ERDN - European Rural Development Network
Written by Pawel Chmielinski   
Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Dear ERDN Members and Friends!

Instytut Ekonomiki Rolnictwa i Gospodarki Żywnościowej Państwowy

Instytut Badawczy (IERiGŻ-PIB), Warszawa, Poland

Agrárgazdasági Kutató Intézet (AKI), Budapest, Hungary

Česká Zemědělská Univerzita v Praze (ČZU), Praha, Czech Republic

Slovenská Poľnohospodárska Univerzita (SPU) v Nitre, Slovakia

are pleased to invite to

13 European Rural Development Network 2015 Conference:

The central-eastern EU model
for competitive and sustainable agriculture and rural development

Zakopane, Poland, 18-21.10.2015 r.

Conference is supported by

The International Visegrad Fund



Agriculture in Europe is subject to increasing pressure from globalisation, that is moving toward the standardisation of the production, based on economic competitiveness. At the same time, Europe 2020 strategy promotes the idea of sustainable, innovative agri-food sector based on resource efficiency, and rural development promoting social inclusion and job creation.

The basic goal of the research seminar is to confront various approaches to agribusiness and rural development in the context of balance between competiveness and sustainability. This event brings together researchers carrying out in-depth studies in the aforesaid areas from V4 and its neighbourhood EU member states, countries of Eastern Partnership (EaP) and Western Balkans (WB).

The next goal is to build a discussion forum of scientific community on central eastern model of transformation of rural systems with a particular focus on a knowledge transfer to V4 eastern neighbourhood.

Seminar’s first day is devoted to various approaches to agri-food sector development in V4 and other CEE countries in the context of trade-off between competitiveness and sustainability. This also refers to the problem of inclusion of small and family farms in value chains and enhancing their financial stability, development of smart local food systems, provision of public goods by agriculture, knowledge and innovation transfer.

Seminar’s second day turns its lens to rural systems, with a focus on smart, sustainable, inclusive growth in rural areas and the problem of rural jobs. The seminar is based on previous cooperation of V4 partners and aims at promoting exchange of experiences of scientific community of CEE countries. We focus on knowledge transfer supporting an institutional capacity and economic integration with EU of EaP countries.

Seminar aims also in assessment in what extent new EU rural policy tools respond to different challenges facing agriculture and rural areas of each of V4 countries. The added value of the project will be long-lasting and sustainable cooperation under the idea of European Rural Development Network as a think tank for science and public policy.

The leitmotif inspiring organisation of the research seminar is to enable the exchange of experiences between economists, geographers and sociologists but also policy makers working on issues related to agriculture and rural development. The idea behind the event is to strengthen a cooperation of four partners and, with V4 as a core, build a scientific cooperation of Central-Eastern European research institutions. Therefore the outcomes of the project will be widely disseminated throughout researchers, NGOs, professionals, media and individuals in Europe interested in the issues related to agriculture and rural development in CEECs.


General Topics

·           Models for development of competitive and sustainable agriculture

o   New approaches to agri-food sector development in CEE countries: sustainability and competitiveness

o   Transition towards sustainable agriculture: the inclusion of family farming in value chains and enhancing financial stability

o   Panel discussion

·           Models for development of competitive and sustainable rural territories

o   Smart, inclusive and sustainable growth in rural areas: turning diversity into strength

o   Social structures and innovation:  place-based development in global challenges

o   Panel Discussion

·           The Polish agriculture and rural areas. Experiences, challenges, opportunities (Special session of IAFE-NRI).

Honorary Scientific Committee

·         Andrzej Kowalski, Director of IERiGŻ-PIB, Warszawa, Poland

·         M. Alina Sikorska, Deputy Director for Scientific Matters, IERiGŻ-PIB, Warszawa, Poland

·         Marek Wigier, Deputy Director for Multiannual Program,  IERiGŻ-PIB, Warszawa, Poland

·         Anikó Juhász, Director of AKI,  Budapest, Hungary

·         Norbert Potori, Director of Agricultural and Rural Development Policy, AKI, Budapest, Hungary

·         Elena Horská, Dean of Faculty of Economics and Management, SPU, Nitra, Slovakia

·         Zuzana Kapsdorferová, Vice Dean of Faculty of Economics and Management, SPU, Nitra

·         Martin Pelikán, Dean of Faculty of Economics and Management, ČZU, Praha, Czech Republic

·         Věra Majerová, ČZU, Praha, Czech Republic

Organising Committee

·         Paweł Chmieliński, ERDN, IERiGŻ-PIB, Warszawa, Poland

·         Michał Soliwoda, IERiGŻ-PIB, Warszawa, Poland

·         Andrew Fieldsend, ERDN, AKI, Budapest, Hungary

·         Szabó Gergely, AKI, Budapest, Hungary

·         Věra Majerová, ČZU, Praha, Czech Republic

·         Jiří Sálus, ČZU, Praha, Czech Republic

·         Marián Tóth, SPU, Nitra, Slovakia

 Important Dates

The deadlines of the Conference are:

20.09 – Submission of abstracts

22.09 – Notification of acceptance

30.09 – Registration, payment of conference fee

18.-21.10 – The Conference

31.01.2016 – Submission of full paper

Guide for authors

Proposals must take the form of a abstract that should not exceed two pages (single spaced) written in English (Times New Roman 12).

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.

The full papers should be in English, between 15 and 20 pages, including title, authors, affiliation, contact address, abstract, keywords, figures, tables and references, text should be in MS Word format, Times New Roman 12 pt. Detailed guide for paper writing will be provided during the conference. You can now check previous volumes of ERDN Rural Areas and Development series for detailed information about citation and text structure.

