The Regional Rural Development Standing Working Group – SWG as initiative for Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development in South Eastern Europe was presented on the first plenary session at the PREPARE (Pre-accession Partnership for Rural Europe) annual Gathering 2010.
Around 120 delegates from South Eastern European and Eastern European EU member states and EU candidate and potential candidate countries gathered to meet, to exchange and to learn from each other with common objective: contribute to integrated development of rural areas.
The general topic of this year’s gathering was: “Building of Rural Networks & Common Agriculture Policy after 2013” with the following main objectives:
- To provide rural civil societies with an opportunity to discuss and express views on the current challenges of rural development in Europe and beyond it;
- To create a space for exchanging experience and ideas, in particular to stimulate an exchange between rural actors from those Central and Eastern European countries which are already EU members, and those which are preparing for accession, especially from the South Eastern European region;
- To promote dialogue between the public, private and NGO sectors.