Rural development priorities

Member States or regions may decide which measures to be applied in order to reach targets set against six broad common EU priorities, and build their RDP's based upon at least four of these priorities. RDP priorities and areas of intervention provide the basis for rolling out EAFRD support to EU rural areas. They are also used to set quantified RDP targets that are agreed by the Commission and each RDP managing authority. Importantly, ‘fostering innovation’; ‘contributing to climate change mitigation and adaptation’; and ‘caring for the environment’ are considered to be cross cutting objectives for the EAFRD support. This means that even though these cross-cutting themes may have particularly strong links to certain RDP priorities, all of them must be adequately addressed in every aspect of the 2014-2020 RDPs.

To see more information on the 2014-2020 rural development priorities click on the links below:

  1. Fostering knowledge transfer in agriculture, forestry and rural areas
  2. Enhancing the competitiveness of all types of agriculture and enhancing farm viability
  3. Promoting food chain organisation and risk management in agriculture
  4. Restoring, preserving and enhancing ecosystems dependent on agriculture and forestry
  5. Promoting resource efficiency and supporting the shift toward a low-carbon and climate-resilient economy in agriculture, food and forestry sectors
  6. Promoting social inclusion, poverty reduction and economic development in rural areas