The SWG is continuing with the activities related to the implementation of the ABD approach in the Western Balkan countries. Within the project “Fostering regional cooperation and balanced territorial development of Western Balkan countries in the process towards EU integration – Support to the Regional Rural Development Standing Working Group (SWG) in South-East Europe” which started on June 1st, 2015 and will be implemented till May 31st, 2017.
The project contributed to fostering regional cooperation among institutions and stakeholders in the agriculture and food sector, as well as facilitation of the process of balanced territorial development of the Western Balkan countries in the progression towards EU integration.
The objective of the project is to strengthen networking and cooperation among the public institutions and stakeholders, as well as with other relevant regional bodies, in order to accelerate the EU accession process of the WB candidate and potential candidate countries in the field of agriculture and rural development.
Organization of high-level meetings and forums, working group on topics related to agriculture and rural development, as well support of organization of two SWG assembly sessions, resulted in preparation and dissemination of political statements and policy recommendations which contributed to increased dialogue on EU approximation process of the Western Balkan countries and future policy development related to agriculture and rural development.