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Profile of registrant

Young Friends of the Countryside

Identification number in the register: 26831242561-76
Registration date: 28/10/09 12:30:31

The information on this organisation was last modified on 29/10/14 17:14:34
The date of the last annual update was 29/10/14 17:14:34

Registrant : Organisation or self-employed individual

Name/company name: Young Friends of the Countryside
Acronym: YFCS
Legal status: AISBL
Website address:


Section: III - Non-governmental organisations
and more precisely: Non-governmental organisations, platforms and networks and similar

Person with legal responsibility

Surname, Name: Mr  Carl-Philipp von Croÿ
Position: president

Permanent person in charge of EU relations

Surname, Name: Mr  Francesco Kinsky dal Borgo
Position: Secretary General

Contact details:

Contact details of organisation's head office: 67 Rue de Trèves 
Brussels 1040
Telephone number: (+32) 223520004
Fax number: (+32) 223403009
Other contact information: Secretary General
Francesco Kinsky

Marie-Christine Schoenborn

Goals / remit

Goals / remit of the organisation: YFCS is a European membership organisation for rural business people, rural entrepreneurs, future and young private landowners aged between 18 and 35 year old.

YFCS Objectives:
-To support the initiatives of our members in their fields of action.
- To raise awareness and support our members concerning opportunities for rural entrepreneurship.
-To represent our members at European Union level.
-To provide clarification on private inheritance processes linked to private estates and historic houses management.
-To create opportunities for our members to be involved in European processes.
-To develop a European network to share experiences, opinions, ideas and incentives.
-To raise awareness amongst future landowners and business managers to inform them about European environmental policies, inheritance processes and rural business opportunities.
The organisation's fields of interests are:
  • European

Number of persons engaged in activities falling under the scope of the Transparency Register

Number of persons: 2
Complementary information:

Persons accredited for access to European Parliament premises

No accredited persons


Main EU initiatives covered the year before by activities falling under the scope of the Transparency Register:

As representatives of the future generation of land managers, we must be aware of actions taking part on the agricultural and forestry sectors, namely in the CAP, as well as drivers of our environmental and cultural heritage.

Since the future of Europe’s countryside is dependent on the individual management decisions of its millions of entrepreneurs and landowners. On one hand we need to prepare the future generations to be able to take over this challenge and to enable YFCS to become an influential organization, with the capacity to spread its vision in the political, economic and social spheres; at national and European level. On the other hand it is important to communicate this message, not only internally but also externally in the form of constructive debates with EU institutions, NGOs, the academic world and national representatives.

Therefore, the YFCS launched the “Young Entrepreneurs’ Award”, within the framework of a yearly gathering called the "Forum for Countryside Entrepreneurship", in order to reward a personal or group project of YFCS members; launched the YFCS secured platform, which allows our members to keep in touch with each other and to have direct access to YFCS information; every month, our members receive a hard copy of the Countryside Magazine, published in five languages in cooperation with Friends of the Countryside, has the YFCS website “” as an external communication tool; and YFCS organized and participate actively in various events, such as:
- YFCS Forum for Countryside Entrepreneurship: 15-17th February 2013 in Brussels (BE).
- Forum for the Future of Agriculture: 05th March 2014 in Brussels (BE), which was attended by over 500 delegates and speakers.
- Local YFCS's national activities: 20-22 June 2014 - Czech Republic. Aiming at recruiting new members, fostering the relationships between existing members and also promoting YFCS and its activities to external partners.
- Green Week 2014: 3d to 5th June 2014, Brussels (BE). Together with ELO and the FCS, YFCS attended various conferences and held an information stand.
- FCS General Assembly: 6th to 8th June 2014, Udine (IT).
- CLA Game Fair: 18th to 20th July 2014, Belvoir Castle (UK).
- 10th YFCS General Assembly: 11th to 14th September 2014, Lisbon (PT)

Other achievements in 2014:
- Increasing the visibility of the "Entrepreneurship Award" and securing a new sponsor.
- Increasing the number of local events in order to ensure an adequate turnover of members and to promote the organization.
- Greater focus has been given to the issue of "Successful succession of rural family businesses".
- We will continue to strengthen the ties with our "mother" organization: the Friends of the Countryside, so our members can benefit from the knowledge and experience of the older generation.
- Increased and more effective visibility for the organization thanks to a new Facebook page.

Fields of interest for e-mail alerts on consultations and roadmaps;

Fields declared by the organisation:
  • Agriculture and Rural Development
  • Culture
  • Education
  • Energy
  • Environment
  • Fisheries and Aquaculture
  • Information Society
  • Regional Policy
  • Research and Technology
  • Youth


Total number of members that are natural persons: 222
Number of member organisations: 13
Member organisations (Number of members) :
  • Land&Forst Betriebe Österreich (640 members)
  • Landelijk Vlaanderen (700 members)
  • WIRE (10 members)
  • SVOL (530 members)
  • Arbeitsgemeinschaft der Grundbesitzerverbände (1,600 members)
  • Danske godser og herregarde (230 members)
  • SAF-agriculteurs de France (1,000 members)
  • CLA - Country Land and Business Association (1,907 members)
  • AGRYA (3,000 members)
  • Federazione Nazionale della proprieta fondiaria (1,946 members)
  • Lithuanian Landowners Union (3,000 members)
  • Latvian Forest Owner's Association (103 members)
  • European Historical Houses Association (18 members)
The organisation has members/is represented in the following country(countries):

Complementary information:


Information on (i) organisation's membership of any associations/federations/confederations or (ii) relationships to other bodies in formal or informal networks.

FCS - Friends of the Countryside
ELO - European Landowners' Organization

Financial data

Financial year: 01/2013 - 01/2014
Total budget: 21,607
of which public financing: 0
- from European sources:
- Procurement:
- Grants:
- from national sources: 0
- from local/regional sources: 0
from other sources: 21,607
- donations:
- contributions from members: 21,607
Estimated costs to the organisation directly related to representing interests to EU institutions in that year: < 50000  €
Other (financial) information provided by the organisation:

Code of conduct

By its registration the organisation has signed the Transparency Register Code of Conduct.