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Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development

The European Commission's Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development is based in Brussels under the authority of Commissioner Dacian CIOLOŞ.

With a staff of about 1000 and led by Director-General Jerzy Bogdan PLEWA, it is responsible for the implementation of agriculture and rural development policy, the latter being managed in conjunction with the other DGs which deal with structural policies.

It is made up of 11 Directorates dealing with all aspects of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) including farm support, market measures, rural development policy, quality policy, financial and legal matters, analysis and evaluation as well as international relations relating to agriculture.

Mission statement

The mission of the Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development is to promote the sustainable development of Europe's agriculture and to ensure the well-being of its rural areas.

The mission will be achieved through:

  • Promoting a robust and competitive agricultural sector which respects high environmental and production standards, ensuring at the same time a fair standard of living for the agricultural community;
  • Contributing to sustainable development of rural areas, in particular through helping the agricultural sector to adapt to new challenges, protecting the environment and the countryside, especially in view of climate change, and improving the quality of life in rural areas, whilst ensuring growth and jobs in the countryside;
  • Promoting the European agricultural sector in world trade.

The Directorate-General commits itself to achieving high standards in implementing its objectives and policies, and will in particular:

  • Implement policy in an effective manner, in line with Treaty and international obligations and the need to simplify legislation;
  • Contribute to other Community policies, in the fields of cohesion, competitiveness, employment, research, environment, food safety and external policies (enlargement, trade and development);
  • Manage the Community Budget in accordance with high standards of financial management, ensuring value for money, legality and regularity of transactions as well as transparency.

Read our Management Plan for 2014 pdf - 2 MB [2 MB]


Who's who? Who does what?

Look it up in our Directory pdf - 315 KB [315 KB] (also available as chart pdf - 158 KB [158 KB] ).

Grants for information measures

The European Commission co-finances information measures relating to the common agricultural policy.

For more details, go to "Information measures relating to the common agricultural policy" български (bg)czech (cs)dansk (da)Deutsch (de)eesti (et)ελληνικά (el)español (es)Français (fr)Gaeilge (ga)hrvatski (bg)italiano (it)latviešu (lv)lietuvių (lt)magyar (hu)Malti (mt)Nederlands (nl)polski (pl)português (pt)română (ro)slovenčina (sk)slovenščina (sl)suomi (fi)svenska (sv).

Calls for tender

The Agriculture and Rural Development Directorate-General concludes public procurement contracts for the provision of services following calls for tenders.

For further information please consult the "Calls for tender" chapter on this website.

Selection procedures

The Directorate-General Agriculture and Rural Development organises selection procedures for temporary agents as necessary.

You will find further information on the page "Selection procedures for temporary agents".

Visit us!

Visit programmes including talks given by specialist speakers are provided for a wide range of groups, from students and general interest groups to farmers and farming organisations. They are free of charge.

For further information, contact us via e-mail.

NB: If you are interested in information conferences which cover not only agriculture but more than one other policy area or aspect of the work at the European Commission, please contact the European Commission's vsits service български (bg)czech (cs)dansk (da)Deutsch (de)eesti (et)ελληνικά (el)español (es)Français (fr)Gaeilge (ga)hrvatski (bg)italiano (it)latviešu (lv)lietuvių (lt)magyar (hu)Malti (mt)Nederlands (nl)polski (pl)português (pt)română (ro)slovenčina (sk)slovenščina (sl)suomi (fi)svenska (sv).


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