Workshops, seminars etc.
TRAINING COURSES FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE LEADER AXIS IN ROMANIA
Subsequent to the selection process of May 2006, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, General Directorate for Rural Development – the Managing Authority for the National Rural Development Programme (NDRP) in Romania, selected 121 projects (of the 156 submitted) regarding the candidates that participated in the selection procedure, in order for them to participate in the training courses concerning the implementation of the LEADER Axis within the NRDP in Romania.
The courses were organized and held with the support of the Twinning Project RO 2004 IB AG 05 ‘Support given to the Management Authority within the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development for the elaboration of rural development and fishery programmes’, at the head office of the Training and Innovation Centre for Development in the Carpathians – CEFIDEC, in Vatra Dornei.
Within the first training session, held between 18-21 July and 7-10 November, 55 representatives participated in the first series, and 52 in the second; within the courses, several activities were performed, concerning the dissemination of basic notions concerning the diagnosis analysis, the elaboration of the strategy, the priorities and axes of development of a territory.
Beyond the fundamental character of this stage and its development in a participative framework, the training session allowed the dissemination of practical advice concerning the above-mentioned elements, in this sense the activity taking place in workgroups.
In contrast to the previous year, in the second training session (2007), besides the representatives of the selected territories, the representatives of the county Directorates for Agriculture and Rural Development also participated, who constantly collaborate with the former, as far as the measures for the implementation of the LEADER Axis in Romania are concerned.
Thus, in the two series of courses that were organized, 20 deputy directors responsible with the rural development in the Directorates for Agriculture and Rural Development and 44 representatives of the territories selected participated in the period 21 - 25 May, and 20 deputy directors responsible with the rural development in the Directorates for Agriculture and Rural Development and 35 representatives of the territories selected in the period 8 – 12 July 2007.
The objective of this training session was the acquisition, by the participants, of the necessary knowledge to draw up the plan of action for the territory (including animating, monitoring, and evaluating the plan of action for the territory) and the application form necessary for the participation to the future selection stages for the LAGs.
Of the 121 representatives (animators) of the territories selected for organizing training courses in order to support the implementation of the LEADER Axis in Romania, 110 still exist, the change being explained by the unification processes of certain territories that had been initially established, as well as by the renunciation to the completion of the training courses as a result of various reasons (changing the working place that caused an incompatibility with the attributions of animator, lack of support and consideration from the partners concerning the local rural development activity etc.).
As a general conclusion, as a result of the above-mentioned training activities that took place so far, it may be said that the participants to these meetings acquired important knowledge (both theoretical and practical), necessary for the elaboration of the activities concerning the implementation of the rural development programme in general, and the implementation of the LEADER Axis in the NRDP in particular (both as far as the representatives of the selected territories are concerned, and also the experts from the LEADER and other Programmes Department within the Departments for Agriculture and Rural Development).