Newsletter NRN Romania no. 7/2019 (37)
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INDEX                                                         NEWSLETTER JULY 2019


  • Starting 22 July and until 31 December is open the call for projects on sM 6.3;
  • Between 26 June-30 September 2019, takes place the call for projects on sM 9.1 and 9.1 a;
  • Until 31 August is also open the call for projects on sM  4.3 - irrigation infrastructure component (including ITI Danube Delta).
  • Furthermore, up to 30 November 2019 takes place the call for projects on sM 17.1


Two more EIP AGRI brochures have been translated to Romanian and are now available on the NRN website (
Shaping the digital (r)evolution in agriculture  and Collaborate to Innovate .

Finland, which took over the rotating presidency of the Council on 1 July, presented its priorities for its term in the area of agriculture and fisheries.

In the field of agriculture, the priority of the Finland's Presidency is to make as much progress as possible in the negotiations on the Commission proposals for the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) post 2020, ahead of a decision on the new multiannual financial framework 2021-2027. Other priorities will include bio-economy, forestry, market situation and international trade related questions.

On fisheries, the presidency leads negotiations on 2020 fishing opportunities for the Baltic Sea, the Black Sea, the Atlantic and North Sea. Moreover the presidency will enhance the work on the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) as far as possible and continue discussion on the fisheries control regulation.

The Council had an exchange of views on the environmental and climate-related aspects of the post-2020 CAP reform package, focusing in particular on those elements considered by member states to be essential for meeting a higher level of environmental and climate ambition, and on how in practice to improve the proposed rules so as to reach this objective.

During the exchange of views, several ministers stressed the importance of ensuring sufficient flexibility to better adapt the requirements for a higher environmental and climate ambition to member states' needs, and to simplify rules for the benefit of both farmers and national authorities.

Several ministers also considered that such higher ambitions should be matched by adequate financial support.

More details here.

On 16 July, at Strasbourg, took place the inaugural event of the new intergroup – SMART Villages for Rural Communities for Sparsely populated, Mountainous And Rural Territories.
The concept of Smart Villages, initiated by MEP Bogovič in the previous legislature together with former MEP Tibor Szanyi, makes a good base for it with the visibility already noticeable on the European policy scene.
SMART Villages for Rural Communities promotes integrated development for European territories in all their diversity. The Intergroup enables exchanges on innovative ways to create vibrant and attractive rural communities. It encourages new ways of governance and cooperation in EU territories, through place-based initiatives and the use of technology. The Intergroup aims to strengthen integration and ensure a sustainable future for all Europeans.
More about the event and the intergroup here .

Also, on the 4th of July, Athlone - Ireland hosted the seminar on SmartVillagesand Rural Towns in Ireland, organised by the National Rural Network and the Department of Rural and Community Development (DRCD) .
The seminar aimed tobuild a greater knowledge base surrounding the EU Action for Smart Villages initiative.and sought to develop an understanding of what Smart Villages are and demonstrate how it can be planned, implemented and realized in an Irish context, particularly in the context of the design of the LEADER Programme post 2020.
More details here and here .

The event, ENRD Seminar, took place in Brussels on 3rd July 2019 and was an opportunity to share practical experiences of rural bioeconomy and discuss the use of RDPs and CAP Strategic Plans to support rural bioeconomy value chains.

The event focused on different aspects related to the bioeconomy: how to build a bio-based value chain, rural climate action through bio-based initiatives, building rural bioeconomies through smart villages, challenges to policy coherence, and regional approaches.
More details here .

ENRD has launched the #RuralEurope photo competition.
The contest ends 15 of September!
Show your #RuralEurope! Make it known!

On 10th July 2019, the MARD headquarters hosted the  working meeting with representatives of agricultural high schools.
The purpose of the meeting was to inform the participants on the implementation of Law 57/2019 for completing the law of national education, about the steps taken by the ministry, as well as identifying  the main difficulties faced by the agricultural high schools.

One of the main objectives of MADR is to stop the decline of agricultural high school education, so that it responds to the degree of innovation in agriculture.
Minister Daea urged the management of agricultural high schools to present the problems they are facing and to contribute with proposals and suggestions for the elaboration of normative acts regarding the development and progress of the high school agricultural education.
"We need to have well-trained young people, and now we have to really think about the needs of high schools with an agricultural profile that we can translate into normative acts" - Minister Petre Daea.


Impact Hub and Robert Bosch Stiftung are launching the BEYOND Divides program, which supports the creation of solutions for rural and urban communities, carried out in 4 European cities: Istanbul, Ruhr, Madrid and Bucharest, an innovative co-creation process, carried out in the purpose of connecting people from both environments.
In Romania, the program is coordinated by Impact Hub Bucharest and carried out in partnership with the ROI Association in Urlați and offers, during one year, the resources necessary for the 2 groups in the rural and urban areas, to generate ideas and solutions that can solve common problems they are facing.
The first public event of Beyond Divides took place on 12 July at Impact Hub Bucharest - Timpuri Noi. Under the title Urban - Rural: What unites us - what separates us? the event brought together the participants from the project's action group with other persons interested in the theme of the division between urban and those living in rural areas.

The event represented the conclusion of the first stage and had 3 components: presentation of the process through which the participants have already passed in 2 months of work and of the conclusions reached, 3 inspirational stories of the people already working on the connection of the urban and the rural (WWF Romania , Teach for Romania and the Moara de hârtie (Paper Mill)) and an invitation to contribute ideas, suggestions, feedback.
Following the event, several communities expressed interest in replicating the project and many people gave their time and knowledge to contribute further to the process.
In August, start the ideation, generation and prioritization of the solutions phases, and on 10 October, the second public event will be held during which the ideas to be implemented will be announced.
More details:

Lucia Radu - Project Manager,

On 4 July, under the organization of the Romanian Academy - National Institute of Economic Research (INCE) "Costin C. Kirițescu" - Center for Mountain Economy, in collaboration with the National Agency of the Mountain Zone and the Mountain Forum in Romania, organized at the Academy House the 10th scientific conference with the theme “Mountain Economy, in many and interdisciplinary contexts.Particularities and realistic perspectives and vision ”.
The event was attended by scientific researchers, university professors, specialists with concerns in the development of the mountain area in Romania.
Have been presented a number of 26 scientific papers focusing on the mountain economy.
The works of the Conference will be published in volume X of the Journal of Montanology.

Also, you can find the archive of the Romanian National Rural Network (RNDR) here .
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29-30 August 2019
RNDR Thematic Conference
Bucharest - Romania
details soon..
11 September 2019
World BioEconomy Forum
Ruka - Finland
details here...
10 September 2019
Thematic workshop on Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Lisbon - Portugal
details here...
29-30 October 2019
EIP-AGRI Workshop "Small is smart" - Innovative solutions for small agricultural and forestry holdings
Bucharest - Romania
details here...
10 September 2019
LINC Conference 2019
Pärnu - Estonia
details here...
30 October -3 November 2019
Indagra International Fair

details here...
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