Abstracts and full papers should be sent to: This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it and/or This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it


All speakers will have an oral presentation up to 15 min. with slides that should be made in PowerPoint format. The final program of the conference will be provided on a later stage.

Conference Language

The conference language is English.

Conference fee 

 The fee of the conference is EUR 250 (or PLN 1050). First four registered participants will be granted with discount of EUR 50 (PLN 200). The fee includes: accommodation, meals, coffee breaks and conference materials. Accompanying persons must pay the Conference fee of EUR 150. Travel costs should be paid by the participant.

We offer four travel grants of EUR 225 to participants from Eastern Partnership and Western Balkans countries. Participants from EaP and WB countries are encouraged to apply for travel grant while submitting the abstract.

The Conference fee should be paid no later than 30.09.2015 by bank transfer to:

Bank name: Bank Polskiej Spółdzielczości SA. Bank seat: ul. J. H.Dąbrowskiego 3, Warszawa, 00-057, PL. Account Holder: IERiGZ-PIB, Swietokrzyska 20, Warszawa, 00-002, PL

IBAN: PL05 1930 1523 2310 0305 9607 0009.    SWIFT/BIC: POLUPLPR

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Conference Venue and accommodation

 Conference-Recreation Center "Hyrny", Piłsudskiego 20, 34-500 Zakopane, PL Zakopane is located in southern Poland in Tatra Mountains and is known informally as "the winter capital of Poland". It is a popular destination for mountaineering, skiing, and qualified tourism. Please remember to take a good shoes and a coat. For more information about Zakopane please visit:



 The arrival: We suggest you to arrive in Poland on 17-18 of October. For those, who will arrive in Warszawa by 12 a.m. 18.10. we will organise a bus transfer to Zakopane.

The departure: we suggest you to book the return ticket on 21st (preferably evening) or 22nd of October (for departures from Warszawa). The bus from Zakopane to Warszawa will be organised 21.10, but we will arrive in the late evening.

We will assist you in your travel arrangements and booking of additional accommodation before and after the conference (unfortunately this is not included in the conference fee and will cost approx.. EUR 30-40 per night) so please, let us know as soon as possible about your travel plans.

For those coming via Kraków: 


Timetable is available here:

COST OF THE TRIP IS 15 PLN (about 3,5 EUR). 


Organising Committee

Paweł Chmieliński, IERiGŻ-PIB, Warszawa, Poland

Michał Soliwoda, IERiGŻ-PIB, Warszawa, Poland

Andrew Fieldsend, AKI, Budapest, Hungary

Szabó Gergely, AKI, Budapest, Hungary

Věra Majerová, ČZU, Prague, the Czech Republic

Jiří Sálus, ČZU, Prague, the Czech Republic

Zuzana Kapsdorferová, SPU, Nitra, Slovakia

Marián Tóth, SPU, Nitra, Slovakia 





18:00-21.00: Dinner    


Day 1: 19/10/2015        

Breakfast: 8:00 - 9.30  

9.30-11.30: Opening, Session I                

11.30-12.00: Coffee break  

12.00-14.00: Session II        

14.00-15.00: Lunch               

15.30-20.00: Study tour            

20.00:  Dinner 


Day 2: 20/10/2015                                   

8.00-12.00: Study tour                               

12.00-13.00: Lunch                      

13.00-15.00: Session III                             

15.00: Coffee break                      

15.30-18.30: Session IV                             

20.00    Dinner


Day 3: 21/10/2015                                      

8.00: Breakfast                               

9.00-11.30: Special IAFE-NRI Session                

12.00: Lunch, Departure           



For more details about the topic and venue, please visit: or contact Paweł Chmieliński (erdn(at) or Michał Soliwoda (Soliwoda(at)

Our conference is supported by V4 Fund Standard Grant (Grant ID 21510044)

 ERDN Rural Areas and Development Vol. 11: Rural transformations under Common Agricultural Policy 2007-2013 and future development

Dan-Marius Voicilas (ed.), Monica-Mihaela Tudor (ed.)

Year: 2014

Place of issue: Warsaw-Bucharest

Pages: 206

ISBN: 978-83-7658-543-7

Download here:

Printed version upon request:   This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it  



Our past Conference: 




                  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






2-4 October 2014


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.


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.


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 

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

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
  • Gavrilescu Camelia, Romanian Academy-IAE, Romani
  • 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


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


Certan Ion, Cimpoieş Dragoş, Litvin Aurelia

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

Tel.: +37322432432,

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 For past ERDN Conferences info click "read more" below and scroll down.


Last Updated ( Wednesday, 04 November 2015 )
Tuesday, 01 December 2015

For info about 2015 Conference visit:

The ERDN thematic issue of Studies in Agricultural Economics, volume 117 number 1, 2015 can now be accessed and downloaded free of charge at

See 2014 ERDN thematic issue of Studies in Agricultural Economics!       Editor-in-Chief: Dr. Andrew F. Fieldsend.   Check Publications for detailed info!

The tenth volume of the series „Rural areas and development” now available online on GoogleBooks!  The volume entitled Knowledge as a factor of rural development consists of 12 chapters proposed and discussed during the X. ERDN conference hosted by Poznań University of Life Sciences in Zielonka, Poland, October 2012.

XII. ERDN Conference RURAL DEVELOPMENT IN EASTERN EU AND NEIGHBOURHOOD COUNTRIES  – PRESENT AND FUTURE took place on 2-4 October 2014 in CHIŞINĂU, REPUBLIC OF MOLDOVA. Thank you for the conference Simon and Ion!

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. Thank you our dear hosts: Monica and Marius!

Eleventh volume of ERDN Rural areas and development series: Rural  transformations under Common Agricultural Policy 2007-2013 and future development will be available in Publication section.

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