UNDP report on rural development: Making the most of EU membership for Croatia’s rural areas

Nov 9, 2013

Village of Ajderovac in Lika. Solar energy is perfect for remote rural communities in Croatia.

As part of a long-standing commitment to promote the development of rural, remote and war-affected areas in Croatia, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has prepared a new policy paper entitled Fertile Ground for Development: Making the Most of EU Membership for Croatia’s Rural Areas. This concise report analyses the reasons for Croatia’s limited progress in addressing rural challenges and provides recommendations on ways that EU funding might be used to improve living conditions and employment prospects in Croatia’s rural communities.

The first public presentation of this report will be held at the IMPACT Center in Zadar (located on the Zadar University campus at the corner of Put Stanova and Ulica dr. Franje Tuđmana) at 11.00-12.30 on Saturday, 9 November 2013.

The event will feature a brief presentation of the report’s findings and recommendations followed by a moderated discussion among some 100 invited participants, who include rural entrepreneurs; LEADER activists and representatives of Local Action Groups; municipal and county officials; representatives of local and county development agencies; and representatives of responsible Government ministries (see the agenda of the event).

President Ivo Josipović will attend the event, combined with a visit to a number of promising rural development initiatives in Zadar County, many of them organized with support from UNDP, and soliciting the views of leading rural entrepreneurs on the challenges and opportunities they face.

During his stay in Zadar, the President will visit the Farmers' market, a joint initiative of Zadar County and UNDP, where 24 local farmers sell genuine local produce directly to consumers; the cherry-producers cooperative Maraška Tinj, that supplies a big share of Maraska’s sour cherries; and the MasVin cooperative in Polača, the largest organic vineyard and olive grove in Dalmatia, producer of award-winning wines and olive oil, as well as fresh and dried figs.  

NOTICE: In light of the President's arrival, media representatives are kindly asked to arrive at the IMPACT Center no later than by 10:30.