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Reports/Rapports : Rural Parliaments in Europe

Source: SAC Rural Policy Centre.
"In October 2011, researchers at SAC were asked by the Scottish Government to carry out a study of existing Rural Parliaments in Europe. The aim of the study was to ‘enhance understanding of how and why Rural Parliaments operate, and the outcomes they generate, through examining international examples’."

"Rural Parliaments in six countries were identified for analysis in discussion with the Scottish Government: Sweden, the Netherlands, Estonia, (Swedish-speaking) Finland, Hungary and Slovakia.

The study has been undertaken in four phases: i) scoping of the number and location of existing Rural Parliaments; ii) desk-based analysis of the information available about selected existing Parliaments; iii) interviews with representatives of the Parliaments and with individuals centrally involved in rural movements in Europe to discuss in more detail the ways in which they operate; and iv) summarising the implications of phases (i) – (iii) for the establishment of a Rural Parliament in Scotland."

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