A new Initiative facilitating access to funding for young farmers was recently launched by Commissioner Hogan and Andrew McDowell, Vice-President of the European Investment Bank (EIB) aiming to support the generational renewal of EU farming.
A €1 billion loans package stays in the heart of the joint ‘Young Farmers initiative' bringing together existing EAFRD support (grants and financial instruments) and the financial means and expertise of the EIB. In addition, fi-compass advisory products will be available to Managing Authorities to support its implementation for agriculture and the bioeconomy.
The European Commission has launched a public consultation on the framework of State Aid rules for agriculture, forestry and rural areas. Fill in the online questionnaire by 19 July 2019!
The consultation aims at collecting, from all stakeholders concerned, information and views on both the performance of the current rules and the possible design of the future rules. The outcome will contribute to the evaluation and impact assessment in preparation for the future State aid framework for 2021-2027.
The recently published OECD Principles on Urban and Rural Policy underline the critical role of place-based policies in helping national governments deliver high quality of life and well-being to people across the three dimensions of sustainable development (economic, social and environmental).
The principles are key tools for countries to use for designing, implementing and monitoring these policies in order to build better futures for regions, cities and rural areas.
Browse through more outcomes of the Fourth Ministerial Meeting of the Regional Development Policy Committee.
The Polish Rural Network has recently published an interactive map of the 324 Local Action Groups (LAGs) covering the territory of Poland.
The map is divided into 16 regions (voivodships) and cross-referenced with the LAG Database 2014-2020, presenting contact details, geographical area and population, municipalities covered and the European Structural Investment (ESI) funds used by each LAG.
The EU Directive on unfair trading practices in the food supply chain entered into force on 30 April 2019, aiming to protect farmers and small food producers against falling victim to such practices in business-to-business relationships.
The Directive, which establishes a layer of minimum protection that will apply in all EU Member States, also provides for enhanced enforcement, coordination among authorities facilitated by the European Commission and evaluation of the policy. Member States will have to transpose the Directive into national law by April 2021 and apply it 6 months later.
Discover the latest that provide orientations for an enabling policy framework to support Smart Villages, exploring opportunities under the current programming period and looking forward to the post-2020 Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).
The documents are targeted mainly at national and regional policy-makers and implementers to help them put in place both rural and regional policies which enable rural communities to respond to the challenges they face. These four orientations focus on the following:
The documents are the outcome of the work of .
A recent – that took place in Brussels, on 21 May 2019 - sought to address a pressing issue for many EU Member States facing population decline in rural areas.
The event explored how Rural Development Programmes (RDPs) and other EU policies can respond to the challenge of countering unwanted demographic trends. Participants had the opportunity to learn from national and local initiatives, sharing lessons on how to address depopulation and identify opportunities.
The 3rd meeting of the Thematic Group (TG) on 'Mainstreming the Bioeconomy' (Brussels, 15 May 2019) discussed awareness raising and knowledge transfer approaches that effectively reach rural stakeholders and increase their capacity to benefit from bioeconomy.
The meeting was also the occasion to discuss the results of the analytic work of the Thematic Group, in particular the draft recommendations on the use of RDP measures and other EU funded instruments to promote sustainable rural bioeconomy value chains. The final document will be launched at the ENRD Bioeconomy Seminar on 3 July.
The European Industrial Hemp Association is announcing a call for proposals on an Europe-wide survey “Status hemp 2018” on cultivation figures, raw materials and applications.
The aim is to record 80-90% of hemp cultivation areas and their raw material flows in Europe in the year 2018. The data can come from individual companies or entire countries.
Deadline for submissions: 31 May 2019