Agricultural Policy Forum 2014: “Promoting Sustainable Rural Development through Agriculture in South Eastern Europe”, 14 – 17 October 2014, Kopaonik, Serbia

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Agricultural Policy Forum 2014: “Promoting Sustainable Rural Development through Agriculture in South Eastern Europe will be held in Kopaonik, Serbia in the period of 14th – 17th October 2014. The APF 2014 is organized on behalf of the Regional Rural Development Standing Working Group (SWG) in SEE in close cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture and Environmental Protection of Serbia.

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, Kosovo* 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.

The Agricultural Policy Forum 2014 once more will serve as a platform for international dialogue on policy settings and perspectives of common interest to agricultural policy makers and stakeholders.

The APF 2014 will address the implementation of the EU agricultural and rural development policies for the period 2014-2020 and the reflection towards the countries of SEE. The Forum will focus on promoting sustainable rural development in the South Eastern European countries through agriculture.