Rural Development in Austria is managed nationally through one Rural Development Programme (RDP), funded under the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) and national contributions. The RDP sets out priority approaches and actions to meet the needs of the specific geographical area it covers.

Explore EAFRD-supported projects in Austria;

Browse through the Austrian Local Action Groups (LAGs).

Rural development funding through the EAFRD is part of a broader framework of European Structural and Investment Funds (ESI Funds), including also Regional Development, Social, Cohesion, and Fisheries Funds. These are managed nationally, by each EU Member State, on the basis of Partnership Agreements, strategic plans outlining the country’s goals and investment priorities.

Country Information

RDP documents

See ENRD summaries of all national and regional RDPs. Find out more about RDP implementation and the broader Rural Development policy framework.

Partnership Agreement documents

See ENRD summaries of all 28 Partnership Agreements.

National Rural Network

NRNs operate in each EU Member State to support and enhance rural development objectives, enable and facilitate exchange and learning between all the partners involved in policy implementation.

The operation of each NRN is supported by a Network Support Unit (NSU) tasked with coordinating thematic and analytic work, facilitating networking and exchange, and communicating the work and voices of the network.

Contact the Austrian NSU

ARGE Vernetzungsstelle LE 14-20
Dresdner Straße 68a
1200 Vienna
Telephone: +43 1 332 133 814


Georg Keuschnigg (General):
Kerstin Malin (General):
Luis Fidlschuster (LEADER/CLLD):
Gertraud Leimüller  (Innovation/EIP):
Michael Fischer (NRN self-assessment/evaluation):
DI Johannes Fankhauser (Agriculture, forestry & value chain):
Michael Proschek-Hauptmann (Environment, nature conservation, climate):
Hanspeter Gratzl (Office management):

Managing Authority

Bundesministerium für Land- und Forstwirtschaft, Umwelt und Wasserwirtschaft (Austrian Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management)
Abt. II/2, Rural Development and Fisheries Fund Coordination
Stubenring 1
1010 Vienna
Telephone: +43 1 711000


Paying Agency

Agrarmarkt Austria
Dresdner Straße 70
1200 Vienna
Telephone: +43 50 31510