Start-up and First Meeting of the Project Steering Group (PSG) of the SWG EC Project: “Fostering regional cooperation and balanced territorial development of Western Balkan countries in the process towards EU integration – Support to the Regional Rural Development Standing Working Group (SWG) in South-East Europe” September 10th, 2015 Milocer, Montenegro

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The Project Steering Group meeting for the EU funded project: “Fostering regional cooperation and balanced territorial development of Western Balkan countries in the process towards EU integration – Support to the Regional Rural Development Standing Working Group (SWG) in South-East Europe”

will be organized on September 10th, 2015 in Montenegro.

The two year project started in June 2015 and will be implemented by the Regional Rural Development Standing Working Group (SWG) in South-East Europe.

The project aims at fostering regional cooperation among institutions and stakeholders in the agriculture and food sector, as well as to facilitation of the process of balanced territorial development of the Western Balkan countries in the progression towards EU integration.

The objective of the project is to strengthen the networking and cooperation among the public institutions and stakeholders, as well as with other relevant regional bodies in order to accelerate the EU accession process of the WB candidate and potential candidate countries in the field of agriculture and rural development.

The project will involve participation of policymakers in the dialogue process, together with major stakeholders including representatives of local self-governments, civil society, and representatives from business community, NGOs and other civil society groups as well as, academics, experts, and will stimulate a culture of dialogue and discussion on various important agriculture and rural development policy issues and issues on economic development of rural cross-border areas.