A recent ENRD conference looked into the main drivers and barriers behind the design of the 2014-2020 national and regional Rural Development Programmes (RDPs), as well as into opportunities for their implementation to address local needs and contribute to EU priorities as best as possible.
Collaboration between actors at European, national and regional levels was highlighted as a key driver of the programming process. Delays in legislation and guidance, and excessive rules and procedures – and varying interpretations of these – were seen as the main barriers.
With the completion of the programming stage, RDP implementation could now be enhanced through simplification of procedures, for example via increased application of Simplified Cost Options (SCOs) and flexibility in programme modification.
Capacity building and collaboration among Managing Authorities, Paying Agencies and auditors will be further pursued with the active support of European and National Rural Networks. This will include exchange of good practices, in fields such as cooperation, Financial Instruments, risk management and multi-funding.