Exposure Visit on Technical Working Group Meetings on Food Safety and Rural Development, 16...

The purpose of this visit was to provide members of the SWG Technical Groups on Rural Development and Food Safety with first-hand exposure to the context, background, strategies and implementation practices of Ireland’s agri-food sector, especially in rural development and food safety.

2nd European Rural Parliament, 4 – 6 November 2015, Schärding, Upper Austria

A gathering of 240 people representing rural communities from 40 European countries, meeting at the second European Rural Parliament yesterday, approved an ambitious European Rural Manifesto. It called for full recognition of the right of rural communities to a quality of life and standard of living equal to that of urban populations, and to full participation in political processes.

7th Session of the Assembly of the Balkan Rural Development Network (BRDN) in South...

The 7th Session of the Assembly of the Balkan Rural Development Network (BRDN) in South Eastern Europe was held in the period April 26 – 28, 2015, in Brussels, Belgium. During the session the following topics were discussed:

International Conference on Soil, 4 – 6 May 2015, Tirana, Albania

The International Conference on Soil was held in the period 4 - 6 May 2015 in the premises of the Agricultural University of Tirana in Tirana, Albania. This event was organized with the support of the Regional Rural Development Standing Working Group (SWG).

River Basin Management Conference – World Water Day 2015, 20th April 2015, Skopje, Macedonia

SWG representative participated on the River Basin Management Conference that was held on 20th March 2015 I n Skopje, Macedonia. This conference is financed through the Technical Assistance for Strengthening the Institutional Capacities for Approximation and Implementation of Environmental Legislation in the Area of Water Management operational program TAIB 2009.

Meeting of Forest administration representatives from Balkan countries and signing of a Memorandum of...

The Balkan Forest Agency and the SWG organized a working meeting for the establishment of the Balkan Forest Forum, which was held in the period 18th - 19th February 2015 in Sofia, Bulgaria. The working meeting aside from the discussions on the establishment of the Balkan Forest Forum and drafting of the Memorandum of Understanding for cooperation focused on working group sessions which served the purpose to discuss the implementation of regional joint activities related to the efficient use of natural resources and sustainable management of forests and forest ecosystems.