Croatian Rural Development Network - HMRR (Hrvatska Mreža za Ruralni Razvoj) was set up in 2006. Its members are 11 civil society organizations active in rural development, and 8 LAGs. It has focused on good European practice and the LEADER approach. Because the government has not yet implemented the LEADER part of the IPARD programme, HMRR has a leading role in helping LAGs to set themselves up and to prepare local development strategies. It is represented on the National Council for Rural Development, the IPARD Monitoring Committee and the Managing Board of the National Network for Rural Development. HMRR values its membership in PREPARE and ELARD. PREPARE supported our creation in 2006. We became a PREPARE partner in 2009. With the Slovenian Rural Development Network, we organised an inspiring PREPARE Gathering in 2009. PREPARE has helped us to achieve better relations between state administration and civil society: however, huge steps are still needed to reach the level of modern and efficient democracy. PREPARE and ELARD help us to enable young practitioners to learn from experienced LAGs in the EU and to apply the knowledge in rural communities.