Revitalising the countryside and its rural communities
· Boosting the number of farmers across Europe by making the profession more attractive to young people. Young farmers under 40 will be eligible for 25% extra income support during their first five years in the sector.
· Stimulating employment and entrepreneurship by supporting rural business in expanding beyond food production into food processing or rural tourism, for example.
· Ensuring income support is better targeted to stimulate growth and employment. Only ‘active’ farmers will benefit from payments. Those working in less favoured areas qualify for extra funding, as do small farmers whose aid will be simplified.