From 18 to 21 October 2017, the third edition of the European Rural Parliament was organised in and around the village of Venhorst in the province of Noord-Brabant in the Netherlands (ERP 2017).
The objective was to compile a program for this edition of the European Parliament that appeals to all parties involved. We succeeded, regarding the positive feedback we received…

The conclusions of this four-day Parliament are represented in two documents:



Project team ERP2017

The European Rural Parliament 2017 in Venhorst 2017 has been put together with the effort of ‘professional volunteers’, guided by two event managers: Judith Verbruggen (JV-events) and Bas Leenders (CombasiQ Marketing & Communications).

After submitting the bid in March 2016 and being granted the organisation of event, our preparations started in July last year: The enthusiastic volunteers teamed up in several taskforces (e.g. logistics, decorations, guest families, etc) and together with the project team they worked towards four very special days in October 2017.

The ERP2017 truly was the result of citizen participation and the outcome of a bottom-up process that fits the Dutch tradition:
driving rural issues forward on the political agenda, in dialogue with the local people concerned. We hope you enjoyed your stay in Venhorst and took some of this spirit home with you.

We are happy and proud to have been your host for the European Rural Parliament 2017 in Venhorst!

Judith Verbruggen (JV-events), Bas Leenders (CombasiQ Marketing & Communications), Ingeborg Verschuuren (chair VKKNB), Rob Maessen


Themes for the ERP 2017

Visiting countries