Summary Sheet

Support for the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Development (MAFRD) in legislative and policy development and in implementing the Agricultural and Rural Development Programme (ARDP)

EU Twinning Project Number:
KS 2010/IB/AG01 

Beneficiary Institution:
Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Development of Kosovo

Member States:
Austria in cooperation with Hungary and Germany

Member State Institutions:
Agrarmarkt Austria in cooperation with
Austrian Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management
Federal Institute of Agricultural Economics

Project Start: 23.01.2012
Project End: 22.04.2014

Budget: 2,000,000 EUR

Estimated Short Term Expert Input: 1,100 working days

MS Project Leader:
Franz Patschka

Department of International Cooperation of Agrarmarkt Austria
Contact: franz.patschka@ama.gv.at

Michaela Pichler

Department of International Cooperation of Agrarmarkt Austria
Contact: michaela.pichler@ama.gv.at

Overall project objective:
To increase the contribution of the agriculture and rural development sector to economic development and growth in Kosovo.  

Project purpose:
To help strengthen administrative structures within the MAFRD and civil society organisations; to formulate and implement the national agriculture and rural development programme in conformity with EU principles and standards.

Component I “Mid-term evaluation of the current ARDP 2007-2013 and preparation the ARDP 2014-2020”
• Mid-term evaluation of ARDP 2007-2013 is available
• National Strategy 2014-2020 is available
• Draft ARDP 2014-2020 is available
• Priority measure fiches, guidelines, manuals and procedures are prepared (including agro-environmental measures) for implementation of the ARDP 2014-2020;
• Legal texts are aligned to the EU acquis regarding ARDP implementation
• Recommendations on the IT needs for establishing the monitoring & evaluation system are issued;

Component II “Strengthen the capability of socio-economic partners (civil society organisations, local action groups, agricultural producer organisations and other stakeholders) for dialogue with MAFRD in programming and implementing the ARDP 2014-2020”
• Broad understanding of EU CAP achieved among socio-economic partners
• Knowledge on ARDP has been increased as regards opportunities and rules for receiving financial assistance
• A series of information material is available for dissemination
• Socio-economic partners are provided with an enhanced capability for dialogue with the MAFRD in respect of programming and implementation of the ARDP 2014-2020
• Dialogue (national and regional partnership meetings) between MAFRD and socio-economic partners is established and participatory work approach applied in the programming process
• Socio-economic partners are trained

Component III “Further strengthening of ARDP implementing structures (Managing Authority, Paying Unit, Advisory Service, Monitoring Committee)”
• The ARDP implementing structures at MAFRD implement the rural development grant programme in accordance with EU standards and requirements;
• Number of staff of ARDP implementing institutions at MAFRD are trained on programming and implementing the RDP
• Participants of Monitoring Committee are trained
• Participation of civil society in Monitoring Committee meetings is strengthened

Component IV “Preparation of a framework for an Agricultural Information System (AIS) based on existing data and registers ”
• Basis for AIS operation, based on the existing farm register, market information system and trade statistics, is laid
• Knowledge on data updating and entering regularly into the system is given
• Quality checks on the available data are carried out
• Basis for relevant institutional relationships is laid
• Regular exchange of information and data between MAFRD, SOK, KVFA and Customs is defined
• Number of staff is trained in the methodologies for data handling
• Study visit to MS is carried out
• Basis for a comparison of national agricultural statistics with EU statistics is laid
• Staff is deeply involved in the whole development process in order to guarantee sustainability and ownership
• Principles of Quality Management (e.g. ISO, TQM) are established

Component V “Development of a comprehensive IT strategy (IT Master plan) for MAFRD incl. PU”
• Comprehensive IT strategy (IT Master plan) for MAFRD incl. PU is available, technically discussed and communicated to the management
• A budget plan and time table for implementation is proposed, discussed and communicated to the management