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.
'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; by Jan Swoboda, Head of NRN, Germany
'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; by Michel Guglielmi, Representative of Rhône-Alpes regional rural network, France