ORGANIC FARMING: NEW EU RULES ADOPTED
On 22 May the Council adopted new EU rules on organic production and the labeling of organic products.
The new regulation encourages the sustainable development of organic production in the EU and aims at guaranteeing fair competition for farmers and operators, preventing unfair practices and fraud and improving consumer confidence in organic products.
A new legislative framework was therefore needed to equip a fast-growing sector with clear and stable rules, and to allow organic producers to compete fairly, independently from whether they produce in the EU or in a third country.
Moreover thanks to the new rules consumers buying a product bearing the EU organic logo can be sure of getting the same quality across the EU.
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ENRD WORKSHOP ON MAKING RURAL AREAS ATTRACTIVE TO YOUNG PEOPLE
On 3rd May, in Brussels, was held the second workshop dedicated to making rural areas more attractive to young people.
The statistical data regarding youth in Europe indicate that 0.11% of young people are farm managers, 18.8% of rural youth are unemployed, and the European rural population decreased during 2011-2016 with 1.2%.
The event focused on the need for restructuring of population taking into consideration the abandonment of rural areas and over-population of urban ones.
Also, it included youth initiatives such as :
- involving youth in traditional rural Bulgarian activities;
- successful vloggers among young people - presenting the advantages of rural life;
- aspects regarding digitization;
- need to adapt to new and modern technologies within rural areas.
More details and the presentations here
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WASTE MANAGEMENT AND RECYCLING: COUNCIL ADOPTS NEW NORMS
The Council adopted on the 22nd of May the waste package which sets out new rules for waste management and establishes legally binding targets for recycling.
Member states will set up, by 1 January 2025, separate collections of textiles and hazardous waste from households.
In addition, they will ensure that by 31 December 2023, bio-waste is either collected separately or recycled at source (e. g. home composting).
Member States shall endeavour to ensure that as of 2030, all waste suitable for recycling or other recovery, in particular in municipal waste, shall not be accepted in a landfill.
The waste package will lead to more recycling of waste and so contribute to the creation of a circular economy. It will encourage the use of recyclable packaging and reusable packaging and will improve the way waste is managed.
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ENRD SEMINAR ON SMART VILLAGES
On 22 May 2018, at Brusseles, took place the seminar dedicated to Smart villages, organized by the European Network for Rural Development (ENRD). The seminar analysed digital and social innovation in rural areas, through actions taken up to this moment, referring to the definition and fitting of projects/initiatives as belonging to smart villages, continuing identification of good practices and ensuring the support given to the EU Plan for Smart Villages.
The event gathered over 140 participants and analysed also the integration of strategies and tools already existing, or the development of new approaches and the importance of rural communities' involvement in implementing of projects.
Similar to the new approaches developed after the European economic crisis of 2009, namely green economy, bio-economy, circular economy, smart villages concept aims the complementarity between various policies of the European Union, as well as between different measures of the financing programmes in order to improve the lives of inhabitants from both rural and urban areas and ensure a detailed understanding and analysis of the real needs of communities.
More information here .
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GOOD PRACTICE WORKSHOP: SHOWING THE ADDED VALUE OF LEADER/CLLD THROUGH EVALUATION
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During 17-18 May, in Helsinki took place the "Showing the added value of LEADER/CLLD through evaluation" Good Practice Workshop, event that analysed the added value and impact of LEADER and CLLD on rural local development.
Up to now were identified 3 objectives to which both LEADER and CLLD , as well as Rural Development Programmes (RDPs) can contribute and through which can be analysed the impact and added value, respectively:
Furthermore, the event gathered and presented good practice examples of added value, taking into account that in 2019 will be performed the evaluation/self-evaluation of Local Development Strategies' implementation.
- improved social capital
- improved local governance
- enhanced results
Also, within the event was announced the publishing of the Handbook for LAGs and FLAGs on evaluating CLLD .
More information and the presentations held within the event here
9TH RURAL NETWORKS' STEERING GROUP MEETING
On 25 May 2018 at Brussels, took place the 9th Rural Networks' Steering Group Meeting.
The event was attended by representatives of DG AGRI, ENRD and EIP, National Rural Networks, Managing Authorities, NGOs, advisory services and research institutes.
Within the workgroups, were highlighted the following aspects:
For the 2021-2027 period, the ENRD and EIP activities will be performed under one network, namely the European CAP Network.
- Means through which innovation can help rural areas and communities to respond better to globalization, trade and development disparities;
- drafting of guidelines, instruments or stages to be followed by local actors in order to encourage cooperation at local level;
- collection of examples in order to create an overview / portal of good practices referring to bioeconomy;
- improving living and work conditions within rural areas and keeping up to date with new technologies
More info and the presentations can be found here
THE 11th NRNs' MEETING AND THE 1st COMMUNICATION WORKSHOP
The 11th NRNs' meeting and the 1st workshop on communication, organized by the European Network for Rural Development together with the Czech National Rural Network, took place in Prague during 30 May - 1 June 2018.
