Rural Development in Estonia 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 Estonia;

Browse through the Estonian 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

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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 Estonian NSU

Põllumajandusuuringute Keskus. Maaelu võrgustikutöö osakond (Estonian Rural Network Unit)
Jäneda, Tapa vald
73602 Lääne-Virumaa
Telephone: +37 2 384 9700


Contact Person:

Helene Kõiv (General, Weekly e-newsletter/translations):
Ave Bremse LEADER/CLLD and International. General):
Reve Lambur (Farming, local food, environment):
Konstantin Mihhejev (Innovation/EIP):
Meeri Maastik (NRN self-assessment/ evaluation, communication):
Hanna Tamsalu (AKIS - Agricultural Knowledge and Innovation Systems):
Erik Lööper (Video/Audio Works):

Managing Authority

Maaeluministeerium (Ministry of Rural Affairs)
Lai tn 39/41
15056 Tallinn
Telephone: +37 2 625 6101


Paying Agency

Põllumajanduse Registrite ja Informatsiooni Amet (Estonian Agricultural Registers and Information Board)
Tähe 4
Tartu 51010
Telephone: +37 2 737 1200