IPARD and National LEADER Measure

The MAFWM was supported in the design and delivery of a workshop focused on the finalisation of the two IPARD regulations and the LEADER approach for Serbia. The workshop was organised on the 31st August – 2nd of September in Fruska Gora and included 19 representatives (Female 10, Male 9), 14 from the MAFWM and 5 representatives of local self-governments (LSG).

The workshop facilitated the finalisation of the regulations for the IPARD Measures (1) Investments in physical assets of agricultural holdings and (2): Investments relating to the processing and marketing of agricultural products. The workshop also assisted, through a process of dialogue with the LSG representatives, the finalisation of the operating rules for LEADER and in particular the criteria for the definition of Local Action Groups and eligibility criteria to access incentives for the preparation of partnership strategies for rural development.

The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry & Water Management (MoAFWM) was supported in promoting the National LEADER Programme at the SCTM Rural Development Network Meeting in Belgrade and at 8

subsequent regional conferences in Kragujevac, Leskovac, Loznica, Pozega, Nis, Novi Sad, Zajecar and Zrenjanin from the 26th of October to the 27th of November.

In promoting the LEADER approach to the development of rural areas, particular attention was paid to the principles, which define the approach, and also the presentation of good practice examples, by LAG representatives from Croatia. A total of 399 people (178 female / 221 male) representing public (242),

private (49) and civil sectors (115) from across Serbia attended the promotional events.

The Ministry was also supported in designing and facilitating a consultative process with rural stakeholders to inform the preparation of the ‘Rule Book’ which would govern the roll out the LEADER Programme and detail the incentives for the preparation of local strategies by Local Action Groups. The ‘Rule Book’ was finalised in December.