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"Capacity Building Seminar for national networks"

30-31 March 2009, Brussels, Belgium

The kick-off event of the European Network for Rural Development (EN RD), which took place on 30 and 31 March, aimed to examine the role and strategies of networks, and how the links between all rural development actors – both practitioners and policy-makers – could be built as inclusively and efficiently as possible. The agenda was designed to inform and motivate those involved in EN RD: representatives of the National Rural Networks, regional networks, Local Action Groups, EU organizations active in the field of rural development and national administrations. The seminar included plenary sessions examining, for example, the keys of success of networking, two workshops, and a roundtable discussion with expert panelists.


Agenda [pdf] (trilingual: EN, FR and DE)

Day one - 30th March 2009

Morning session

- 'Making connections for a better rural development policy' by Mariann Fischer Boel, Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, European Commission

- 'Keys of success of networking: existing concepts and instruments, theoretical and practical dimensions' by Harald Katzmair, Expert for network analysis, FAS research [pdf]

- 'Overview of set up of national and regional networks and first identification of challenges' by Martin Law, Contact Point of the European Network for Rural Development (EN RD) [pdf]

- 'How to build a strategy? What instruments to support the strategy?'
by Michel Ehrhart, Deputy of Sub-Directorate for Rural Development and Horses, Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, France [pdf fr];
by Jan Swoboda, Head of NRN, Germany [pdf]

- 'How to find the right synergies and establishing interlinks at regional and national levels as well as at EU level?'
by André Marcon, President of Euromontana [pdf fr];
by Michel Guglielmi, Representative of Rhône-Alpes regional rural network, France [pdf fr]

- 'European Network for Rural Development: expectations for national rural networks and support to be delivered' by José Manuel Sousa Uva, Director, Directorate-general for Agriculture and Rural Development, European Commission [pdf fr]

 

Afternoon session

Workshop A: Strategic framework for national rural networks

Presentations by:
- Henk Kieft, NRN, the Netherlands [pdf]
- Maria Gustafsson, NRN, Sweden [pdf]
- Camillo Zaccarini Bonelli, NRN, Italy [pdf]
- John Lougheed, Head of Unit, Directorate-general for Agriculture and Rural Development, European Commission [pdf]

Workshop B: Efficient tools and interlinks between networks

Presentations by:
- Severine Bressaud, Contact Point of the EN RD [pdf]
- Ivo Tartaglia, consultant, LAG manager and coordinator of the ELREN TNC project, Italy [pdf]
- Thomas Bertilsson, COPA-COGECA [pdf]
- Leo Maier, Head of Unit, Directorate-general for Agriculture and Rural Development, European Commission [pdf]

 

Day two - 31st March 2009

Reports of the workshops from day one

Presentations by:
- Paul Keating, rapporteur of workshop A, NRN, Ireland [pdf]
- Marga de Jong, rapporteur of workshop B, NRN, the Netherlands [pdf]




 

 

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