifi. The UHI campus is out of town with good bus links, and is approximately a 10-15 minute drive away by car to the city centre. Take a look at their fantastic rooms and please email if you would like to book a room for the duration of the conference.

    If you are looking for accommodation in the heart of Inverness we have also secured a group booking deal for accommodation at Inverness Pentahotelwhich is centrally located, with comfortable guest rooms, free Wifi, use of a 24-hour gym, and includes a buffet breakfast. A special rate of £169 per night is available if booked by 3 May 2019 and you will need to quote 'REC19' when booking either by phone: 01463 228850, or by email. You can also choose to upgrade to a 'penta plus' room for an additional £10 per night. We advise you to book as soon as possible as there are only 20 rooms secured at this price.

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