Mr. Boban Ilic, the SWG Secretary General along with H.E. Blerand Stavileci, the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Development of Kosovo*, in his capacity of holding the Presidency of the SWG RRD, participated at the informal meeting of key players in Rural Development in the EU held on July 11th in Brussels.
The event was occasioned with promotion of PREPARE’s new book ‘Community Spirit wins’ and has been organized by the PREPARE – Partnership for Rural Europe Network, the Economic and Social Committee, and the Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development H.E. Dacian Ciolos and was an opportunity for key players to debate the scope for increased cooperation between civil society and governmental bodies in implementing EU rural development programmes in the period 2014 to 2020.
The gathering was opportunity for Mr. Ilic, the SWG Secretary General and Minister Stavileci to present the SWG activities related to planning for implementation of rural economic development through intensive regional cooperation for sustainable economic development in rural cross border areas in Western Balkan countries in front of Commissioner H.E. Dacian Ciolos, Director General of Directorate General for Agriculture Jerzy Bogdan Plewa, Minister of Agriculture of Lithuania H.E Vigilijus Jukna and representatives of DG AGRI, DG Enlargement, members of the European Parliament and other quests.
*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.”