2 nd Balkan Rural Parliament “Reviving of rural Western Balkans – moving towards EU integration”


More than 60 various stakeholders from rural areas of the Western Balkan countries, including representatives of the civil society, Managing Authorities from the WB countries, national governments and relevant donors, gathered in Ohrid, N. Macedonia, on June 15 and 16, for the 2nd Balkan Rural Parliament, organized by the Balkan Rural Development Network (BRDN), with financial support of SWG – Regional Rural Development Standing Working Group in South Eastern Europe.

Despite the presence of the Western Balkan stakeholders, the 2nd Balkan Rural Parliament was virtually attended by many important actors in the rural development sector among which representatives of the European Commission and relevant EU organizations, who joined the discussions on the challenges and actions which can be taken for improvement of the well-being of the WB rural communities.

Inspired by the national rural parliaments, which have been implemented in Europe for more than a decade, the Balkan Rural Parliament is already taking its place in the policy-making process for rural development of the Western Balkans as one of the basic tools for representing rural communities, through national networks and the Balkan Rural Development Network.

Link to presentations:

Agenda_Balkan Rural Parliament_final

Declaration of the 2nd BRP_final

1. Evelina Azizaj_ANRD

2. Dushko Cvjetinovic_RDN in BiH

3. Matija Zamljacanec_CRDN

4. Afrim Sharku_NORDK

5. Dragan Roganovic_NRDS 

6. Djordjije Brkuljan_NRDMN

7. Petar Gjorgievski_RDN of NM

8. SULIMA Krzysztof_Green Agenda for the Western Balkans

9. Benjamin Mohr_WB_GIZ_SEDRA II

10. Aris Adlers_National rural parliaments

11. Peter Toth_ENRD

12. Hannes Lorenzen_ARC2020_CAP post-2023-WBRP Ohrid 

13. Zigo Rutkovskis_IPARD

14. Digital rural areas1 VAncho

15. Morten Hartvigsen_FAO family farming

16. SF.MK-Rural tourism-Nikolce Nikolovski _Slowfood

17. Road Maps_Robert Lukesch

18. Ana Damovska_Networking and Advocacy for Green Economy

19. Aleksandra Martinovska Stojcheska_Bioeconomy in the W.B. countries