Greek Rural Network
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The Greek Rural Network cooperates with the local people for the sustainable future of the countryside. They create dialogue between farmers and researchers, and facilitate the inclusion of all stakeholders in the knowledge sharing process.
The Greek NRN defined four objectives according to the mandatory objectives set by EU Regulation No 1305/2013
Improve the quality of RDP implementation.
Increase the participation of all stakeholders in the implementation of rural development policies.
Inform the broader public and potential beneficiaries on the benefits of the policy for rural development and funding opportunities.
Foster innovation in agriculture, food production, forestry and rural areas.
- Facilitate the exchange of expertise and valuable innovation practices.
- Create a dialogue between farmers and researchers and facilitate the inclusion of all stakeholders in the knowledge sharing process.
Greek NRN also defined 3 specific thematic objectives for the NRN:
Encouraging innovation through setting up a Sub-network within the NRN
Supporting LEADER, including strengthening the cooperation and trust between LAGs and LEADER practitioners through setting up a Sub-network within the NRN
Contributing to the achievement of the environmental priorities of the Greek RDP.
How to become a member?
Everyone representing an organisation involved directly or indirectly in rural development, is “eligible” to become a member of the NRN. Interested stakeholders need to request to become a member by letter or email to the Network Support Unit (NSU).
All requests are evaluated by both the NSU and the Managing Authority (MA) and a final approval is decided by the Secretary General.
In case the membership is approved, the NSU requests a permanent and delegated representative of the applicant organisation, to ensure participation in activities and consultations.
Who the members are?
Applicants can register according to specific stakeholder categories (farmer/forestry organisations, business organisations, LAGs, etc.).
During the 2007-2013 programming period there were 92 members within all categories.
The Greek NRN has set up the new membership, which will include the members of the RDP Partnership Agreement and every member of the Monitoring Committee including stakeholders from all stakeholder group categories. So far the members are 184 and this number will be finalized after the imminent selection of the Local Action Groups 2014-2020.
How to get involved?
Greek NRN members can be funded for a part of a project or even for an entire project (always linking project actions to the Greek NRNs´ objectives and action plan). In order to get funding:
A meeting is carried out to discuss the aim of an action, the roles and responsibilities and the funding needs.
A letter of interest on behalf of the member should be sent to the NSU.
The NSU informs the General Secretary through a letter about the planned actions (including objectives, links to action plan cost-assessment).
Following an informal approval, the action is implemented in cooperation with the RDP Technical Assistance Department.
The NSU and the Managing Authority
The NSU is established within the Managing Authority (with some activities outsourced).
Approved NRN actions (see above) are implemented in cooperation with the Department of the RDP Technical Assistance.
The NSU and the Monitoring Committee
The members of the Monitoring Committee are also NRN members and therefore can closely follow/ can get involved in all NRNs actions.
There are three levels of governance bodies. They meet depending on the needs, except the NRN Plenary that meets at least once a year.
The NRN Plenary is a platform where all NRN members are involved.
Coordination Committee (CC)
It has a guidance and advisory role in the planning, modification and implementation of the NRN Action Plan, as well as in the development of the NRN Annual Action Programme.
It may propose topics for Thematic Working Groups as well as convene meetings of the NRN Plenary and the Sub-networks.
The CC’s Operational Procedures will be described in a document made available to stakeholders.
In the current programming period the composition of the Coordinating Committee is enlarged, including representatives from all the sectors representing the RDP priorities.
The Innovation Sub-network will include members interested in and relevant to RDP innovation - Operational Groups of Measure 16. Part of the NRN website will be dedicated to ‘innovation’ (posting information and facilitating a forum for Operational Groups), as one of the NRN´s tasks is to support the setting up of Operational Groups and to disseminate their results.
The LAGs Sub-network aims to connect LAGs in order to improve the quality of implementation of their local development strategies. This Sub-network will also contribute to the collection and dissemination of LEADER good practices; promote and support inter-territorial and transnational cooperation; and work in improving implementation procedures.
Both Sub-networks can propose topics of their interest to the NRN Plenary and to the NSU.
Total NRN public funds:
5 000 000
Out of which national co-financing:
Out of which EAFRD:
4 250 000