Agriculture and rural development




With the Rural Development component of the Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance - IPA, candidate countries will be assisted through a particular instrument called IPARD - Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance in Rural Development.

The objective of IPARD is two-fold:

  1. to provide assistance for the implementation of the acquis concerning the Common Agricultural Policy
  2. to contribute to the sustainable adaptation of the agricultural sector and rural areas in the candidate country.


These objectives are to be met by implementation of 9 different measures under 3 priority axes:


Axis 1 - Improving Market Efficiency and Implementing Community Standards


  1. Investments in agricultural holdings to restructure and upgrade to the EU standards
  2. Investments in processing and marketing of agriculture and fishery products to restructure and upgrade to the EU standards
  3. Supporting the setting up of producer groups


Axis 2 - Preparatory actions for implementation of the agri-environmental measures and Leader


  1. Preparation for implementation of actions relating to environment and the countryside
  2. Preparation and implementation of local rural development strategies


Axis 3 - Development of the Rural Economy


  1. Improvement and development of rural infrastructure
  2. Development and diversification of rural economic activities
  3. Training
  4. Technical assistance