Starting with the first Annual Working Meeting of the Ministers of Agriculture from South-Eastern Europe (SEE) organized in November 2007 in Germany and as per the conclusions of the Ministerial Meeting held in Zagreb in November 2010, the Fifth Annual Working Meeting of the Ministers of Agriculture from SEE will be held in Skopje, Macedonia. The organizers of the meeting are the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Economy of the Republic of Macedonia (organizer and host of the meeting) and the Regional Rural Development Standing Working Group (SWG) in South-Eastern Europe.
The aim of the meeting is for the participating Ministers to discuss the importance of the regional cooperation in the agriculture and rural development sector within the SWG framework as well as the reforms undertaken in the sector of agriculture and rural development in the process of EU approximation of the SEE region.
In addition, the meeting will be an opportunity to hear about the reforms of the Common Agriculture Policy of the EU 2014-2020 and the utilization of IPARD as a pre-accession instrument in the field of agriculture and rural development.
Beside the Ministers of Agriculture from the SEE Countries, the following target audience is expected to participate:
- Officially appointed Ministry representatives in the SWG Assembly;
- Ministry representatives on decision making and technical level dealing with agriculture and rural development policies;
- Representatives of the European Commission;
- Representatives of the internationally financed and donor organizations (FAO, GIZ, EAR, RCC etc.)