The Third Croatian Rural Parliament was successfully held in Vodice and Tisno
[Vodice and Tisno, 20 - 23
The Third Croatian Rural
Parliament was held from May 20 - 23, 2019 in Vodice and Tisno, in
the Šibenik-Knin County on the Adriatic coast. The main theme was
"Smart villages", or the villages of the future. The organizers
were the Croatian Network for Rural Development
(HMRR), the Ministry of Agriculture/Network for
Rural Development (MRR). Local Action Group More
249 was host and co-organizer of the event.
Parliament gathered more than 300
participants from all over Croatia - representatives of LAGs and
associations dealing with rural development, professional and
scientific organizations, representatives of ministries and state
administrative bodies, regions and municipalities, local and
regional development agencies, entrepreneurs, agricultural
producers, craftsmen and other rural stakeholders. International
guests included Mr. Tom Jones of the European Economic and Social
Committee and representatives of the European Commission - Michael
Pielke and Stefan Jensen.
The President of the HMRR - Mr.
Albert Varga, and the Vice Prime Minister of the Republic of
Croatia and the Minister of Agriculture - Mr. Tomislav Tolušić
opened the Parliament, followed by introductory speeches of other
On the second day,
presentations were focused on current topics - smart villages, the
future of the CAP and guidelines for the new programming period. In
a panel discussion the participants had the opportunity to ask
questions and get the answers from the panellists - Mr. Krešimir
Ivančić (Ministry of Agriculture), Ms. Spomenka Đurić (Ministry of
Regional Development and EU Funds), Mr. Michael Pielke (European
Commission) and Ms. Svetlana Edmeades (The World Bank). On the same
day participants continued discussions on various topics in five
smaller groups in the format of the world café / rural cafe.
The third day was
devoted to field workshops, ten of them in total on various topics.
The participants were able to exchange experiences and opinions on
topics crucial for the growth and development of rural areas.
Topics included discussions about smart management, co-operation of
stakeholders at the local level and possibilities for multi-funded
financing of rural development, environmental protection, nature
and climate, resource conservation, sustainable development,
digital villages, transportation options in rural areas and
islands, how to keep young people in rural areas and resources in
On the last day,
the very valuable conclusions of all the thematic workshops were
presented, many of them overlapping through many groups. The
importance of continuous education of all those involved in rural
development was emphasised: from farmers, pupils and students, to
employees of various bodies and services, and especially
researchers and educators, who need to transfer their knowledge to
new users and generations. Also, mutual learning and the use of
good practice were emphasized. The conclusions of the Third
Croatian Rural Parliament will serve as a very important element in
discussions about the next programming period.
COCLUSIONS OF THEMATC WORKSHOPS