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CAP reform and building a knowledge-based agriculture in rural areas of the Associated candidate countries


The appropriate use and management of the rural areas in the context of the multifunctionality and the rural economies poses fundamentally new questions and approaches to science and policy both in EU Member states (MS) and Associated candidate countries (ACC). Recently the knowledge base is still embedded in the national agricultural research systems. A new assessment of the scientific priorities as well as a new approach in management of knowledge to be utilized by all stakeholders is needed. Therefore an increased necessity for policy oriented and demand driven research is demonstrated to provide solid base for consolidation of all involved actors. In order to create appropriate environment for gathering and networking stakeholders from the ACC a two-day conference is proposed to be organized in Sofia, Bulgaria. The event seeks to demonstrate that engagement of all stakeholders and especially the scientific community that is needed for providing required knowledge base according to CAP concept. It will be considered as first step towards development of well and sustainable functioning rural areas. The project is structured as two Plenary sessions and four Parallel sessions dedicated for interactive brainstorming on distinguished thematic clusters. Strategic document will be elaborated as main deliverable describing relevant actions to be taken in consideration by the policy makers for the smooth adaptation of the ACC to CAP. This document can be considered as logical follow up of changing face of rural Europe and the complexity of challenges involved in the sustainable development of rural economics which are documented in the Foresight Blueprint - AGRIBLUE - Sustainable, Terresstrial Development of Rural Regions of Europe (EUR21259), resently published by the European Commission (October 2004).

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