AgriPolicy is a European support action which is focussed on the agricultural and rural sectors of central and eastern Europe. The overall objective of the project is to support the formulation of Community agricultural policies through developing networking and information sharing, providing direct scientific inputs for policy formulation, preparing future analyses and strengthening the analytical capabilities of partner research organisations involved in the project. The main focus is on market policy and rural development policy.
The AgriPolicy project is supported by the European Commission (EC) under the Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP7). The project was prepared in response to a specific call published by the European Commission in 2007.
In developing research capabilities AgriPolicy builds on the pioneering results of an earlier FP6 project (CEEC AGRI POLICY) which established useful and effective networks of experts and institutions. There are twenty five partners, drawn from the New Member States (Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, and Slovenia), the Candidate and the Potential Candidate Countries (Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Montenegro - FYROM, Kosovo under UNSCR 1244, Montenegro, Turkey and Serbia). Other partners in the project are organisations from France, the United Kingdom, Germany and the Netherlands with specialist expertise in agricultural and rural economics and policy development, and with experience of working in the Central and Eastern Europe Countries (CEEC).
The AgriPolicy project started on 1 June 2008 and will run for two years. The project website at www.agripolicy.net provides more information about the project, the partners and the published results of completed studies.
Major deliveries of the AgriPolicy project
(1) Networking and information sharing
The objective is to stimulate the scope and effectiveness of collaborative networking between organisations involved in agro-economics and policy analysis in the CEEC. Networking is stimulated through the organisation of symposium and workshops, and the regular updating and maintenance of an online database of experts and organisations.
(2) Provide scientific inputs for policy making
The objective is to prepare analyses on specific topics (one report every eight months as well as a ‘report on demand’, making the project partners responsive to emerging research and information needs in the EC). The results of the eight monthly reports will be presented at a research symposium (the project will organize three symposia in total). The ‘report on demand’ will be prepared following a specific request by the EC and may cover a potentially wide range of topical issues. In this way, not only does the project help to meet immediate information and evidence needs within the EC, it also involves partner researchers very directly in the policy research commissioning process.
(3) Prepare future analyses
The objective is to prepare future analyses by collecting both quantitative and qualitative information in the New Member States and in the Candidate and Potential Candidate Countries. The resulting reports, databases and analyses will be made available to a wide audience through the project website.
(4) Develop analytical capacities
The objective is to strengthen the analytical capacities of the research organisations and the individual researchers involved as partners in the project. In particular, the project aims to improve understanding of the techniques of policy analysis, and to develop skills for policy evaluation and foresight analysis.
The first Symposium was held in January 2009 in Berlin, further Symposia are scheduled for September 2009 (in Plovdiv, Bulgaria) and in May 2010 (venue to be decided). Full details will be posted on the project website well in advance of each event.
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