„Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, and sorry I could not travel both and be one traveler, long I stood and looked down one as far as I could to where it bent in the undergrowth;Then took the other, as just as fair, and having perhaps the better claim, because it was grassy and wanted wear; Though as for that the passing there had worn them really about the same, and both that morning equally lay In leaves no step had trodden black. Oh, I kept the first for another day! Yet knowing how way leads on to way, I doubted if I should ever come back. I shall be telling this with a sigh somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I, I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.“
These were the verses that on June 6, 2019 in Strumica announced the opening of the two-day International Conference on Balanced Regional Development in the South-Еeast region. These two days made all the difference for the present guests on the Conference, organized by the Centre for development of the South-East planning region.
Over 20 speakers from the country and abroad, through presentations, panel and plenary discussions, shared practices and good experiences from eight priority areas: youth and education, infrastructure, small and medium enterprises, environment, information and communication technologies, civil society organizations and tourism. The topics that were covered at the International Conference were followed with great interest and active participation by around 150 participants from the country and abroad.
Among present guests and participants were all the Mayors from the ten Municipalities of SEPR, representatives from municipal administrations, communal enterprises, business sector, academic sector, students, civil society organizations from the country and abroad and other guests.
The conference achieved the goal by using this event as an example of the potential of the South-East region in encouraging the balanced regional development. The two-day International Conference organized by the Centre for development of the South-East planning region, contributed towards an international cooperation and networking of key stakeholders from the region, the country and abroad and thus increased regional development.
This Conference is organized within the framework of the project "Sustainable and Inclusive Balanced Regional Development", which is financially supported by the Ministry of Local Self-Government and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.
Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA) is part of the package for external relations. IPA and other elements of the package are a great opportunity for streamlining and simplifying the procedures of the European Commission and improving the coherence and coordination of the activities of the Commission.