About this consultation

Consultation period
22 January 2018 - 20 April 2018
Agriculture and rural development

Target group

All citizens and organisations are welcome to contribute to this consultation. In particular, contributions from the following rural development programmes beneficiaries are sought for:

  • farmers
  • processors
  • retailers
  • wholesalers
  • individual citizens of rural areas
  • national public authorities
  • regional public authorities
  • business organisations (including associations, chambers of commerce, etc.)
  • non-governmental and civil society organisations
  • other public institutions

Objective of the consultation

The European Union (EU) rural development programmes (RDPs) benefit from substantial amounts of EU funding and are subject to regular evaluations in order to improve their performance and ensure the best possible use of public financing.

The results of this consultation will be used by the European Commission for drawing the evaluation conclusions which on their side will feed into the preparation of the common agricultural policy for the post-2020 period. 

How to submit your response

You can contribute to this public consultation by filling in the online questionnaire. When filling in the questionnaire you will be able to pause at any time and continue later. Once you have submitted your answers, you can download a copy of your responses. If you are unable to use the online questionnaire, please contact us using the email address below.

Contributions may be submitted in any official EU language.

All contributions will be published on the website of the European Commission, subject to data protection rules and the restrictions applicable to organisations.

In the interest of transparency, the Commission asks organisations that wish to submit comments in the context of public consultations to provide the Commission and the public at large with information about whom and what they represent by registering in the Transparency Register and subscribing to its Code of Conduct. If an organisation decides not to provide this information, it is the Commission's stated policy to list the contribution as part of the individual contributions (Consultation Standards, see COM (2002) 704 , and Communication on ETI Follow-up, see COM (2007) 127 of 21/03/2007 ).

If you are a registered organisation, please indicate your Register ID number in the Transparency Register when replying to the online questionnaire. Your contribution will then be considered as representative of the views of your organisation.

If your organisation is not registered, you have the opportunity to register now. Then you can return to this page and submit your contribution as a registered organisation.

The questionnaire will be available until 20 April 2018.

View the questionnaire