Institute of Agricultural Economics, Belgrade
European Rural Development Network

9th European Rural Development Network Conference 2011
Rural development policies from the EU enlargement perspective
Serbia, 8-9 September 2011

The Organising Committee of the European Rural Development Network and Institute of Agricultural Economics, Belgrade cordially invites you to the Conference “Rural development policies from the EU enlargement perspective”. The Conference will take place in Kastel Ecka, Serbia, 60 km far from Belgrade (

The European Rural Development Network (ERDN) is a networking community of experts in the field of rural areas particularly in Central-Eastern Europe ( They effort in investigation rural processes across Europe provide extensive knowledge needed to understand what is the meaning of agricultural development. It is well known that the policies targeting the rural areas are changing. The originally agriculture sector orientation is strongly moving toward rural space policies. This process is reflected in changing paradigms of rural development considered as a base for policy and strategic planning formulation.
While the ERDN community poses extensive knowledge of rural processes and willing to contribute to the process of successful rural development policy planning. Different scientific backgrounds and cross national origin of ERDN experts provides complex and interdisciplinary quality solutions.

The Objectives of the meeting
The meeting to share our experience and research results how the different rural areas of Europe are developing while EU enlarged. Papers dealing with phenomena related to EU policies implementation are strongly welcome. This to be of greater importance for candidate country and others designing the rural policies. The provisional topics are:

Rural development policies contemporary challenges
EU rural development measures from the Candidate Countries perspectives
Rural Development policies impact – EU Member State experience

Important Dates
The deadlines for the conference are:
1 March 2011: Submission of abstracts – extensive abstracts providing overview of problem, methods and expected results description are preferable. Expenses concerned with the accommodation during the Conference of the first author of best rated 10 abstracts are to be covered by organisers.
1 April 2011: Notification of acceptance of papers
8 – 9 September 2011: ERDN Conference
10th of October 2011: Submission of full papers

Conference coordinator
Marko Jelocnik