The updated document includes the proposals of a dedicated ENRD Practitioner-led Working Group. For additional information, see also LEADER/CLLD Cooperation factsheets and ‘landscape’, overviewing relevant rules and procedures in national and regional RDPs.
The report highlights that while Rural Development policy is well suited to address young farmers’ needs, a better definition of objectives and application of selection criteria are needed to prioritise the best projects. It concludes on a set of recommendations for making the aid effective.
Apply to the new EU-China Young Farmers Programme and get an opportunity to go on a study tour in China to learn about and exchange on modern practices in agriculture and rural development. The application deadline is 10 September 2017.
The exchange programme, jointly organised by the EU and the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture, will send European young farmers on two-week study visits to China (November 2017 and June 2018) and welcome their Chinese counterparts to EU Member States.
The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) “should continue to be managed at the EU level and […] helping farmers and protecting the environment should be its two main goals,” according to findings of the public consultation on the CAP. Read the full press release.
The results of the consultation were announced during the ‘CAP: Have your say’ conference (7 July 2017 – Brussels, Belgium), also highlighting the need for a simpler and less bureaucratic policy. Respondents identified clear aims for the future CAP such as ensuring a fair standard of living for farmers, effectively addressing climate change, as well as economic, social and territorial cohesion across the EU.
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The 8th NRNs’ Meeting (26-28 June 2017 – Jyväskylä Region, Finland) discussed new networking tools and methods to support the implementation of the Cork 2.0 Declaration in Rural Development Programme (RDP) delivery.
The meeting used a methodology called ‘Innovation Camp’ to develop new ideas on the themes of innovation, communications, simplification, and ‘rural proofing’ to take forward the work of the rural networks.
The ideas generated included: fostering and celebrating innovation with an EU-wide Innovation Day; developing rural apps through an interactive game for children; creating a specific Network Support Unit for young people; making certain that NRNs ‘steal’ good ideas from one another; actively taking ‘rural proofing’ across the networks; and putting simplification into action.
The team-work and format of the 'Innovation Camp' were also highly appreciated by the participants!
A new edition of the EAFRD Projects Brochure on ‘Supporting Rural Business’ is now available online. It showcases examples of Rural Development Programme (RDP) projects that either support individual rural businesses or aim to create the kind of enabling environment that allows businesses to prosper in rural areas.
The projects highlight inspiring examples of how to provide advice, training and networking opportunities to rural businesses as well as targeted investment in the digital and physical infrastructure needed by rural business, both on-farm and in other rural sectors of activity.
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The Horizon 2020 project Inno4AgriFood has developed a free e-learning course for agri-food small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and consultants, providing training in online collaboration for innovation.
The course is intended to support SMEs in expanding their businesses by enabling them to find a broad range of suitable innovation partners, providing useful information and services related to agri-food trends, state-of-the-art technologies and practical solutions.
The tool provides agricultural, import, producer, and consumer prices and shows to what extent price increases and decreases are transmitted from one stage of the supply chain to the next, what impact they have and how quickly. The tool is available in 23 EU languages.
The European Investment Project Portal (EIPP) now accepts smaller projects (minimum € 1 million). This aims to boost the visibility of projects led by municipalities, regions and start-ups to a large network of international investors.
Get inspired by agriculture and rural development projects already on the platform.
Find out more about investment opportunities in rural areas and how these can be strategically combined with support from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development – read Chapter 5 of EU Rural Review 21.
A recent event co-organised by Euromontana and the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy discussed a place-based and territorial integrated approach for the future EU Cohesion policy and how this policy should address the specificities of mountain areas.
The event considered developing “an agenda for mountainous regions” that could be “at the heart of an EU strategy on the development of mountainous regions”. Find out more about the event and read the full press release.