Agricultural Policy Forum 2018: In Jahorina concluded the 18th Agricultural Policy Forum (APF) for Southeastern Europe

APF 2018 gathered more than 160 relevant stakeholders who shared views on agricultural and rural development policies in the Western Balkans and provided policy recommendations for improving the current situation

APF 2018, “Agricultural Policy: Determinant of the Regional Rural Development and EU Perspectives of the SEE”, was held in Jahorina, Bosnia and Herzegovina on 16 – 18 October 2018. It was organized by the Regional Rural Development Standing Working Group (SWG) in SEE in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations of Bosnia and Herzegovina. It gathered more than 160 representatives of relevant public authorities, civil and private sector, from 15 countries of the SEE region and abroad.

Among other, the Forum concluded that the upcoming reforms of the EU CAP presented a challenge to the SEE countries, in view of aligning their agricultural and trade policies with the EU policies, and, among the SEE countries, to mutually benefit from the trade opportunities it represented. Agricultural policies must have a long-term orientation and should apply the principles of evidence-based policymaking, in line with EU principles. A particular effort should be made to introduce measures to help improve the competitiveness of small farms and rural businesses. Diversifying economic activities in rural areas would increase economic performance, especially emphasizing the agri-food production and rural tourism. To improve the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of agri-environment policies there is a need for a coherent legal framework, enhanced institutional capacities and active cooperation among all stakeholders. Agrobiodiversity is an issue of great importance, which needs special attention also in the agri-environment policies. With the aim of improving the agricultural land market and to increase the small farms’ access to land, a well-defined land policy is needed. The above-mentioned recommendations would contribute to reducing depopulation of the rural areas. The SEE countries should further strengthen regional cooperation in the area of agriculture and rural economy using the existing regional platforms such as SWG, with the aim of improving the economic, social and environmental well-being of the rural areas and smoother EU accession.

Note: News from APF 2018 are communicated through the SWG social media accounts and digital channels. Official #hashtag of the communications regarding the forum is #APF2018.

 | Size: 280 KB 2020 1. Objectives and Program  | Size: 1 MB 2020 2. Liam Breslin-The Common Agricultural Policy post 2020  | Size: 897 KB 2020 3. Mark Cropper-Trends of the agri-food trade policies in the EU  | Size: 157 KB 2020 4. Piotr Wlodarczyk - Electronic phytosanitary certificates  | Size: 10 MB 2020 5. Jerry Engstrom -Countryside development  | Size: 350 KB 2020 6. Panel-Zeljko Vasko - Agricultural Policy Developments in SEE  | Size: 331 KB 2020 7. Panel-Endrit Kullaj - Agri-environmental policies for enhanced regional rural development in SEE  | Size: 634 KB 2020 8. Panel-Sreten Andonov - Conservation and sustainable use of genetic resources in agriculture  | Size: 140 KB 2020 9. Panel-Matej Bedrac- Analysis of land market development and small farm access to land in pre-accession countries  | Size: 447 KB 2020 10. Panel -Judith Moellers -Rural depopulation  | Size: 903 KB 2020 11. WG1-Liam Breslin  | Size: 1 MB 2020 12. WG1-Suzana Djordjevic Milosevic  | Size: 176 KB 2020 13. WG1 Conclusions  | Size: 208 KB 2020 14. WG2 - Matej Bedrac  | Size: 307 KB 2020 15. WG2 -Zeljko Vasko  | Size: 605 KB 2020 16. WG2 - Morten Hartvigsen  | Size: 181 KB 2020 17. WG2 Conclusions  | Size: 613 KB 2020 18. WG3-Ordan Cukaliev  | Size: 2 MB 2020 19. WG3-Sonja Ivanovska  | Size: 147 KB 2020 20. WG3 Conclusions  | Size: 1 MB 2020 21. WG4-Biagio Carrano Italy  | Size: 204 KB 2020 22. WG4-Raimonda Ajdini, ALB  | Size: 353 KB 2020 23. WG4-Midhat Jasic, BH  | Size: 594 KB 2020 24. WG4-Sehad Bajrami, Kosovo  | Size: 1,002 KB 2020 25. WG4-Zlatko Pejkovski, MAC  | Size: 498 KB 2020 26. WG4-Gojko Babovic, MNE  | Size: 171 KB 2020 27. WG4-Vladimir Bojovic, SER  | Size: 178 KB 2020 28. WG4 Conclusions  | Size: 131 KB 2020 29. Jahorina Agenda  | Size: 1 MB 2020 30. APF Brochure 2018
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