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Written by Pawel Chmielinski   
Tuesday, 15 April 2014

EUROPEAN RURAL DEVELOPMENT NETWORK

XIIth CONFERENCE

2014

                  The State Agrarian University of Moldova

in cooperation with

National Institute for Economic Research, Academy of Sciences of Moldova Romanian Academy - Institute of Agricultural Economics

& Economic and Social Research Institute "Gheorghe Zane” Iaşi,

Foundation Terra Nostra, Iaşi

 

 RURAL DEVELOPMENT IN EASTERN EU

 AND NEIGHBORHOOD COUNTRIES

– PRESENT AND FUTURE 

CHIŞINĂU, REPUBLIC OF MOLDOVA

2-4 October 2014

Background

People in today's business world of uncertainty always accompanied by innovation, will survive only if they engage in the processes of economic integration, intensification and deepening processes of the interdependence between the economies, elimination of economic borders.

The agri-food model that has asserted itself over the last fifty years is one of the causes of the most serious environmental and climate changes ever experienced by humanity. On one hand, in so far as they were considered inextinguishable, natural resources such as water, land, forests and woods have been exploited indiscriminately, and have hence deteriorated irreversibly. On the other hand, industrial farming has made an increasingly unbridled use of inputs of fossil origin, such as chemical fertilizers, pesticides and plastics.

At the same time, the financial problems that have appeared in recent years as a result of the beginning of global economic-financial crisis put an increasing pressure upon EU evolution as a whole. Finding additional financial resources for agriculture and rural areas will have to be intensified and stimulated. Major challenges are to ensure food security and sovereignty, response to environmental and climate crisis, and revigorate the economy and employment in agriculture and rural areas.

European Union countries undergo a difficult phase to joint their efforts with the community and the Eastern neighborhood states that expect to strengthen their place among democratic nations and live in the hope to integrate their national economy in the European Union Common Market in order build a new socio-economic system based on market relations.

The emergence of a new socio-economic system open to the world, the triggering process to joint their efforts with the international community, the trade liberalization will produce arguably significant changes not only in form, but also fundamentally, in the economic life.

Agriculture for all countries was and is still a support for the human existence and, therefore, it is the most powerful factor in harmonizing the balance of economic development. Firstly, the agriculture aims to ensure food security of the population, which is determined by food availability, food supply and accessibility of food requirements at affordable prices both for the producer and consumer. However, agriculture is also the branch that contributes to the rural development.

Starting from the axiom that the free movement of goods within the common market is not extended automatically over the agricultural trade, the common market for agricultural commodities must be accompanied by the establishment of a common agricultural policy among the Member States, which is currently extended for the Eastern Partnership countries too.

The Common Agricultural Policy should have been directed towards improving agricultural productivity by promoting technical progress and optimal use of production factors, especially labor force, ensuring the standard of living in rural areas appropriate to the way of life in the country.

Last but not least, we would like to focus on the competitiveness of agri-food products in the EU, which are facing direct and permanent competition with similar products from other regions of the world and the way in which the financial resources have been correctly directed and efficiently used.

Each EU member country can have its own policy respecting the principles: community preference (setting trade barriers around the single market), financial solidarity (sharing revenues and costs) and joint financing, supporting the prices for agricultural products ‘prices with low elasticity of the offer, as cereals, sugar, table wine etc.

This situation obliges undoubtedly to amplify the exchange of views formed in trials of the agriculture economic integration process and its consequences over the rural development both in the Member States of the EU and the Eastern Partnership countries.

It is out of these reasons that we consider it necessary that the ERDN meeting from 2014 has as main theme the evaluation of current situation in agriculture and rural area as well as their perspectives.

Objectives

The Conference aims to stimulate theoretical and empirical contributions on the proposed theme and brings together economists, sociologists, geographers, agronomists, ecologists, policy makers, rural planners, managers and others, in order to discuss and assess new perspectives in the future rural development plans. We will welcome comparative analyses between structures, strategies and challenges of the economies inside EU and different countries in transition.

At the same time, we intend to extend our concerns and sphere of interest by attracting new members in ERDN, to deliver new outputs of our activities, to promote and share the results of our concerns with other participants, networks and actors, to create a rich and favorable background for future collaborations.

The objectives of the Conference are:

  • Evaluation of the effects of Eastern Partnership.
  • Analysis and refining common goal systems for agriculture and rural development (determination of specific social needs) in different EU member states, at different stages of development and integration with the EU and transition countries.
  • Determination of competitiveness of agri-food products from Eastern partnership countries on EU agri-food market and best practices identified in rural development.
  • Identification of challenges, opportunities and risks for sustainable rural development within the Eastern Partnership Multilateral Platforms 2014-2017.
  • Connection of networks and people.

