Agricultural Policy Forum 2011: “Policy Challenges in Agriculture and Rural Development in SEE – Global, European and Regional Dimensions”, 12 – 15 October , 2011, Split, Croatia

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The Regional Rural Development Standing Working Group (SWG) in SEE countries and the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Development of the Republic of Croatia will organize the 11th Agricultural Policy Forum. Based on the Dresden Agenda 2010 (the outcome of the Agricultural Policy Forum 2010), Croatia as a Presidency of the SWG for 2010/ 2011 will be hosting the Event in 2011.

The goal of the APF 2011 is to support the process of the implementation of EU-like agricultural and rural development policies in the countries of SEE, specifically focusing on the integration and harmonization of the agricultural and rural sector with the EU. The purpose of the Forum is also to foster the cooperation on agricultural development issues among the SEE countries and support the research on agriculture and rural development issues towards improving the information base for policy decision-making.

The Forum will promote and stimulate debate and discussion on agricultural policy issues among policy makers, governmental and non-governmental organizations from the agri-food sector as well as rural development in SEE, relevant international policy and development institutions, national and international experts and academics in order to provide technical background for the policy making process and obtain new ideas for policy advice activities.

As an outcome, it is expected that the Forum will formulate an Agenda providing guidelines for suitable agricultural and rural development policies in SEE.

SWG – main achievement of the Agricultural Policy Forum

In order to foster the agricultural and rural development in SEE countries in the process of EU integration, the Agricultural Policy Forum has been institutionalized as a platform for dialogue and mutual learning.

Since the firs one organized in November 2001, the Agricultural Policy Forum has been annually held in one of the SEE countries (Romania, Albania, Macedonia, Serbia, Bulgaria Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina), including three forums held in Leipzig and Dresden, Germany.

The formation of the Regional Rural Development Standing Working Group (SWG) in SEE is considered as the main achievement of this political event

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