Rural Development policy 2007-2013
The essential rules governing rural development policy for the period 2007 to 2013, as well as the policy measures available to Member States and regions, are set out in Council Regulation (EC) No. 1698/2005.
Rural Development policy 2000-2006
Alongside the market measures and the elements of a competitive European agriculture, the varied needs of the rural world must also be recognised, together with the expectations of today’s society and environmental requirements. The new rural development policy, now the “second pillar” of the Common Agricultural Policy, meets these needs. As an essential part of the European agricultural model, it aims to put in place a consistent and lasting framework for guaranteeing the future of rural areas and promoting the maintenance and creation of employment.
Notice: For Rural Development measures under Sapard (Special accession programme for agriculture and rural development) please visit our "Enlargement" website.