The Regional Rural Development Standing Working Group (SWG) in South-East Europe (SEE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) will organize a serial of First National Networking Workshops for the FAO SWG Project:” Streamlining of agriculture and rural development policies of SEE countries for EU accession”. The Workshops will be held according to the following schedule:
• 7-8 February 2013 in Albania (for participants from Albania and Kosovo )
• 11-12 February 2013 in Montenegro (for participants from Macedonia and Montenegro)
• 14-15 February 2013 in Bosnia and Herzegovina (for participants from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Croatia)
The 1st National Networking Workshop is intended for the representatives of the Ministries, representatives of the NGO-s and experts for Analysis of Agricultural Policies who are already included in this project.
The following will be the main topics for discussion:
-Concept of the project, objectives and expected outputs;
-Presentation of the status of participating countries regarding alignment with EU policy and the preparedness of related documents, strategies;
-Working group discussion on:
a) assessment of available data and information relating to EU agriculture and rural development policies (CAP) from the researchers’ (universities, research institutes and civil societies) side (by LRTs);
b) identifying the preliminary core technical fields to address during project implementation, and
c) Preliminary Gap analysis between EU and SEE countries with special attention to agricultural and RD policy documents.
-Launch of networking and cooperation campaign at national level to initiate discussion on available information related to EU agriculture and rural development policies (CAP);
-Presenting the portal on the SWG website to make collaboration easy to all stakeholders who intend to upload any relevant document and information for use;
-Presentation on models of cooperation between academia and policy makers (AgriPolicy network or case studies from EU-member states), and
-Working group discussion on the most appropriate models of cooperation between academia and Ministries of Agriculture and recommendations for adoption.
 “This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.”