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1 European Commission - Directorate General for Agriculture EU rural development policy

2 European Commission - Directorate General for Agriculture 2 Two legislative text proposals: n Proposal for a Council Regulation on the financing of the CAP => creates a new financing framework for the CAP n Proposal for a Council Regulation on support for Rural Development from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) => the new rural development regulation

3 European Commission - Directorate General for Agriculture 3 The new 1258 establishes two new funds: n The European Agricultural Fund for Guarantee => EAFG n The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development => EAFRD

4 European Commission - Directorate General for Agriculture 4 Single financing framework for the CAP: n Legal basis for the financing of all measures, actions and programmes within the scope of the CAP n Common and specific rules for the two new Funds n Includes the rules on budget discipline

5 European Commission - Directorate General for Agriculture 5 Rural Development Policy : n One single rural development fund n One single programming system n One single set of financial rules n One single control system Make it simple For all rural areas in the EU

6 European Commission - Directorate General for Agriculture 6 CURRENT 5 types of programming Guarantee Guarantee Objective 2 Guarantee new MS Guidance Objective 1 Guidance LEADER+ 3 financial management and control systems Guarantee Guarantee new MS Guidance Single funding, programming, financial management and control framework for RD Simplification

7 European Commission - Directorate General for Agriculture 7 Policy focus on 3 main objectives: n Improving the competitiveness of the agricultural sector through support for restructuring n Enhancing the environment and the countryside through support for land management n Enhancing the quality of life in rural areas and promoting diversification of economic activities

8 European Commission - Directorate General for Agriculture 8 Four priority axes to implement the objectives: n Competitiveness of the farm and forestry sector n Environment/land management n Wider rural development on and off farm n LEADER approach

9 European Commission - Directorate General for Agriculture 9 Programming steps 1) EU strategy document setting out the EU priorities for the three policy axes 2) National strategy plans translating the EU priorities to the member state situation and ensuring complementarity with Cohesion policy 3) National or regional rural development programmes articulating the four axes

10 European Commission - Directorate General for Agriculture 10 Programme balance n Competitiveness objective: total programme funding at least 15% n Environment/land management: 25% n Quality of life and diversification: 15% n Implementation of the LEADER approach: 7%

11 European Commission - Directorate General for Agriculture 11 Reporting based on a common framework for monitoring and evaluation n Annual progress reports at programme level n National summary reports on progress in implementation of the national strategy n Annual Commission summary report to the Council and the EP on the progress in implementation of the EU strategy and priorities

12 European Commission - Directorate General for Agriculture 12 Financial management and control: Similar to the Structural Funds: n Differentiated appropriations, automatic decommitment (n+2) n Managing Authority and Monitoring Committee Using Guarantee bodies and procedures: n A Paying Agency and a Certifying Body n Annual financial clearance of accounts and conformity clearance decisions

13 European Commission - Directorate General for Agriculture 13 Funding origin for the EAFRD Guarantee (56 billion EUR): EU-15 + EU-10 unchanged at 2006 level Bulgaria + Romania phased in Guidance (33 billion EUR): Transfer from Cohesion heading, including statistical phasing-out Convergence regions Bulgaria + Romania (EU-10 average) Leader+ Modulation (7 billion EUR): Transfer 1 st to 2 nd pillar Total funding : 96 billion EUR (2004 prices)

14 European Commission - Directorate General for Agriculture 14 Financial resources

15 European Commission - Directorate General for Agriculture 15 Community cofinancing rates: n At the level of the axis as share of total eligible public expenditure n For axis 1 and 3 a maximum cofinancing rate of 50% (75% in Convergence regions) n For axis 2 and 4 a maximum cofinancing rate of 55% (80% in Convergence regions) n 5 percentage points additional for the outermost regions and small Aegean islands n Minimum cofinancing rate of 20% per axis

16 European Commission - Directorate General for Agriculture 16 Conclusion n Single and simpler coherent framework for rural development n Focus on commonly agreed EU priorities, n while leaving sufficient programming flexibility for the MS n Increased accountability at EU, national and regional level for results obtained


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