Realized Projects

SWG EC Project Preparation Facility: “Preparation of a Proposal for an Area Based Development in the Western Balkans” – September 2011 – June 2012

Area Based Development (ABD) is considered to be an innovative approach enabling breakthrough in sustainable growth of rural cross-border regions. ABD is perceived as suitable for targeting defined geographical areas in cross-border regions in the Western Balkans, characterized by specific complex development problems. The approach as its core principles uses a methodology, which is inclusive, participatory, and flexible and ensures integration and

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Capacity Development for Standing Working Group (SWG) for Regional Rural Development – September 2012 – June 2013

The primary aim was to enable the SWG to open up the potential of regional cooperation efficiently. The objective of the project was to support the capacity development of the SWG based on the defined strategic and operational plan. This overall objective was defined by the following benchmarks: The final declaration of the 2012 APF demonstrates the willingness of members to regional cooperation (Source: Final Declaration), The potential for economic

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Conducting a survey on agriculture and food industry in SEE – March 2012 – October 2012.

The aim of the project was to develop and conduct a survey/profiling about the identified agricultural branches for at least three countries in South Eastern Europe. The aim of the survey/profiling was to elaborate and/or assemble information about the identified agricultural branch. After proceeding the profiling/survey the result was to be presented to be used at fairs, delegation trips and other events to present detailed facts and figures about

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“Analysis of agricultural and rural development policies in Western Balkans countries” – January 2015 – October 2015.

The aim of: "Analysis of the agricultural and rural development policies in Western Balkan countries" was to provide up to date analysis of the characteristics of the agriculture policy instruments applied in Western Balkan (WB) countries and highlight the possible effects of agriculture and rural development policies harmonization of the WB countries with the CAP 2014-2020 on food and farming sector in the rural areas. The main objectives of the

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SWG EC Project “Preparation for the Implementation of the Area Based Development (ABD) approach in the Western Balkans – January 2013 – December 2013

Background of the project The project was a follow up of the Project Preparation Facility: “Preparation of a Proposal for an Area Based Development in the Western Balkans” Overall objective The overall objective of the project: "Preparation for implementation of the Area Based Development (ABD) Approach in the Western Balkans" was to further work on building capacities and structures within the SWG and selected regions in order to be able to

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Rural development through integrated forest and water resources management in Southeast Europe: Rural perspectives: qualification, reintegration and (self) employment

The project was focused on institutional and individual capacities development for regional and inter- sectoral coordination processes and finding EU compliant solutions (policy development and implementation). It provided support to local economic development for achievement of effective mobilization of local natural resources by encouraging investments with the highest rate of socio-economic return. The project strived to forge partnerships (national/local

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“National policy instruments and EU Approximation process: Effects on farm holdings in the Western Balkan countries (EUEWB)” – October 2015 – June 2017

The overall objective of this project was to strengthen cooperation among research community and administrations in the Western Balkans (WB) to create an effective and scientifically sound support to policy decision-making. The specific objectives of the study were the following: Monitor and collect information on agricultural policy developments in the WB countries; Evaluate the availability and quality of farm level data in the WB and examine their

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“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” – June 2015 – May 2017.

The SWG continued with the activities related to the implementation of the ABD approach in the Western Balkan countries, within the 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”. The project aimed at fostering regional cooperation among institutions and

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“Rural development by integrated forest and water resource management in South-East-Europe (LEIWW)”

The primary aim of this project was to strengthen regional capacities for rural development through integrated forest and water resources management in SEE. To contribute substantially to the overall objective, the project was supposed to achieve the following outputs:   Regional inter-sectoral coordination and cooperation at the interface between agriculture, rural development and sustainable management of natural resources contributed to the implementation

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The SWG GTZ ORF Project: “Improving the competitiveness of companies and organizations from Southeastern Europe in the agricultural and food sector through the implementation of food quality standards and increased regional networking”

The project’s goal was to improve the competitiveness of companies and associations in the agro-food sector in the Western Balkans through the implementation of food quality standards and strengthening a regional networking. Project Components Strengthening of business links and networks between different market players; Introduction of food safety and quality systems. The project followed a regional approach. Cross-border business relations were

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