Start-up of the implementation of the second phase of the EU funded project:”Preparation for implementation of Area Based Development Approach in the Western Balkans”, 1st February, 2014

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The Regional Rural Development Standing Working Group (SWG) in the South-East Europe is continuing with the activities related to implementation of the Area Based Development Approach (ABDA) in the Western Balkan countries and has now started the implementation of the second phase of the EU funded project:”Preparation for implementation of Area Based Development Approach in the Western Balkans”.

The overall objective of the project second phase (February 2014 – April 2015) is to continue with the process of building capacities and structures within the SWG and within selected regions in order to be able to implement the forthcoming area-based development (ABD) programmes.

The project objective is also to test in practice the ABD with implementation of integrated economic development approach in “Drina-Tara” and “Drina-Sava” cross-border regions. Therefore, the specific objectives of this project are:

  •       To contribute to sustainable economic growth of the identified cross-border regions by a continuation of the facilitation of preparatory activities for the implementation of identified and targeted economic development actions,
  •       To strengthen 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 and
  • To improve competitiveness of products and services from the “Drina-Tara” and ”Drina-Sava” regions through cooperation and development of integrated innovative  products and services.