The Rural Development Programme (RDP) 2014-2020 is one of the most important growth promoting tools of the country. It is based on a vision for integrated development and sustainable competitiveness of rural areas and it aims to enhance the competitiveness of the agri-food sector, promote the multifunctional role of rural areas and protect the environment.
The strategy for the rural development during the programming period 2014-2020 ensures the continuity of operations implemented during the previous programming period and constitutes a starting point for new innovative operations in rural areas and the rural economy.
It is structured around three interdependent and complementary key objectives:
- Creating a strong, competitive and viable agri-food system
- Promoting sustainability of the agri-food system and rural areas
- Creating viable and multifunctional rural areas
These objectives are mainly achieved by:
- Strengthening competitiveness and agri-food system productivity by enhancing the added value of agricultural products.
- Developing human resources and strengthening the entrepreneurial culture.
- Protecting and managing natural resources and biodiversity, as well as the mitigation and adaptation to climate change.
- Providing basic services and improving the quality of life in the countryside.
- Fostering social cohesion in rural areas and the rural diversification.
On the implementation side, some new elements are introduced such as the delegation of certain measures to the Regions and the territorial and/or sectorial specialization.
The contribution of the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development to the RDP 2014 - 2020 amounts to approximately €4,7 billion corresponding to around €6 billion of public expenditure.
The allocation of the EAFRD resources to the major strategic choices of the RDP 2014-2020 is shown in the following diagram: