International Conference on Urban Agriculture under a project of the Association of South-Western Municipalities

On March 19, 2019, an international conference on urban and peri-urban agriculture with broad citizens participation took place in Budapest, Hungary, within the framework of the AgriGo4Cities project - " Urban agriculture for changing cities: governance models for better institutional capacities and social inclusion" project, funded by the Interreg Danube Transnational Programme 2014-2020.

Representatives of all project partners from Slovenia, Slovakia, Hungary, Germany, Romania, the Czech Republic, Montenegro and Bulgaria took part in the conference. As a project partner from Bulgaria, the Association of South-Western Municipalities sent its delegates and provided the participation of a Bulgarian speaker in the face of Ms. Donna Picard of the The Institute for the Study of Societies and Knowledge at BAS.

Participation in the conference took Mr. Benoit Esmanne, European Commission, DG for Agriculture and Rural Development and Ms Claudia Singer, Coordinator of EUSDR PA10 "Institutional Capacity and Co-operation" to the EU Strategy for the Danube Region in Vienna. Mr. Rudolf Schicker, European Commissioner for Danube Strategy Point, Mr. Stefano Palmieri, President of Economic and Monetary Union and Economic and Social Cohesion, European Economic and Social Committee, Mr. György Alföldi of the Budapest University of Technology and Economics and others.

Special attention was paid to the development of urban and suburban farming in the host country Hungary, as well as to the sharing of best practices from Europe and other regions of the world. In the final panel, all participants had the opportunity to ask questions and comments. The conference was accompanied by a poster exhibition presenting the results of the six pilot regions of the project: Blagoevgrad (Bulgaria), Szekesfehervar (Hungary), Prague 9 (Czech Republic), Velenje (Slovenia), Vaslyi (Romania) and Ulcinj (Montenegro) model small initiatives for urban and suburban agriculture have been implemented.

At the event was presented one of the final products of the AgriGo4Cities project - "Urban Agriculture Management Plan with Wide Participation to Overcome Social Exclusion in the Danube Region", developed jointly by the ASWM and the other project partners. Soon the edition will be translated into Bulgarian and will be available through the Association's website.