24 June 2005
Catching up with the European Union - How to address the challenges of rural development

The European Stability Initiative (ESI) with the Delegation of the European Commission and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration of Luxembourg co-organised a seminar on "Catching Up with the European Union - How to address the challenges of rural development".

The seminar brought together 30 key decision makers from the central government, parliament, municipalities, universities, agro-businesses, and NGOs to discuss rural development as a key policy area in the country. This discussion introduced Macedonian policy makers to the experience of Bulgaria over the past five years and sought to explore how EU assistance in this field has helped to develop Bulgarian policies and institutional capacity.

The key elements of the discussions during the seminar were presented at a public lecture given by Gerald Knaus, Director of the European Stability Initiative; Miroslava Georgieva, Director of the Rural Development Directorate, Ministry of Agriculture, Sofia; and Ross Bull, Director, "Rural Space & Infrastructure", UK.

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Alan Grant is an Irish photographer who travelled extensively in the Balkans and other countries and regions of the world. Thanks to him, ESI is able to show fascinating pictures of the Balkans: the facades of Tirana, the painted mosques of Travnik, the fabulous old houses of Plovdiv and the spectacular blue of water - dark in the Bay of Kotor, emerald in the river valleys of Bosnia, deep blue in Ohrid, twinkling in the Aegean Sea and on the Bosporus.

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Jonathan Lewis lives between London and Istanbul. He moved to London and spent many years studying photography and now specialises in photojournalism, documentary photography and commercial work for a wide variety of private and commercial clients in the UK, Europe and Turkey. His work has appeared in a number of magazines and publications and is used on the ESI website as well.

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