Bulgarian Rural Network
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The Bulgarian Rural Network aims to improve the quality of the RDP while increasing the interest of the wider public towards rural areas. It also maintains, supports and structures the conversation between the authorities and the stakeholders.
The Bulgarian NRN:
Aims to improve the quality of the Rural Development Programme;
Increases the interest of the wider public towards rural areas;
Maintains, supports and structures the conversation between the MA and stakeholders.
Who can join the network?
The membership is open to all rural stakeholders. The criteria is to be an organisation or institution involved in sustainable local and regional development, promoting employment and improving the quality of life in rural areas.
Another fundamental principle which determines the types of participants in the National Rural Network is connected to the representation of all past and current potential beneficiaries of the RDP (2007-13) and RDP (2014-2020).
The NSU and the Managing Authority
The NRN is established within the MA, located at the Ministry of Agriculture with some activities outsourced or contracted to an external service provider.
A call for tender is to be opened to select a company to which the NSU will be outsourced (as of March 2017).
The NSU and the Monitoring Committee
The Monitoring Committee of the RDP approves the strategic decisions on activities performed by the Steering Committee.
The role of the Steering Committee is to take key decisions on the activities of the network. It consists of a maximum of 15 members - representatives of all major stakeholder groups and networks who will participate on a voluntary basis. The Steering Committee will elect a chairman from among its members on a rotational basis for a term of two years. The Chairman represents the NRN at the Monitoring Committee of the RDP (2014-2020).
Tasks of the SC
The main tasks of the Steering Committee are:
To make recommendations on the selection of priorities and theme;
To approve its action plan and communication plan and their amendments which made in the process of implementation;
To receive and approve reports;
To monitor the progress of the program;
To offer advice and
To support the self-assessment of the overall activities of the Network.
Total NRN public funds:
2 062 130
Out of which national co-financing:
Out of which EAFRD: