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30. August - 3. September 2010 in Ohrid, Republic of Macedonia

Networking in Rural Areas
Common Agriculture Policy Reform after 2013

PREPARE Gathering is the main annual event of the PREPARE network, organized each year in different country. This year 109 participants from 20 European countries gathered in Ohrid, Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) from 30. August to 3. September 2010 to meet, to exchange and to learn from each other with common objective: contribute to integrated development of rural areas.

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PREPARE Gathering 2009 in Slovenia and Croatia

The 2009 Travelling Workshops and Annual Gathering of PREPARE were organised from June 30 to July 4 in Croatia and Slovenia, with strong involvement of the Croatian Rural Development Network (HMRR) and the Slovenian Rural Development Network (SRDN, a partner in PREPARE).
It is a tradition in PREPARE to organise its main multi-national event each year in a different country and region of Europe. The main geographic focus of the 2009 event was South-Eastern Europe, especially countries preparing for or aspiring to EU accession. The theme of the Gathering was “Rural economic recovery and EU enlargement in South-Eastern Europe”.
The participants to the event came from:
  • countries in Central and Northern Europe which have national partners in PREPARE (Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Slovenia); there were also representatives of the two pan-European partners in PREPARE, Forum Synergies and ECOVAST;
  • South-Eastern European countries (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia and Serbia, as well as Romania);
  • European institutions: representatives of the European Commission and European Parliament.
In total, there were 87 participants from 17 countries. In addition to the funding from PREPARE, obtained from a grant by the C.S. Mott Foundation, financial support to the event was provided by one of HMRR’s member organisations – ODRAZ – from a project financed by the Dutch government through Milieukontakt International, and by the Slovenian Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food. SRDN and HMRR provided co-financing also from their own sources. It should be remembered that some of the refreshments were offered by the local hosts ( mainly by the Local Action Groups of the area, visited by the PREPARE Gathering participants), while some national delegations had their travel costs co-financed by national governments or UNDP.

PREPARE Travelling Workshop and Gathering 2006 – Velehrad (Czech Republic) June 18-23, 2006

The PREPAREGathering 2006 was held at Velehrad, in south-eastern Moravia, Czech Republic, 21 to 23 June 2006. The theme of this Gathering was ‘The evolution and strengthening of Local Action Groups, and their role in Rural Development Programmes’. The Czech Republic, which was the venue for this Gathering, has a rapidly-growing number of Local Action Groups of the LEADER type. These Groups have formed a national Network, allied to the Czech National Rural Observatory which was set up in 2005 and which hosted the Gathering.


The Gathering attracted 71 participants from 22 countries. 52 of these participants took part also in three-day Traveling Workshops (June 19-21), during which five groups of participants travelled by minibus to different parts of the Czech Republic and were hosted by a total of 16 Local Action Groups.