In Vucje, twenty kilometers from Niksic, the fourth Regional Rural Youth Camp, organized by the Network for Rural Development of Montenegro, began.
"The bottom line is to involve as many young people as possible, to transfer the knowledge and skills necessary for the development of local communities in rural areas for projects implemented with the support of policies implemented by our state and the countries of the region and the European Union," said the director of the Network, Ratko Batakovic.
During the two days, camp participants will have the opportunity to hear, among other things, more about local action groups, leader access, sustainable rural development, empowerment and diversification of the rural economy, while the third day is reserved for field trips.
“We expect good work and good results. The current rural development will also be discussed. We will have lectures on what it looks like from the European Union angle, what support measures, approaches, and what it looks like from the national level. We will also have insight into what is happening at the local level in different parts of our region and what is the role of the civil sector, how to best promote and improve rural development," said Batakovic.
At the camp (Photo: Private archive)
The participants of this year's camp, which was financially supported by the Ministry of Agriculture and the Permanent Working Group on Rural Development of Southeastern Europe, will be from Montenegro, Serbia, Croatia, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia and Kosovo.
“We are glad that there are initiatives like this, to bring together people in the region who are interested in rural development and who are interested in some kind of agriculture, to hear what is happening in different countries and to hear some positive experiences from those countries that are already EU members," said Darko Konjevic, General Director of the Directorate for Rural Development at the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in Montenegro.
He promised that the ministry would continue to support initiatives aimed at developing rural areas of Montenegro.
The main theme of this year's camp, which runs till August 30th, is "Sustainable Rural Development Challenges and Opportunities".
The participants are young people who are most often in contact with agriculture and are nominated by national rural networks.
Text by Svetlana Mandic, on August 28th, 2019, read more at Vijesti