Topics

During the two full days of the Conference, three thematic sessions are planned. The topics are:

I) Structural changes in agriculture and rural areas in different EU member states and Eastern Partnership countries: present and future

II) Financial aspects/alternatives in agriculture and rural development

III) Competitiveness of agri-food products on EU - Eastern Partnership intra and extra trade markets 

Important Dates

The deadlines of the Conference are:

 

  • 20.05 - Submission of abstracts
  • 01.06 - Notification of acceptance/rejection
  • 20.06/02.07 - Pre-Registration/Registration
  • 25.08 - Submission of full paper and of power point presentation
  • 02.10/04.10 - Conference

Guide for authors

Proposals must take the form of a detailed abstract that should not exceed two pages (1 spaced) written in English (Times New Roman 12). Only Word or PDF documents are accepted.

A scientific committee according to the usual academic criteria will evaluate proposals: originality of the problems and the expected results, theoretical background, quality of the empirical instruments and compatibility of the topic with the general themes of the conference. Selected papers must be presented during the conference. Decisions will be announced to the potential contributors by e-mail.

Before the Conference the participants will get the CD proceedings with all abstracts and a printout copy of the accepted full papers.

Before the conference, up to August 25, 2014, the participants must provide to the organizers their Full paper, ready for print. The full paper earlier submission is welcomed.

The Full papers should be in English, a maximum of 15 pages including title, authors, affiliation, contact address, abstract, keywords, figures, tables and references. Computer files should be in MS Word format, Times New Roman 12 pt, simple spaced. It will be a reviewed process of all papers presented during the conference.

Abstracts and Full Papers should be sent to: This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it

 

Presentations

All speakers will have an oral presentation up to 20 min. with slides that should be made in PowerPoint format. For technical reasons, the presentation must be send to organizers one week before the Conference (deadline 30.09.2013), by e-mail ( This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it ).

The final program of the conference will be provided on a later stage.

Conference Language

The conference language is English.

Conference Venue

The State Agrarian University of Moldova, Chisinau, Moldova

Place: Administrative building, Mircesti 42, cod: 2049, Chişinău, Moldova

Accommodation

Hotel Doina within the National Labor Institute complex, Chisinau, Zimbrului 10

Conference fee

The fee of the conference is 250 EUR. The fee includes: national transportation (from airport to Conference venue and return), accommodation (during the 3 nights of the Conference), meals of the day, coffee breaks, conference materials, field trips. Accompanying persons or persons without presentation who want to attend the Conference must pay the Conference fee.

Invited guests and sponsors of the Conference are beneficiaries of a grant (covering local transport in Moldova, accommodation, meals, field trips costs) and exempted from the Conference fee.

Note: the beneficiaries of the grant who do not need it and can support the Conference fee from their own budget must announce the organizers.

The Conference fee can be paid by bank transfer (the account will be provided later) or directly at the Conference venue.

 

Transportation

The arrival: We suggest you to arrive in Moldova on 1st of October.

The departure: we suggest you to book the ticket back to your home on 4th (preferably afternoon) or 5th of October. 


Conference Committee

 

Scientific Committee:

  • Certan Ion, USM, Moldova
  • Certan Simion, UASM, Moldova
  • Chmielinski Pawel, IERIGZ-PIB, Poland
  • Cimpoieş Dragoş, UASM, Moldova
  • Fieldsend Andrew, AKI, Hungary
  • Florianczyk Zbigniew, IERIGZ-PIB, Poland
  • Klaus Wagner, AWI, Austria
  • Kristina-Melinda Dobay, ICES-Gh.Zane, Romania
  • Paun-Ion Otiman, Romanian Academy-IAE, Romania
  • Stratan Alexandru, INCE, Moldova
  • Voicilaş Dan-Marius, Romanian Academy-IAE, Romania
  • Valentin-Mihai Bohatăreţ, ICES-Gh.Zane, Romania 

 

Organising Committee:

  • Certan Ion, USM, Moldova
  • Certan Simion, UASM, Moldova
  • Chmielinski Pawel, IERIGZ-PIB, Poland
  • Cimpoieş Dragoş, UASM, Moldova
  • Dan-Marius Voicilaş, Romanian Academy-IAE, Romania
  • Lilia Ghitiu, INCE, Moldova      
  • Litvin Aurelia, UASM, Moldova
  • Matei Daniela, ICES-Gh.Zane, Romania
  • Morei Virgil, UASM, Moldova
  • Tomiţa Petru, UASM, Moldova

Editors:

  • Certan Ion, USM, Moldova
  • Cimpoieş Dragoş, UASM, Moldova
  • Dan-Marius Voicilaş, Romanian Academy-IAE, Romania
  • Ignat Anatol, INCE, Moldova 

Contact

Certan Ion, Cimpoieş Dragoş, Litvin Aurelia

Moldova Agrarian State University, Mircesti 42, cod: 2049, Chişinău, Moldova


Tel.: +37322432432,

e-mail: This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it

 

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XI. ERDN Conference EU transformations under CAP 2007-2013 and rural development perspectives in the future programing period 2014-2020 took place on 3-4 October 2013 in General Berthelot/Hateg, Hunedoara County, Romania.

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