EUFRAS General Assebly 2017 took place from 22nd till 23rd of February during the 26th edition of the Inernational Agricultural Exhibition AGRA in Plovdid, Bulgaria which was the largest platform of agribusiness in South Eastern Europe. The assebly was hosted by Bulgarian National Agricultural Advisory Service (NAAS). 

The 12th European IFSA (International Farming Systems Association - Europe Group) Symposium "Social and technological transformation of farming systems: Diverging and converging pathways" will take place at Harper Adams University, Newport, UK, from 12th till 15th of July, 2016.

The EUFRAS/IALB Conference took place from 19th till 23rd of June in Limerick, Ireland and offered rural professionals the opportunity to gain new knowledge, skills and perspectives and experience the green and beautiful surroundings of south-western Ireland.

Are you interested in shaping the future of EU agricultural research and innovation? Take part in the conference organised by the European Commission, which will take place on January 26-28 in Brussels, in the presence of Commissioners Phil Hogan and Carlos Moedas.

After almost two years of preparations, agricultural institutions from Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary, Kosovo*, Macedonia, Slovenia and Serbia successfully founded the South Eastern Europe Advisory Service Network (SEASN). SEASN Founding Assembly took place in Bulgarian capital city Sofia at 22nd October 2015. Tom Kelly, President of the EUFRAS and Ulrich Ryser, President of the IALB marked special significance to the Founding Assembly with their attending and presented very acutal theme: „Key challenges for European agricultural advisory services and the importance of advisory services cooperation“.

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EUFRAS network is engaged in two of Horizon2020 projects - Ok-Net Arable and Fertinnowa. 


EUFRAS is taking a coordinating role in rural advisor qualification and certification in Europe by joining the IALB competence development standard CECRA (Certificate for European Consultants in Rural Areas). On the 15th of June within the 54th IALB Conference and 3rd EUFRAS Meeting in Solothurn, Switzerland EUFRAS Chairman of the Board Tom Kelly and IALB President Edda Albers signed the Cooperation and Usage Agreement on CECRA between IALB and EUFRAS, that constitutes the basis of the involvement of EUFRAS in CECRA. 

A good number of EUFRAS member organizations already pronounced interest to become CECRA partner (Regional Certification Body) and/or CECRA Module Provider, being partner in the pending Erasmus+ application “Upscaling CECRA” or having actively participated in the CECRA-Workshop in April 2015 in Landshut. It is also planned to deliver fast track training the trainer event for very experienced trainers within EUFRAS membership who are keen to start the training process.

The Latvian Rural Advisory and Training Centre, LRATC offered to host the EUFRAS CECRA Office.

EUFRAS CECRA office
Rīgas iela 34, Ozolnieki, Ozolnieku pagasts, Ozolnieku novads, LV-3018, Latvija
Tel.: +371 63050220
Fax: +371 63022264
E-Mail: liga.cimermane@llkc.lv

Details on CECRA are described at www.cecra.net