ELARD and a SAFEA delegation met in Brussels, and they presently invited the European Commission.
This high-level meeting, that involved the participation of DG AGRI representatives and members of the Cabinet of the European Commission Vice-President for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness, was held wit a view to ratify some collaboration agreements mentionned in the Memorandum of Understanding.
ELARD’s President, Maria João Botelho, outlined the next steps of the cooperation between ELARD and SAFEA, pointing out different phases of a progressive work schedule for the implementation of the LEADER approach, in the framework of the Rural Revitalization Strategy in China. The first pilot phase is meant to be launched in 2019. Based on these learnings, the constitution of Local Action Groups will be extended to 100 chinese provinces, involving european LAGs in order to capacitate and to support them with a view to 2021.