The 26th Assembly Session of the Regional Rural Development Standing Working Group (SWG) in SEE was held in the period 17th – 18th of April 2013 in Siofók, Hungary.
The aim of the session was to discuss and decide about internal SWG procedures, the realization of upcoming SWG activities for the year 2013, exchange of experiences about the EU accession process and the benefits of it, as well as to decide on future initiatives, projects and cooperation.
Representatives of nine out of eleven invited SWG member institutions, participated on the session, discussed, gave recommendations and have taken decisions mainly related to the topics covering the up-coming activities: The preparations for the Agricultural Policy Forum 2013, 7th Annual Meeting of the Ministers of Agriculture from SEE, the World Ploughing Contest 2013 Canada, SWG project initiatives and cooperation with SWG project partners (EC, GIZ, FAO, OA, CIHEAM and RCI) and other Internal SWG issues: Update on developments of agriculture and RD in the SWG member countries Discussions and the SWG Financial Planning; the SWG Membership and the Nomination of SWG Delegates.
Representatives of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of Republic of Hungary, and on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management of Austria, the representatives from the Embassy of Austria in Hungary participated on the session as observers.
Representatives from the SWG partner institutions and international organizations (German International Cooperation (GIZ), Food and Agriculture Organization REU (FAO), European Environmental Agency (EEA) also participated on the session.
The 26th SWG Assembly Session was summed up with a field trip to Tihany – a village on the northern shore of Lake Balaton on the Tihany Peninsula (important historical and cultural district, National park and tourist attraction of Hungary).