The EU continues its support to Leader Plus in search for the best solutions for the biggest problems of the rural Serbia. The project "CSOs support to public administration in IPA Rural Development II with focus on Measure 202 " will be co-funded by the EU within the "EU Civil Society Facility Serbia Programme" and Office for Cooperation with civil society.
The grant contract with the EU Delegation to Serbia was officially signed on 27th November. The signing ceremony was held in Radionice integracije, Belgrade with speeches of Martin Kern, Head of Operations and Aleksandar Djordjevic, Media and Information Officer from EU Delegation. Also Nikola Bertolini, from DG Enlargement of European Commission and personalities from the office of Cooperation with Civil Society attended.
The project is inspired in the idea that democratic process of involving CSOs in rural development will bring more efficiency, transparency and service orientation in programming and implementing Rural Development policies in Serbia. Accordingly, the project aims to increase sectorial CSOs for Rural Development effective cooperation with public administration in the programming and accreditation process of IPA RD II Measure 202 "Preparation and implementation of local rural development strategies".
The main activities in this project will be:
- Support, collaboration and monitoring of public administration in the critical phases of IPA RD II programming in Serbia
- In-depth support to public administration in accreditation of Measure 202 "Preparation and implementation of local rural development strategies"
- Activation, formation and professionalization of LAG Network Serbia
- Mentoring for professionalization of management and staff of LAGs.
The activities will involve 30 CSOs in rural development from Serbia; 20 potential LAGs; the SECO agriculture and rural development; Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management; and Regional Rural Development Standing Working Group.
The project will be implemented by Leader Plus in collaboration with three fellow CSOs: Agromreža, Network for Rural Development of Serbia and Eko Talas.