A public consultation by the European Commission aims to gather information and feedback from stakeholders and the wider public in relation to the impact of the CAP on biodiversity, soil and water. An online questionnaire is available until 22 October 2020.
The consultation contributes to an upcoming Commission staff working document on the evaluation of the impact of the CAP with respect to natural resources, complementing previous studies and the ongoing evaluation on the impact of the CAP on soil.
The Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission is launching an online survey to better understand the resilience, constraints and responses of operators in the agri-food chain in order to contribute with the relevant evidence to the EU policy making.
The survey targets companies and businesses (including small enterprises and farmers) active in the production, distribution, processing, wholesale or retail stages of the agri-food supply chain.
The aim is to investigate the resilience, constraints and responses of operators to COVID-19, all along the chain.
The survey should take about 25 minutes and is open until 30 September 2020.
Renew Europe organised the high level webinar 'A vision for rural Europe' on 7 July 2020. Dacian Cioloș, President of Renew Europe group, together with Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, Werner Hoyer, President of the European Investment Bank, and Iratxe García Pérez, President of the S&D Group in the European Parliament, shared their vision for harnessing the potential of rural areas.
The main messages revolved around the need to capture the diversity of rural Europe in the Long Term Vision and the need to start the process now, linking it to current EU policies such as the CAP Strategic Plans, Cohesion Policy and the Recovery Plan.
Find out more and watch the recordings here.
The new edition of the Rural Connections magazine is now available in 6 languages!
This issue includes a 'Focus on...' good practices collection and dissemination and a number of articles on - among others - populism in rural areas, agro-ecology, networking, Results Based Payment Schemes, and (fictional) rural crimes. The publication is now available in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Polish.
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Gudul is amongst the 50 pioneer Local Action Groups in Turkey to start in July 2020 implementing their local strategies according to LEADER approach to rural development. The EU financed IPARD programme will provide €16,2 million to the first 50 Turkish Local Action Groups (LAGs) for implementation of their local development strategies. These funds will finance the running costs of the LAGs, animation and capacity building as well as small projects in the area of local products, rural diversification, short value chains for agricultural products, rural tourism, environment, village space, social, cultural organisations and networking. The projects are designed and implemented by the Local Action Groups. In the future more Local Action Groups are planned in Turkey.
Find out more here.
Download Working Package 1: Assessment of RDP effects on achieving balanced territorial development of rural eonomies and communities:
- Topic 1 - Percentage/share of rural population benefiting from new or improved services/infrastructures (2014-2020)
- Topic 2 - Jobs creation in rural areas (2014-2020)
- Topic 3 - Reporting on net contributions of socio-economic impact indicators
- Topic 4 - Quantification of LEADER/CLLD contributions and measuring their secondary effects
To support the agri-food sector in the recovery of the COVID-19 crisis, the European Commission launched two calls for proposals for promotion programmes. These calls complement the exceptional market-specific support measures recently adopted by the Commission.
Fruit and vegetables, wine, live plants, milk and milk products, and potatoes for transformation are the sectors eligible for the promotion support of €10 million (€5 million for multi programmes and €5 million for simple programmes). These calls target the sectors most hit by the crisis. The promotion programmes will have to be implemented in the EU or any third country, and for a duration of one year.
The deadline is 27 August 2020.
The European Commission has adopted extra steps build upon a series of measures already taken to support agri-food sectors affected by the coronavirus crisis.
Janusz Wojciechowski, European Commissioner for agriculture, stated that “the outbreak of the coronavirus is having an unparalleled effect on our society and economy. Our farmers and every actor of the EU food supply chain are working hard to keep feeding Europe, despite the difficulties they face. The European Commission will continue to support farmers and food producers, collaborate with EU member states, and take whatever measures are necessary to ensure the health and well-being of the people of Europe.” Find out more here.
The highlights report of the ENRD Thematic Lab on ‘Maintaining and widening stakeholder engagement’ (4 June 2020) has been published on the event page.
This online event explored the role of LEADER and LEADER Local Action Groups (LAGs) in maintaining and widening stakeholder engagement in their local areas to develop short- and long-term responses to address local challenges now and for the future. It was also the opportunity to discuss LAGs' responses to the COVID-19 crisis.
The initiatives discussed during the event point to a valuable lesson for the future: the need to build resilience, responsiveness and flexibility into the design of LEADER under the CAP Strategic Plans.