Kick-off meeting of the Regional Expert Advisory Working Group (REAWG) on Agri-Environment Policy (AEP), 13 – 14 March 2018, Tirana, Albania

SWG and GIZ took an initiative to conduct an assessment of the agri-environment policies in the countries/territories of the SEE, as well as to propose policy framework for implementation of sustainable agricultural practices in line with EU policies.

The major tasks of the assignment are:

  • Regional methodology and approach for the assessment of agri-environment policies in the countries/territories of the SEE;
  • Evaluation of the relevant policy frameworks in place and provision of recommendations for their improvement and alignment with EU policies;
  • Regional report on the status, gaps and constraints regarding the agri-environmental policies and the provision of recommendations for an alignment of regional / national priorities with EU policies.

The kick-off meeting gathered representatives of relevant public institutions from the Western Balkans, as well as national and regional experts on agri-environment with focus on crop production, soil and water, and animal husbandry. At the meeting they defined the methodology for the assessment, division of roles and responsibilities and activity plan for the assessment.

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