The first meeting of Scotland’s Rural Parliament will be held next year, the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs has announced.
The Rural Parliament will empower Scotland’s rural communities by bringing people and policy makers together to look at improving policies and actions that address rural issues.
The announcement comes a week after Mr Lochhead was in Stockholm to meet representatives from Hela Sverige Ska Leva (All Sweden Shall Live), the rural movement responsible for organising the biennial Swedish Rural Parliament.
Following a meeting of the Scottish Cabinet in Campbeltown, Mr Lochhead said:
“Living in rural Scotland has many advantages including stunning landscapes and a vibrant and dynamic community spirit. It also brings different challenges compared to living in less remote areas.
“Scotland’s Rural Parliament will celebrate rural culture and empower our rural communities, giving them a stronger voice and a better say in policy making.