The opening conference of the project “Improvement of the administrative capacity and the development of Sremska Mitrovica establishment of the Agency for Rural Development” was held in Sremska Mitrovica on 1 February 2013. The Provincial Secretariat for Interregional Cooperation and Local Government has financed the project that was created in partnership with the Regional Development Agency Srem. The opening statement of the conference gave the mayor of the city of Sremska Mitrovica, Mr Branislav Nedimović. He emphasized the importance of the establishment of the Agency in terms of its role in the treatment of specific local problems and development in rural and community as a whole. The importance of special projects was specially emphasized, not only in agriculture, but also in the fields of infrastructure, tourism and the use of European and national funds that would ensure the sustainability of the Agency.According to the statement of director of the Regional Development Agency Srem, Mr Milan Miric, the establishment of the agency will mean the effective management and strengthening of the administration of Sremska Mitrovica that would greatly contribute to the sustainable development. Set of activities would include equipping the agency, development of a business plan and a set of services of the agency, defining the systems for monitoring and evaluation and in particular the adoption of the Rural Development Strategy of Sremska Mitrovica, which would be one of the priorities of the Agency.
Chief of the City Administration for Agriculture, Vladimir Nastović, stressed the importance of the establishment of the Agency as a precondition for the initiation and implementation of development projects and partnerships in these municipalities.
Sanja Stupar, project manager in RDA Srem, presented the project, with particular reference to the role of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management in the implementation of measures to support the national rural development programs.