Within the EU-funded project “Engagement of civil society in improving policies and promoting efficient methods of rural development”, a number of activities were carried out during September-October by the National Network for Rural Development (NNRD), which enjoyed a broad participation of experts, implementers, agricultural producers and representatives of the competent state authorities.

The topic “Subsidy policy for agriculture and rural development” was addressed during the third (last) meeting of the Thematic Working Group (TWG) of the National Network for Rural Development (NNRD) on September 23, online, on ZOOM platform. Discussed at this meeting were such topics as inequality in the allocation of resources from the subsidy fund to the agricultural and rural development sectors, disadvantaged groups of beneficiaries, etc. At the same time, solutions and mechanisms for overcoming these constraints were recommended.
At the second meeting of the Themati Working Group of the National Network for Rural Development, on September 25, the issues dedicated to the area “Development of regional marketing infrastructure – logistics centers for agricultural production (agricultural tenders)” were addressed.
The activities continued with another meeting of the TWG (also the third, on its thematic dimension), on September 27, at which issues related to policies to stimulate farmers’ cooperation in marketing and small-scale processing were addressed.
It was mentioned during the meeting that the processes of launching and developing small-scale marketing and processing cooperatives could encounter certain limitations and constraints.
In the related subjects, persons, responsible for the area and the experts involved, exhaustively listed the recommendations, agreeing to discuss these again at a meeting hosted by the National Council of NNRD.
Another distinct event took place on October 30, when the meeting of the National Council of the National Network for Rural Development took place, during which the recommendations advanced during previous meetings of the TWG were duly discussed and approved.
Throughout this period, it is worth noticing as part of the project the activities having regard to the implementation of the LEADER approach, i.e. selecting and enabling 12 Local Action Groups, which, as a result, launched local competitions to identify territorial projects. Starting with December, we will proceed to do monitoring and media coverage of the activities carried out within the local projects, including visits in the regions and development of appropriate informational materials.
Another important event that took place in recent months is the accession through full membership of the National Rural Development Network to the European network PREPARE.