Result from the 3rd Stakeholders’ Group meeting for “Prespa” and “Sharra cross border regions, 8-13 April 2013 in Durres, Albania

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The Regional Rural Development Standing Working Group (SWG) in South-East Europe organized the 3rd Stakeholders’ Group meeting for “Prespa” and “Sharra” 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 meeting took place in hotel “Belvedere” in Durres, Albania in the period from the 8th – 13th of April 2013.

The objective of the 3rd meeting of the Stakeholders from the cross border regions “Prespa” and “Sharra“ was to build the capacities of the members of these groups on communication, presentation, organization of meetings, documentation, as well as to provide adequate information about the preparation of IPA programming documents.

The training on communication, presentation, organization of meetings, documentation was organized for the SHG members of “Prespa” and “Sharra” cross-border regions during the first 3 working days in two parallel groups (“Prespa” group with 14 representatives of the Stakeholders’ Group from Albania and Macedonia and “Sharra” group with 21 representatives of the Stakeholders’ Group from Albania, Kosovo* and Macedonia).

The discussion on programming documents for territorial and regional cooperation took part on the 4th working day and was the last session from the 3rd meeting of Stakeholders’ Group from the cross-border regions “Prespa” and “Sharra”. The session was guided by the SWG International consultant Kaj Mortensen and was conducted in plenary.

The participants were introduced with the three important issues related to the programming documents for territorial and regional cooperation:

  • State of preparation of the legal framework in the European Commission and the expectations;
  • Expected outline, and
  • Role, State of preparation and timing for finalization of programming document in the ABD areas

In a debating exercise, the discussion continued on the question: How do you see the process?

  1. Does it bring you something concrete, now and in the future? and
  2. How to best use the time until the programme Approval?

Taking into consideration the information given on the Status and further development of the work on the Strategic Support Framework, too, the participants discussed about future important steps in development of their priority project ideas and other important activities which might be in line to support the implementation of the programme expected to be approved by the EC at the end of 2014.

See/download the Photo-Documentation from the SWG Training course on communication, presentation, organisation of events and documentation for the Stakeholders from “Prespa” cross border region and for the Stakeholders from  “Sharra” cross border region.


* 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.”