Aleksandras Stulginskis University (ASU) is active member of European Rural Network’s Assembly representing Lithuanian agricultural research institution which is active in innovation activities linked to operational groups. The European Network for Rural Development (ENRD) brings together all the stakeholders aiming to achieve improved rural development results in the EU and serves as a hub for the sharing of information about how Rural Development policy, programmes, projects and other initiatives are working in practice and how they can be improved to achieve more.
ASU Vice Rector, Laima Taparauskienė, together with others, nearly 200 Assembly members, has participated at the 3rd meeting of the Assembly in Brussels on 1 December 2016. The event started by keynote speech from the European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Phil Hogan. He emphasised his personal commitment to be “a champion for the Cork 2 Declaration at the highest levels” and urged Assembly members to use their “rural know-how… contacts and credibility to ensure today’s key messages are heard in the right places”.
The 3rd meeting of the European Rural Networks’ Assembly provided stakeholder feedback on the activities of the ENRD and EIP-AGRI networks, mapped out the many ways rural networks are responding to the Cork 2 Declaration and discussed what needs to be done around the topic of ‘digitisation’.
The background documents and presentation can be found here: