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28Sep

 

The 2nd Balkan Rural Parliament organized by BRDN, during June 2021, in Ohrid, N. Macedonia, was short-listed by the Emerging Europe Awards for the People-first Economy Initiative category. At the Future of Emerging Europe Summit, organized in Brussels, on June 23rd, BRDN received a certificate of recognition (third place award) as an acknowledgment for strengthening regional cooperation and contributing to the representation of communities in policymaking for rural development.

30Jun


The 2nd Balkan Rural Parliament, we’ve organized last year, has been shortlisted for the Emerging Europe Awards 2022 in the following category:

 

  • People-first Economy Initiative of the YearSECOND BALKAN RURAL PARLIAMENT<http://www.brdnetwork.org/second-balkan-rural-parliament/> (South-East Europe) For strengthening regional cooperation and contributing to the representation of communities in policymaking for rural development.

19May

For BRDN member countries, rural development and agriculture (as a major part of rural development) are important priorities in the European Union accession process. This also applies to Croatia, which as a member country is a step ahead. So, being able to use the support measures designed with the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is a topic of high relevance and importance for the work of BRDN in the rural development processes in the Western Balkan countries.

To elevate BRDN members’ understanding and knowledge of the EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), an online training was recently organized, with the financial support of the Swedish development organization – We Effect Europe.

The training provided information and explanation on specific topics such as the history of the European Union; the processes of enlargement with special emphasis on the necessary preparations for the Western Balkan countries for their full membership; the basics and reasons behind the EU CAP, as well as the five major reforms of CAP; and the measures (types of interventions) supported under pillar I and pillar II as defined in the recently adopted CAP regulations.

In addition, the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance for Rural Development was described as a tool to support the enlargement process, improve competitiveness and living conditions in rural regions, align food safety and environmental standards with the EU, and overall prepare the Western Balkan countries for CAP implementation.

25Jun

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.

“The Western Balkan countries are in the process of EU integration and the rural development plays a significant role in the EU accession and it’s one of the major driving forces that can accelerate this process. We need to invest in strengthening of the mutual trust on every level among people, institutions at national level, but also impowering the trust between the Western Balkans and European Union to build equal partnerships.

The Western Balkan values can only enrich the values of the European Union. We urge the European Union to give active support to governments in making the reforms and to provide an effective support in strengthening the capacities of the civil society organizations and networks at national and regional level in the rural development processes.

Today and in the future, BRP is to sustain as a tool for advocacy and lobbying for the rural communities, as well as media for promotion, visibility and communication of the common rural development issues, and exchange of experience and knowhow.”, said Petar Gjorgievski, the President of BRDN, in his welcoming speech.

The two-days program was enriched with field trips organized in the surrounding area of Ohrid and Struga, where the participants had the opportunity to visit some interesting sights, see the potentials for rural tourism in the region and hear some inspiring stories from local entrepreneurs.

The final output of the Balkan Rural Parliament is to develop a set of strong stand points regarding the concerns and aspirations of the rural people and what these imply for action by the rural communities, for the policies of the governments, in the form of Declaration.

Following are the presentations delivered at the 2nd Balkan Rural Parliament:

 

10Jun


35 representatives from rural areas in the Western Balkans took with themselves the impressions of the beautiful scenery in Mojkovac, Montenegro, new friendships, as well as knowledge and experience that would help them to become the driving force in the development of the rural areas in the region. The rural youth who participated at the LEADER /CLLD Youth Camp, had the opportunity to learn about the LEADER approach, the process of creation of Local Action Groups and the implementation of LEADER in the Western Balkans and the EU.
BRDN and the Network for Rural Development of Montenegro organized this event to strengthen the participation of rural youth as part of the LAGs in the WB countries.
The LEADER/CLLD Youth Camp was organised with financial support of GIZ – Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.

26Apr

  1. Client: Balkan Rural Development Network
  2. Subject of the procurement: The subject of procurement is engaging a Trainer for designing and conducting LEADER/CLLD training.

Detailed descriptions of the tasks for the regional expert/Trainer are provided in the Terms of References.

The bidders are obliged to submit:

The most favourable bidders will be notified and invited to sign the contract.

23Apr


  1. Client: Balkan Rural Development Network
  2. Subject of the procurement: The subject of procurement is engaging a Local Focal Point for logistic preparation of LEADER/CLLD Youth Camp.

Detailed descriptions of the tasks for the external expert/Local Focal Point are provided in the Terms of References.

The bidders are obliged to submit:

The most favourable bidders will be notified and invited to sign the contract.

23Apr


  1. Client: Balkan Rural Development Network
  2. Subject of the procurement: The subject of procurement is engaging a Coordinator for conceptual preparation of LEADER/CLLD Youth Camp.

Detailed descriptions of the tasks for the external expert/coordinator are provided in the Terms of References.

The bidders are obliged to submit:

The most favourable bidders will be notified and invited to sign the contract.

23Apr

INVITATION FOR BIDS

  1. Client: Rural Development Network of North Macedonia, within the project ” Support to BRDN in institutional development to Revive Rural Communities in the Western Balkan”, funded by the Swedish development organization “We Effect”.
  2. Subject of the procurement: The subject of procurement is engaging a consultant for preparation of gender sensitive Monitoring and Evaluation System of the overall work of BRDN.

Detailed descriptions of the tasks for the consultant are provided in the Terms of References.

The bidders are obliged to submit:

  • Professional portfolio with relevant experience
  • Financial offer
  1. The bids should be submitted not later than 15th April, 2021 to the both e-mail addresses: aleksandra.t@ruralnet.mk and ljubomir.n@ruralnet.mk

The most favourable bidders will be notified and invited to sign the contract.

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07Apr

INVITATION FOR BIDS

  1. Client: Rural Development Network of North Macedonia, within the project ” Support to BRDN in institutional development to Revive Rural Communities in the Western Balkan”, funded by the Swedish development organization “We Effect”.
  2. Subject of the procurement: The subject of procurement is engaging a consultant/ gender equality expert for preparation of gender equality policy for BRDN member networks (rural development networks of Montenegro, Croatia, Kosovo, Albania, Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina).

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