On Monday 2 June 2014 in the premises of "Serbia" Palace within the training for civil society organizations on the subject „The introduction into the EU accession negotiation process and the role of civil society – the negotiation chapter 11 (agriculture and rural development)" organized by the Office for Cooperation with Civil Society of the Government of the Republic of Serbia, Ivana Stefanović Ristin, Project Manager, presented the results achieved within the project IPARD 202 „CSOs support to public administration in IPA Rural Development II with focus on Measure 202" and shared the experiences of Leader + in the field of the cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture and Protection of Environment with a number of interested rural CSO representatives and farmers. In addition to her presentation of IPARD 202 results, Stefanović Ristin stressed the role of civil society in monitoring as well as in the entire EU accession process in the area Agriculture and Rural Development and summarized the lessons learned referring to the issues such as what the greatest challenges in that process are, how we can make influence on decision makers and how we can build CSO capacities for this type of monitoring.
The special guest of the meeting was Mrs. Ružica Gelo, former member of Croatian negotiating team for the chapters 11, 12, 13 and 38, who gave the presentation titled „The review of the EU legislation within the negotiation chapter 11 and the role of CSOs in following policies in the field of agriculture and rural development".
Mr Danilo Golubović, the line ministry responsible for the Chapter 11, Ministry of Agriculture and Protection of Environment, Ms Ivana Ćirković, the Director of the Office for Cooperation with Civil Society of the Government of the Republic of Serbia and a number of CSO representatives and farmers were also present and actively participated in the training. More frequent consultations and trainings in the field of agriculture and rural development and other chapters of the EU accession negotiations which gathers rural CSO representatives, farmers and Serbian negotiators from government structures in the EU accession process are the good way for Leader + to increase the level of information of target groups and the whole public relating to the progress of IPARD 202 programme and extend its network of partners in the future thus contributing to faster rural development, which is of crucial importance for the EU accession process.