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Workshop A: Strategic framework for national
rural networks

DG AGRI, European Commission

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  • 1. Seminar Capacity Building for National Rural networks Workshop A: Strategic Framework for national Rural Networks John Lougheed DG AGRI, 30 March 2009
  • 2. Aim of Network -Art. 67 of Reg. 1698/2005
    • Collect, disseminate and consolidate at Community level good agricultural practice
    • Provide information on developments in the Community’s rural areas and in 3 rd countries
    • Organise meetings and seminars at Community level for those actively involved in Rural development
    • Collect, analyse +disseminate information on Rural Development measures
  • 3. Aims -continued
    • Set up and run expert networks with a view to facilitating an exchange of expertise and supporting implementation and evaluation of the rural development policy
    • Support the national networks and transnational cooperation initiatives.
  • 4. How to Network –Art. 68 of Reg.
    • Action plan
      • AWP for European Network
      • Action plan for National Rural Networks, containing at least :
        • Good transferable practices
        • Network management
        • Organisation of exchange of experience + know-how
        • Preparation of training courses for LAGS in formation
        • Technical assistance for inter-territorial and transnational cooperation.
  • 5. How ambitious should we be?
      • Commission expectations
        • To collect structured feed-backs from implementation of Rural development, reflecting territorial, thematic and operational concerns.
        • To develop activities based on common goals, with a strong potential to promote training and knowledge development.
        • To reinforce the efficiency of the rural development policy, contributing to the better designing of rural development programmes by: - accurately targeting the needs identified in the national strategy plans, - and responding to the European strategic guidelines for rural development.
        • To create dynamic meetings and debates on shared concerns for the present and for the future of rural areas.
        • To secure communication between stakeholders at all levels.
  • 6. Issues to be resolved
      • Balance of work
      • European/national/regional/local
      • Issues to be tackled
      • Methods of networking
      • Individual/group/traditional/electronic/formal/informal
      • Resources of time, funding, support organisations.
  • 7. Strategic approach
    • Strategy concentrating effort on key issues
    • Formal structure involving stakeholders
    • Based on consultation of stakeholders
    • Balance of issues, methods
    • Deployment of resources
    • Use of different media and methods
    • Use of support structures (national, Contact Point, existing organisations).
    • Prioritising work