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May 16, 2012

Making sure it’s bottom up

In March we reported on the Scottish Government’s proposal to establish a Rural Parliament for Scotland.  Based on successful models in Europe, the idea is to provide our rural communities with a much stronger and more coherent voice. All very well, but if the Rural Parliament is to have any hope of being a community led affair, then local people need to become involved in the crucially important early discussions about how it should be set up. There are still some places available for the launch event on 29th March.



An invitation to a




9:30 – 16:30

During the day, the meeting will hear from representatives of established European Rural Parliaments including Sweden, The Netherlands, Estonia and Slovenia.  They will describe the way their parliaments operate, the issues they have faced and the benefits their parliaments have brought to their countries.

The Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment, Richard Lochhead MSP, will also be attending the seminar and make a speech.

The emphasis on the day will be to give delegates the opportunity to put forward their views and ideas on the concept of a Rural Parliament for Scotland.

If you would like to register for one of the remaining spaces please email 

For a briefing paper on the proposal to establish a Rural Parliament click here.