Rural Youth Europe Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rural_Youth_Europe

Rural Youth Europe
HeadquartersKarjalankatu 2 A, 00520 Helsinki, Finland
Official language

Rural Youth Europe (RYEurope) is a European Non-Governmental Organisation for rural youth.[1] Founded in 1957, it is an umbrella for European youth organisations working in rural areas.[2] It was established as “European Committee for Young Farmers and 4H Clubs” in Rendsburg, Germany in 1957; the name “Rural Youth Europe” was adopted in 2003.[3]


Rural Youth Europe aims to educate and train young people and create an awareness of rural and social issues. It also encourages rural populations and industry and supports the development of new rural youth organisations.[4]

In addition, Rural Youth Europe wants to take a role in the development of environmental and agricultural issues and policies as well as network with other European NGOs. It lobbies and highlights the problems and needs of rural youth to focus the attention of international and national bodies, as well as the general public.[4]


The Board consists of representatives of the regions (United Kingdom and Ireland, Central Europe, the Nordic countries and Eastern Europe), a board member for special interests, a Chairperson and a Vice-Chairperson. The members are elected by the General Assembly for a term of 2 years. The office is located in Helsinki, Finland.[3]


The Chairs of the organisation have been: [5]

Linzi Stewart Northern Ireland 2020-
Sebastian Laßnig Austria 2018-2020
Russell Carington England 2016-2018
Lukas Helfenstein Switzerland 2014-2016
Kadri Toomingas Estonia 2012-2014
Michael Schwab Germany 2010-2012
Robin Swann Northern Ireland 2008–2010
Delme Harries Wales 2006–2008
Franz Frensl Austria 2004–2006
Linda Steele Northern Ireland 2002–2004
Dace Gigele Latvia 2000–2002
Neil Sands Scotland 1998–2000
Erling Mathiasen Denmark 1996–1998

The Secretary Generals have been:[5]

Eelin Hoffström-Çağıran Finland 2018-2021
Jenni Heinonen Finland 2015-2018
Pia Nurmio-Perälä Finland 2012-2015
Amanda Hajnal Finland 2008-2012
Eija Kauniskangas Finland 2006–2008
Sabine Klocker Austria 2003–2006
Kaspar Poter Germany 2001–2003
Claudia Merk Germany 1997–2001


The group has 22 member organisations in 20 countries and over 500,000 youth participants who are members of Rural Youth Associations, Young Farmers' Clubs and 4H. It is divided into 4 regional groups:

Regional Group I [6]

Regional Group II [8]

Regional Group III [9]

Regional Group IV [10]


Rural Youth Europe arranges yearly seminars, educational courses and a rally to discuss and share knowledge on topics such as rural development, youth participation, intercultural dialogue, leadership and human rights.

European Rallies[5][edit]

Year Venue Theme
1960 Zuidlaren, Netherlands 1st Rally
1961 Northern Ireland
1962 Vestfold, Norway
1963 Rendsburg, Germany
1964 Aberystwyth, Wales
1965 Barneveld, Netherlands
1966 Edinburgh, Scotland
1967 Bergamo, Italy
1968 Gormonston, Ireland
1969 Wien/Klagenfurt, Austria
1970 Päivölä/Sääksmäki, Finland
1971 Münsingen, Switzerland
1972 Odense, Denmark
1973 Germany
1974 Maidenhead, England
1975 Amot, Norway
1976 Santiago de Compostela, Spain
1977 Trento, Italy
1978 Satila, Sweden
1979 Greenmount, Northern Ireland
1980 Netherlands
1981 Scotland
1982 Barau, Bern, Switzerland Nutrition and conservation of nations food supplies
1983 Horsens, Denmark Local Community Prospects- Young Peoples Function in Rural Districts
1984 Termonfecking, Co. Louth, Ireland Self Help
1985 Aberystwyth, Wales
1986 Quern, Schleswig Holstein, Germany Women and Girls in Society: Yesterday- Today- Tomorrow
1987 Turku, Finland Learning and Earning through Nature
1988 Hampshire, England
1989 Greenmount, Antrim, Northern Ireland A Celebration Of Rural Skills and Traditions
1990 Gothenburg, Sweden Nature and Human Being
1991 Edelhof, Austria Protecting Environment and nature it to protect ourselves
1992 De Glind, Netherlands Europe 1992- It’s just a beginning
1993 Melsom, Norway Rural development and cultural identity
1994 Drogheda, Ireland Emigration and Migration
1995 Edinburgh, Scotland Qualities of Life
1996 Zollikofen, Switzerland Limits-Encounters
1997 Triesdorf, Germany Keeping Diversity – Forming Europe
1998 Horsens, Denmark Give and take from your youth organisation in Europe
1999 Warsaw, Poland Youth unites Europe – chances, opportunities, perspectives
2000 Llanfairpwll, Wales Back to the future
2001 Nurmes, Finland Nature – Source of creativity
2002 Salzburg, Austria Water – Source of life
2003 Flekke, Norway Ocean of Opportunities. Coastal, cultural and social value
2004 Antrim, Northern Ireland Conquering Conflict Across Cultural Divides
2005 Perth, Scotland Expanding Horizons: One Europe – Many Cultures
2006 Druva, Latvia Pearls in Contrast – Multicultural Aspects of Rural Youth
2007 Bad Sassendorf, Germany Future under construction – Youth at work in Europe
2008 Landquart, Switzerland Nature and technology - the challenge for youth in Europe to find the balance
2009 Jäneda, Estonia Beware - Active Youth!
2010 Halmstad, Sweden DIY in the countryside: think global, act local, be vocal!
2011 Ruše, Slovenia Be active – get better opportunities in life!
2012 Żerków, Poland Reach Your Potential! Developing Youth Leadership in Rural Communities
2013 Gurteen, Ireland Get Involved, Be the Change: Mobilising Rural Communities to Active Citizenship
2014 Port Talbot, Wales Tomorrow's World: Creating a sustainable future for you, your organisation and your rural community
2015 Lambach, Austria Work hand in hand - create your land
2016 Greenmount, Antrim, Northern Ireland Bridging Diversity, Growing Together
2017 Ratnieki, Ligatne, Latvia Active.Inspired.Rural
2018 Perth, Scotland Year of Young People, World of Opportunities
2019 Circencester, England Sharing and Caring in a Democratic and Inclusive European Community
2020 Rally unable to be held Due to Covid-19 Pandemic


  1. ^ "International Rural Youth Organisations". SALTO-YOUTH. Retrieved 11 December 2011.
  2. ^ "Rural Youth Europe". Rural Youth Europe.
  3. ^ a b European Youth Forum
  4. ^ a b Youth Employment Action
  5. ^ a b c "History". Rural Youth Europe. Retrieved 27 October 2011.
  6. ^ Regional Group I
  7. ^ http://www.nfyfc.org.uk
  8. ^ Regional Grourp II
  9. ^ Regional Group III
  10. ^ Regional Group IV

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