Implementation of programmes
EU countries implement national and regional rural development programmes (RDPs), which are co-financed by the European fund for rural development (EAFRD) and national budgets.
The EAFRD budget for the 2014-20 programming period amounted to roughly €100 billion. Under the CAP transitional regulation (adopted on 23 December 2020), RDPs have been conditionally extended for 2021 and 2022. During these years, RDPs will be provided with €26.9 billion from the EAFRD budget for 2021-27 and an extra €8.1 billion from the next generation EU recovery instrument. Due to this extension, many of the projects and schemes included in RDPs will continue to run until the end of 2025.
From 2023 onwards, all new rural development actions will be incorporated into national CAP strategic plans. Each national plan will be built around key social, environmental and economic objectives for EU agriculture, forestry, and rural areas.
As of 1 February 2020, the United Kingdom is no longer a member of the European Union. Upon its withdrawal, the UK entered into a transition period, which ended on 31 December 2020. The rural development programmes for the ongoing programming period 2014-20 will continue to operate in the UK until their closure (around 2023).