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The European Union remains committed to the development and modernization of agriculture and rural areas from EaP and WB. With the Rural Development component of the Instrument for pre-accession, Macedonia is assisted through a particular instrument called IPARD.

On other hands, a similar instrument, ENPARD, is aiming to support rural development and agriculture in Moldova. However, many common challenges remain unsolved, such as proven mechanisms that tackle rural development in an integrated and participatory manner.

LAGs, which are constituted at EU level to address some of the mentioned challenges (some of them exist in Macedonia and there aren’t any LAGs in Moldova), face the problems of LAGs in the aspect of the network component of social capital, trust and financial sustainability.