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-Round tables in Banja Luka and Sarajevo ” Introduction to the Rural Parliament”

Round tables such as “Introduction to the Rural Parliament” were held in Banja Luka (April 23, organized by the Agency for Cooperation, Education and Development from Banja Luka) and Sarajevo (April 24, organized by the Association of Citizens “Something More” from Sarajevo), with representatives public, private and civil society sectors, and those present discussed topics for discussion for the upcoming Rural Parliament, which will be held in the House of Peoples of the Parliamentary Assembly in Sarajevo on May 15, 2015.
The main topics of discussion were: How to improve (self-) employment opportunities in rural areas? How to incorporate innovation and increase the competitiveness of agriculture? How to improve the market for agricultural products and increase export opportunities? How to promote sustainable agriculture?
Also, emphasis was placed on the role of the rural population itself, their self-organization and association, and the development of local development plans.

This is an important step towards one of the main goals of rural development, which is to improve the quality of life of the rural population.
After defining the topics from both round tables, in cooperation with representatives of all three sectors of society, the most important topics will be discussed at the Rural Parliament, which aims to hear the voice of people from the countryside and make their opinions and interests relevant for creating the future. rural areas.
The priority challenges to be addressed in the field of rural development will be identified. Representatives of public institutions will also participate in that process.
The Rural Parliament is not a formal part of government, nor is Parliament a legislature or a decision-making body.
The output document of the Rural Parliament will be a Declaration presenting the identified requirements and recommendations. The organizers of the round tables, as well as the Rural Parliament, are partners of the Alliance for Joint Rural Development ACoRD, in cooperation with the Rural Development Network in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The Agency for Cooperation, Education and Development is the leading organization implementing the project, in cooperation with four other partner organizations, ie the Association of Citizens “Something More” from Sarajevo, the Association for Economic Development REDAH from Mostar, LAG Una – Sana from Sanski Most and with ELARD from Brussels.
The ACoRD project is funded by the European Union and supported by the Swedish organization WeEffect.

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