The discussions on the Roundtable will encompass the following themes:
1. Strengthening regional cooperation on agriculture and rural development in the Western Balkans;
2. Facilitating cross-border (intra-region and with EU) trade in agri-food products;
3. Key issues on IPARD (rural development programmes under the Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance).
The event is scheduled as a side event in the context of the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA) in Berlin and will take place on January 171h, 2016 from 13.00 pm to 14:30 pm.
The Roundtable is initiated by the Regional Rural Development Standing Working Group (SWG) in SEE in cooperation with the European Commission, DG Agriculture and Rural Development and the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) of Germany.
*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.