Third Stakeholders’ Groups meetings for “Sharra”, “Prespa”, “Drina-Sava” and “Drina-Tara” cross border areas, 8-13 April 2013 in Durres, Albania and 21-26 April 2013 in the ethno village Stanisici, Bosnia and Herzegovina


The Regional Rural Development Standing Working Group (SWG) in South-East Europe will organize 3rd Stakeholders’ Groups meetings for the cross-border regions which are part of the SWG EU funded project ”Preparations for implementation of the Area Based Development Approach (ABDA) in the Western Balkan countries”.

The project objectives are to contribute to sustainable economic growth of target  regions “Drina- Tara” (cross-border region between Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Montenegro), “Prespa” (cross-border region between Albania and Macedonia), “Sharra” (cross-border region between Albania, Macedonia and Kosovo*),  and “Drina – Sava” (cross-border region between Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Serbia)  by strengthening the cooperation of public administrations and other public bodies, the private sector and NGO’s in the field of local development and regional cooperation by building-up local and regional cross-border capacities.

The project should promote mutual understanding and cooperation among the stakeholders, regional ownership of the actions to be implemented in function to sustainable economic growth of the SEE cross-border regions.  It is also expected that the project will create framework conditions within the SWG as organization and the SWG member countries for implementation of the area based development approach and in that way contribute to the sustainable growth of the rural cross-border areas of the SEE region.

In particular, the objective of the 3rd meeting is to build the capacities of the members of the Stakeholders’ Groups of “Sharra”, “Prespa”, “Drina-Sava” and “Drina-Tara” cross-border regions on communication, presentation, organization of meetings, documentation, as well as information about the preparation of IPA programming documents.

The training, considered as 3rd Stakeholders’ Group meeting will be organized on two locations:

  • In Durres, Albania, for the members of the Stakeholders Group of “Prespa” and “Sharra” cross-border regions in the period from 8th – 13th of April 2013, and

*Kosovo – “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.”