The agendas comprised aspects such as:
More info about:
- analysis of NRNs' activities
- NRNs' strengthening during the current and future period
- ongoing activities,
- NRNs' contribution to supporting RDP measures
- identifying good practices, initiatives and examples for a better and more efficient communication and promotion of Rural Development Programmes.
20TH EDITION OF THE CONFERENCE ON ROMANIAN RURAL TOURISM IN EUROPEAN CONTEXT
During 24 – 26 May,Vatra Dornei hosted the 20th edition of the international scientific conference "Romanian rural tourism within international context. Present and perspectives".
The event was attented by over 70 guests at national level and from abroad, involved in the study of tourism in rural areas.
The studies presented aimed themes such as:
Furthermore, the event included the "Supporting small and medium farms from mountain rural areas. Need for a development program for mountain agri-tourism" workshop, whose objectives aimed identifying solutions to tourism problems.
- Rural tourism and agri-tourism within a sustainable development at national, regional and global level;
- Traditionalism vs. modernism in rural tourism;
- National and regional development strategies for rural tourism
- The role of legislation in promoting and developing rural tourism.
More details here .
PORTAL DEDICATED TO AGRICULTURE AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT
All information about agriculture and rural development in one place: finantare-rurala.ro !
The Paying Agency for Rural Investments has ellaborated and launched finantare-rurala.ro portal.
The portal gathers information from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), the Directorate General for Rural Development - MA for NRDP (DGDR), the Paying and Interventions Agency for Agriculture (APIA) and of the Paying Agency for Rural Investments (AFIR) - all in one place and one click away.
For a successful browsing of afir.info /apdrp.ro site and of reports and stages regarding Financing Claims, we suggest using Internet Explorer - version 11.
SEMINAR DEDICATED TO PROTECTED GEOGRAPHICAL INDICATION
During 29-30 May 2018, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development through the Directorate General for Policies in Food Industry and Commerce and the Directorate General European Affairs and International Relations, together with representatives of Directorate General for Agriculture and Rural Development of the European Commission, organised the Protected Geographical indication for agri-food, wine and alcoholic drinks seminar.
Participants at the seminar included representatives of the initiative groups and of applying association groups.
During the two days, the representatives of the European Commission presented the European legislation and its application and answered the questions coming from the participants.
The seminar aimed to increase the level of information for the those interested and clear up aspects regarding submitted files.
ALBA TASTY FAIR - 9th EDITION
During 18-20 May, at Alba Iulia, took place the 9th edition of the “Gustos de Alba”/ "Alba Tasty" Fair . The event aimed the promotion of local producers, preservation of traditional cuisine and encouraging the consumption of products obtained in Alba county.
Over the three days, visitors had the chance to assist demos and culinary contests, while producers from county's areas participated with traditional dishes from panification, meat and milk processing, beekeeping and many other.
The event was organized by Alba County Council, in partnership with Alba Iulia City Hall and Local Action Groups Pe Mureș și pe Târnave, Munții Metaliferi, Trascău și Muntele Mare, Țara Secașelor Alba – Sibiu and Valea Ampoiului-Valea Mureșului.
The event was also attended by NRN - County Unit for Rural Development Alba who engaged with the public in discussions about RDP measures and disseminated information.
GULIANCA CHEESE FESTIVAL - 4th EDITION
During 19-20 May, in Gulianca village - Brăila county took place the 4th edition of Gulianca cheese Festival.The event aimed promoting the only brand of Brăila county , Gulianca cheese and its certification as Romanian traditional product.
The event started with a thematic seminar, held by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development through its NRN county representatives, in collaboration with the County Agricultural Directorate, regarding the RDP funding and the role of NRN in supporting and connecting farmers and shepherd associations.
SIBIU INTERNATIONAL MARATHON 2018
On 26 May, Sibiu hosted the 2nd edition of Sibiu International Marathon, organized by Sibiu Community Foundation, and Sibiu Community Sports Club, Grey Projects, Visma Software.
The marathon gathered approximately 4000 runners from across Europe and Romania, with age between 4 and 70 and competing for 26 community charity, like:
Sibiu County Unit for Rural Development contributed to the event by transforming the NRN kit to refresh stop for the runners, as shown in the photo.
- Be on time/Ajung la timp-of One kid, one hope/Fundației Un Copil o Speranță (UCOS), for kids with disabilities;
- Saving moms/Mame salvatoare- Free first aid course for moms, National Red Cross Society;
- Healthy hearts/Inimi sănătoase-Sibiu children's' Hospital;
- Monuments' ambulance/Ambulanța pentru monumente-Monumentum Association, etc.
17-21 June 2018
New challenges in rural areas
Mosonmagyaróvár - Hungary
21-22 June 2018
ENRD workshop on addressing bottlenecks in RDP implementation and
preparing for Performance Review
Sofia - Bulgaria
Romanian National Rural Network
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Tel.: 021 307 23 91,
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