Agricultural and rural convention (ARC 2020) (ARC 2020)

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Beyond technicalities and proposals fit for purpose, changing EU policies requires to broaden the scope of societals debates and to ensure that the principles of cohesion and solidarity remain at the core of the European Union. At every moment the EU risks to lose the sense of his community of destiny. ARC2020 is acting as NGO to facilitate the understanding of EU policies affecting food, agricultural and rural areas, while allowing people on the ground and civil society to take part in various policy-making processes. Overall ARC2020 is accompanying trends towards policy change at EU and national levels from a civil society perspective, and provide first-hand information on policies and practices.


Our objectives are threefold:

To inform associations and non-governmental organizations on agricultural, food, environmental, rural and commercial issues in European policies and at international level, by all means and media.

To promote and to manage the networking of activities and synergies between associations and non-governmental organizations in the fields and policies related to agriculture, rural development, food, environment, public health, trade and research, at European and international level, by all means and media.

To facilitate the participation of non-governmental and associative actors in consultations and dialogues with the public authorities on agricultural, food, environmental, public health, rural, commercial and research policies, at European and international level, by all means and supports.

Related programmes

Modes of action

  • expertise
  • networking of actors
  • mobilization, rally
  • advocacy, lobbying, influence strategy
  • media actions: pamphlet, opinion paper, campaign
  • legal and citizen watch, diffusion of information
  • documentaries, films, videos, animated films
  • meetings, exchanges, assemblies
  • diffusion of best pratices creation of labels
  • non-governmental, citizen democracy
  • research, analysis

Target audience

  • NGO
  • European civil society
  • organised civil society
  • farmers, farmers’ unions
  • European institutions
  • policy-makers
  • public authorities, elected representatives, administrations

Thematic areas

  • governance
  • economy
  • agriculture and food
  • environment
  • local territory management
  • research and technological innovation
  • Climate energy
  • migration
  • tools & methods
  • information
  • democracy
  • citizenship
  • woman & gender
  • commons