"For Balkan Med region the agro food sector has an important social and economic role–especially in rural communities-and is emerging as a central element for the region’s development. Despite the diversity of production systems and the different degrees of obstacles,Balkan Med territories are facing common challenges that limit the development of the agro food sector and weaken especially the small producers. Most constraints are common in rural Balkan Med areas, such as lack of innovation and productivity, quality and food safety, difficulties in promoting typical products, access to funding and the structure of the value chain at a regional level. On top, agricultural policies implemented by Balkan Med countries in recent decades have led to their increasing dependence on imports and to their total exposure to volatile international markets.AgroLabs project aims to foster the production and distribution of innovative agro food products of the Balkan Med area by organising local value chains, supporting producers in their development projects and creating new markets for their products.

    About project

    AgroFood Innovation Clusters

    Acronym: AGROLABS

    Priority axis: Enterpreneurship and Innovation

    Specific Objective: Innovative territories

    Call:1st Call for Project Proposals

    Budget: 956.303,00 €


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    INTERREG Balkan-Mediterranean 2014-2020

    “INTERREG Balkan-Mediterranean 2014-2020” is a new cooperation Programme, deriving from both the strong will of the “BalkanMed” participating countries to promote cooperation in the area and the split of the “South East Europe 2007-2013". The Programme brings together five (5) countries, three (3) EU member states (Bulgaria, Cyprus and Greece) and two (2) candidate countries, Albania and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. It is the first time ever that the European cooperation addresses the Balkan Peninsula and the Eastern Mediterranean Sea together, in a joint effort across maritime and terrestrial borders, to contribute to the “EU 2020” strategy, for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth".
    The BalkanMed Programme is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) with 28.330.108,00 Euros. The total support from the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA) fund accounts for 5.126.138,00 Euros. Therefore, the total budget of the Programme, including national contribution, is 39.727.654,00 Euros. BalkanMed is focused on addressing two key challenges: territorial competitiveness and environment. Accordingly, the Programme is built upon the following two Priority Axes: - Priority Axis 1: “Entrepreneurship & Innovation” - Priority Axis 2: “Environment”
    Project co-funded by the European Union and 
    National funds of the participating countries
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