The European Evaluation Helpdesk for Rural Development is pleased to announce that you can now find evaluations conducted in the Member States in the evaluation eLibrary!
Working Package 1: Preparing the ex-ante evaluation in a nutshell is available now!
This Working Package includes:
- Indicative roadmap for the ex-ante evaluation and Strategic Environmental Assessment of the CAP Strategic Plan.
- Indicative outline of terms of reference for the ex-ante evaluation of the CAP Strategic Plan.
- Indicative outline of terms of reference for the Strategic Environmental Assessment of the CAP Strategic Plan.
- Stakeholder mapping checklist.
De Laarhoeve (NL) processes agricultural 'waste' from local farmers to turn it into new delicious products to be sold by the farmers themselves. In Alvesta (SE), 12 farmers got together to set up a biogas unit that processes manure and community waste into biofuel. Two bioeconomy success stories made possible thanks to the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development!
Both videos are available with subtitles in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Polish on the ENRD Youtube channel.
Three new briefings on bioeconomy offer an overview of policy and tools supporting the bioeconomy in rural areas, provide recommendations on the use of RDPs and future Strategic Plans, and explore the role of awareness-raising and communications in mainstreaming the bioeconomy.
The briefings target European, national and regional/local policy-makers and combine theoretical knowledge with practical examples. They focus on the following topics:
- European rural bioeconomy: policy and tools
- Recommendations on the use of RDPs to mainstream the bioeconomy
- Exploring the role of awareness‑raising and communication in promoting the development of sustainable bioeconomy value chains
The briefings are the result of the analytical work carried out by the ENRD Thematic Group on 'Mainstreaming the Bioeconomy'.
A recent fi-compass publication describes a technical assistance initiative to support rural infrastructure and Smart Villages development, aiming to better inform EAFRD managing authorities about the use of financial instruments.
The use of innovative financial instruments and their efficient combination with EAFRD or EIB financing could boost investment levels in rural Europe, ensuring the sustainability of rural infrastructure financing in the medium to long-term. This responds to local needs by involving local partnerships such as LAGs and could help the development of the Smart Villages concept across the whole EU.
The initiative is promoted by the European Commission Directorate General for Agriculture and Rural Development (DG AGRI) in collaboration with the European Investment Bank (EIB).
This year’s EU Digital Day enabled EU Member States to pool resources to accelerate digital developments in agriculture and rural areas, among others.
25 EU Member States signed the declaration on ‘a smart and sustainable digital future for European agriculture and rural areas’, recognising the potential of digital technologies to tackle urgent economic, social, climate and environmental challenges facing the EU's agri-food sector and rural areas.
The platform brings together rural actors and universities, research centres, tech companies and local authorities, to connect and collaborate for the development of rural territories. The development of this innovative platform is closely linked to the concept of Smart Villages, contributing to improving the quality of life in rural areas.
An external study published by the European Commission analysed the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, coherence and EU-added value of the climate action of certain key CAP measures.
The study shows that thanks to CAP support, the agricultural sector has made efforts over time to adapt its practices, while being able to preserve the European family farm model and its diversity and prevent potentially damaging land abandonment in rural areas. The study makes the case for a stronger common agricultural policy for climate action.
A recent ENRD workshop – that took place in Brussels, on 20 June 2019 – highlighted practical examples of using Simplified Cost Options (SCOs) to simplify and improve implementation of Rural Development Programmes (RDPs).
Representatives from 20 EU Member States and the European Commission, shared knowledge and experience on how SCOs can be developed and introduced in RDPs. Participants also discussed the main stages of a 'roadmap' for introducing an SCO – from recognising and mapping the relevant needs through developing calculation methodologies, consultations, and testing to its successful application.
Find more information and guidance on Simplified Cost Options (SCOs) in our ENRD Publications Library.