Agricultural Policy Forum 2013: “New Prospects for Agriculture and Rural Development in South Eastern Europe towards Sustainable Future”, 15 – 18 October 2013, Pristina, Kosovo*

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The Agricultural Policy Forum 2013 will be organized by the Regional Rural Development Standing Working Group (SWG) in South-East Europe (SEE) from 15th until 18th of October 2013 in Pristina, Kosovo*.

Entitled: “New Prospects for Agriculture and Rural Development in South Eastern Europe towards Sustainable Future”, the APF 2013 will address the implementation of future EU agricultural and rural development policies and the reflection contributing to the countries of SEE.

The Forum will promote and stimulate debate and discussion on policy issues among policy makers, governmental and non-governmental organizations from the agriculture and rural development, water and forestry sectors 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.

The Forum participants will be divided into three (3) working groups which will focus on facilitating more collaborative and informed approach to communicating the policy challenges in the agriculture and rural development sector. The topics are:

  • Implementation of Area Based Development in the cross-border rural areas of the Western Balkans
  • The Balkan Rural Network in South Eastern Europe and way ahead
  • Rural development by sustainable water resource and forestry management in South Eastern Europe

The results from the Working Groups will contribute to the formulation of the APF Agenda providing guidelines for suitable agricultural and rural development policies in SEE.

The Agricultural Policy Forum (APF) was established in 2001 in order to facilitate policy decision making in South Eastern Europe. Subsequently the Agricultural Policy Forum has been annually held in the countries of South Eastern Europe (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania and Serbia), together with three forums held in Leipzig and Dresden, Germany. The main theme of all agricultural policy forums was the agricultural and rural development of SEE countries in the process of EU integration. The main achievement based on the establishment of the APF as a platform for dialogue and regional cooperation was the formation of the regional initiative, the Regional Rural Development Standing Working Group (SWG) in SEE.

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* Kosovo* “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.