Sep 6, 2010

CfA: 1st Summer School in International Development Cooperation, Belgrade

The Cooperation Office of the Embassy of Italy to Serbia invites you to the 1st Summer School in International Development Cooperation “PERSPECTIVES ON THE AGRO-FOOD SECTOR IN SERBIA AND THE WESTERN BALKANS: Developing new approaches and models, with an overview of Italian best-practices” .

The initiative will be held in Belgrade, Palazzo Italia (Kneza Milosa 56), 4-7 October 2010.

The Summer School has the ambitious goal to tackle the challenges the agro-food sector is facing in the Western Balkans. Italian professionals and experts from the region will provide an exhaustive overview of best-practices from Italy that could be transferred to develop new approaches to the future evolution of the sector. The event will be devoted to: 1) The legal and institutional framework of the agro-food sector in the Western Balkans; 2) Priorities, operational programmes and financing opportunities in the agro-food sector in the Western Balkans along the pathway of the EU integration; 3) Certification: Policies and experiences of food geographical indication and certification; 4) Certification, marketing and exports to EU: models and examples from pre-accession Countries; 5) Food safety in the Western Balkans: future challenges, developments and opportunities; 6) New perspectives and opportunities for rural development as a result of expropriation of land and property belonging to criminal groups: presentation of an Italian case study; 7) The agro-food sector in the Western Balkans: policy framework and structural reforms.

Participants of the Summer School will have the opportunity to attend the final Workshop on 7 October organized by Cooperation Office of the Embassy of Italy to Serbia. The event, open to the public, will provide a platform for discussion and networking among all stakeholders (representatives of central and local institutions, academic and research institutions, certification agencies, consultancies, private companies and producers’ associations) on the agro-food sector in the Western Balkans. The discussion will include the description of the financial instruments available to support the agro-food sector as well as a debate on the quality certifying labels of agro-food products. During the event, the results and recommendations of the Summer School will also be presented to the audience.

The final program and the complete list of lecturers will be published in the next days. Please feel free to distribute further this announcement.

Location: Palazzo Italia, Kneza Milosa, 56, Belgrade (Serbia)

Dates: 4-7 October 2010

Target group: Students, researchers, scholars, civil servants and representatives of NGOs and SMEs from the region interested in analyzing the agro-food sector and the activities and programmes financed by EU and by the Italian Government in Serbia and the Western Balkans.

Participants: Attendance at the Summer School will be limited to 12 participants.

Working language: English

Fees: The Italian Government is sponsoring the Summer School, covering the cost of training materials, travel expenses and accommodation.

Minimum qualifications: The minimum qualification required for candidates’ admission is a bachelor's degree in one of the following fields: Politics, Economics, Law, Social Sciences, Agrarian Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Development Cooperation studies. Specific research and/or professional experience will be considered an important asset.

Certificate: All participants will receive a Summer School certificate of attendance.

Application procedure for all applicants:
• Letter of motivation
• Curriculum vitae, maximum 4 pages, in EU format

Application deadline: Applications must be received by 9 September 2010. Selected participants will be notified by 10 September 2010. The application should be sent by email to: coop.utl.belgrado@

More information mailing coop.utl.belgrado@, pressutl.belgrado@ or calling +381.11.3629349

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