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Workshop A: Strategic framework for national
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DG AGRI, European Commission

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Ws A 4 J.Lougheed

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

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