Legislation & Guidelines

This section outlines the multiple layers of legislation which have an impact on rural development policy and more specifically on the definition and implementation of the 2014-2020 RDPs.

The implementation of EU rural development policy in 2014-2020 is regulated by a number of legislative acts which include the framework provided by the common strategic approach for the European Structural and Investment Funds (see more information here) as well as that of the reformed Common Agricultural Policy (CAP: looking ahead). In addition to the basic regulations adopted by the European Parliament and the Council, the European Commission is empowered to adopt implementing acts and delegated acts to regulate more detailed aspects of the policy (see more information here). Finally the European Commission (in close consultation with Member States) will produce a number of technical documents in order to provide guidance to Member States and regions involved in programming and implementation of several issues related to the policy.

Click on the buttons below to get direct access to legislative acts relevant for rural development policy in the 2014-2020 period and a number of ENRD resources and available guidance documents from the EU and the Member States.

 

EU Regulations for 2014-2020

The section provides links to the legal texts which are relevant for the EAFRD and the implementation of RDPs in 2014-2020.

  • Regulation (EU) Nº 1303/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council laying down common provisions on the European Regional Development Fund, the European Social Fund, The Cohesion Fund, The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund covered by the Common Strategic Framework and laying down general provisions on the European Regional Funds, the European Social Fund and the Cohesion Fund repealing Regulation (EC) Nº 1083/2006 [PDFen]. The ‘Common Provisions’ Regulation provides for a shared set of basic rules applying to all structural instruments including the EAFRD.
  • Regulation (EU) Nº 1305/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council on support for rural development by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) [PDFen]. This is the basic act that sets out the specific rules relating to the EAFRD for rural development programming.
  • Regulation (EU) Nº 1306/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the financing, management and monitoring of the common agricultural policy [PDFen] The so-called CAP Horizontal Regulation provides the financial management rules for the two CAP funds, the European Agricultural Guarantee Fund (EAGF) which finances market measures and direct payments, and the EAFRD which finances support to rural development. It brings together the rules on cross compliance, farm advisory systems and monitoring and evaluation of the CAP
  • Regulation (EU) Nº 1310/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council laying down certain transitional provisions on support for rural development by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) [PDFen]. This regulation defines transitional rules in order to bridge the gap between two multi-annual programming periods.

 

Delegated acts and implementing acts

  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 809/2014 of 17 July 2014 laying down rules for the application of Regulation (EU) No 1306/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council with regard to the integrated administration and control system, rural development measures and cross compliance [PDFen]
  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 808/2014 of 17 July 2014 laying down rules for the application of Regulation (EU) No 1305/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council on support for rural development by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) [PDFen]
  • Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) No 807/2014 of 11 March 2014 supplementing Regulation (EU) No 1305/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council on support for rural development by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) and introducing transitional provisions. [PDFen]
  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 834/2014 of 22 July 2014 laying down rules for the application of the common monitoring and evaluation framework of the common agricultural policy. [PDFen]
  • Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) No 640/2014 of 11 March 2014 supplementing Regulation (EU) No 1306/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council with regard to the integrated administration and control system and conditions for refusal or withdrawal of payments and administrative penalties applicable to direct payments, rural development support and cross compliance [PDFen]

Resources and guidance documents

Links to relevant ENRD work and available guidance documents from the EU and the Member States that support preparation and implementation of RDPs and measures.

  • Under the Common Provisions Regulation, the ESI funds will be able to support financial instruments (FI) in order to address specific situations which do not give rise to sufficient funding from market sources. The following documents were developed in order to assist the Managing Authorities that intend to set up and implement FI under the respective programmes during the 2014-2020 programming period, including Rural Development Programmes:
    • Financial instruments in ESIF programmes 2014-2020 [PDF] provides a short reference guide on main legislative changes in relation to FI
    • Ex-ante assessment methodology for FI in the 2014-2020 programming period:
      • General methodology covering all thematic objectives - Volume I [PDF]
      • Enhancing the competitiveness of SME, including agriculture, microcredit and fisheries (Thematic objective 3) - Volume III [PDF]
  • Mainstreaming climate change into rural development policy post 2013 - Final report of the DG CLIMA project aiming to support the mainstreaming of climate change into 2014-2020 RDPs. The report provides technical guidance to Managing Authorities on the design and integration of new and innovative climate operations.
  • ENRD Workshop on: Quality Design of Environmental and Climate Measures for 2014-2020 RDPs organised by the ENRD as a part of the preparatory activities for the new programming period 2014-2020. The outcomes provide insight on the effective assessment of need and definition of priorities; the selection of measures, design and implementation; and the effective delivery of environmental services.
  • OSCAR study - Optimal Strategies for Climate change Action in Rural areas
  • Information on European Innovation Partnership “Agricultural Productivity and Sustainability” and Guidance document for the implementation of the EIP in rural development programmes (draft July 2013) [PDFen], DG Agriculture and Rural Development.
  • ENRD Focus Group on “Knowledge Transfer and Innovation”: reports and annexes illustrating the findings of the first and second working phases. The executive summaries of each of the reports provide helpful synopsis.
    • Phase 1 Report of the Focus Group on Knowledge Transfer & Innovation [PDFen] and summary of the report [PDFen].
      • Annex 1 – Collection of examples supporting KT&I [PDFen]
      • Annex 2 – Background Paper [PDFen]
    • Phase 2 Reports and Annexes:
      • Phase 2 Report on successful innovation brokerage [PDFen] with Annex “Study Material & Information” [PDFen], and Summary of the report [PDFen]
      • Phase 2 Report on EIP Operational Groups [PDFen] and Summary of the report

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  • The ENRD “Youth thematic initiative” has been looking at ways to improve RDP support to youth-related projects.
  • Coordination Committee Workshop on Financial Instruments was organised to help raise awareness amongst rural development stakeholders about the opportunities and considerations involved in creating and utilising financial instruments in rural development programmes during the next programming period (2014-2020).
  • Rural Review 13: Rural development financial instruments: New opportunities to tackle the economic crisis (October 2012) [PDFen] presents opportunities, experience and challenges for the implementation of EU Rural Development Policy.
  • Rural Review 15: Delivering Environmental Services using Rural Development Policy (April 2013)

    [PDFen] is exploring how Rural Development Policy is supporting provision of environmental services in EU rural areas and provide a practical tool-box for those responsible for the design and implementation of the next generation of RDPs.
  • Environmental services provides link to the thematic page of Focus Group on Delivery of Environmental Services which identified aspects critical to the delivery of environmental services and offered a set of recommendations for the design and implementation of the future generation of Rural Development Programmes (2014-2020). Executive summary of the FG report [PDFenfrdeitespl]
  • Meeting of the Expert Group on Delegated and Implementing Acts for the European Structural and Investments Funds: Delegated act (version 1) [PDFen] and Implementing act (version 1) [PDFen] on Management and control system
  • Meeting of the Expert Group on Delegated and Implementing Acts for the European Structural and Investments Funds: Delegated act (version 2) [PDFen] and Implementing act (version 2) [PDFen] on Financial Instruments
  • Meeting of the Expert Group on Delegated and Implementing Acts for the European Structural and Investments Funds: Categorisation system and climate change tracking under cohesion policy [PDFen]

    (* this fiche covers elements relevant for cohesion policy only. The elements relevant for the EAFRD and EMFF shall be subject to discussion at a later stage)

For specific resources and guidance on CLLD/LEADER click here

For specific resources and guidance on RDPs Monitoring and Evaluation click here

For specific resources and guidance on Rural development networks click here