RDP implementation

Improving the quality of EU Rural Development Programmes (RDPs) is an essential element of the ENRD’s mission. This section of the Gateway provides a number of resources to support future RDP implementation. It includes regular updates of ENRD analytical work focused on understanding how the policy has worked in practice, identifying what has worked well and what can be improved, and providing insights to inform decision making in Member States and at the European level.

The page hosts relevant ENRD resources including summaries of implementation lessons learnt during 2007-2013, insights on EAFRD funded projects’ life cycle and ‘success stories’ of RDP implementation.

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Lessons from 2007-2013

Links to ENRD work and summary documents relevant to RDP implementation.

  • Find summary information on the implementation of the most important measures in terms of budgets and spending in the following infographics: Axis 1, Axis 2, Axis 3, Axis 4.
  • The Seminar on improving the delivery of RDPs was organised based on the outcomes of the ENRD’s Thematic Working Group 4 “Delivery Mechanisms of EU Rural Development Policy” which identified what works well in terms of RDP delivery and what could be improved in the future.
  • The Thematic Working Group on Delivery Mechanisms reviewed the experience of Rural Development Programmes implementation in the EU with the aim to identify those aspects which are operating well, those which may require improvement and what concrete improvements might be made. Final report - Summary and conclusions [PDF ]
  • Environmental services provides link to the thematic page of Focus Group on Delivery of Environmental Services which identified aspects critical to the delivery of environmental services and offered a set of recommendations for the design and implementation of the future generation of Rural Development Programmes (2014-2020). Executive summary [PDF enfrdeitespl]
  • Rural Review 15: Delivering Environmental Services using Rural Development Policy (April 2013)
    [PDF en] is exploring how Rural Development Policy is supporting provision of environmental services in EU rural areas. It has been conceived as a practical ‘tool box’ for those who are responsible for the design and future implementation of the next generation of Rural Development Programmes (2014 —2020).
  • CC Workshop on “Quality Design of Environmental and Climate Measures for 2014-2020 RDPs” organised by the ENRD as a part of the preparatory activities for the new programming period 2014-2020. The presentations and outcomes of the workshop inform on effective assessments of needs and definition of priorities; selection of measures, design and implementation; effective delivery of environmental services.
  • Thematic Working Group on Typologies and Targeting contributes to the accurate definition of rural areas in the EU which is crucial for EU rural development policy design and ensuring complementarity with the other EU funds aimed at developing rural areas.
  • Thematic Working Group on Agriculture and the wider economy analysed links between agriculture and wider rural economy with the aim identify and describe potential synergies and/or conflicts between agriculture and the rural economy in different EU rural areas.
  • Public Goods and Public Intervention section represents the results and finding of the relevant thematic working group, exploring the potential of rural development policy to contribute to the provision of public goods in rural areas through agriculture including farmland biodiversity and natural resources such as water and soils.
  • The ENRD “Youth thematic initiative” has been looking at ways to improve RDP support to youth-related projects.

Current practices across the EU 27

A series of informative fiches aiming to present, in summary, examples of practices and approaches as well as detailed project descriptions that EU Member States and Regions have put in place and implemented within their Rural Development Programmes. These examples want to contribute to the understanding of what has worked well and less well in the delivery of the 2007-2013 RDPs and as far as possible, draw lessons in the view of future improvement of the programmes.

Examples of rural development programme delivery

  • The Global Farming Contract model in Catalonia, Spain [PDF en]
  • Consultation process for the preparation of the national strategic plan and RDP in Austria [PDF en]
  • The integrated supply-chain projects in Emilia-Romagna region, Italy [PDF en]
  • Strategic approach and programme design in Denmark [PDF en]
  • Definition and implementation of a communication strategy in France [PDF en]
  • Improving application procedures in Poland [PDF en]
  • Using smart information technology to better target Slovakia’s agri-environment schemes, Slovakia
    [PDF en]
  • A two-track approach to implement measure 124 in Tuscany, Italy [PDF en]
  • Joint implementation of measures 111 and 114 through the “Catalogo Verde” in Emilia-Romagna, Italy [PDF en]
  • Thorney Farmland Bird Friendly Zone: joined up delivery of agri-environment, the United Kingdom (England) [PDF en]
  • “Practical Networks” support knowledge development and disseminate business development and other relevant practices, the Netherlands [PDF en]
  • The Latvian Credit Fund under the 2007-2013 Rural Development Programme, Latvia [PDF en]
  • Working Circles (Arbeitskreise) for collective ad-visory service and training of agricultural pro-ducers in Austria [PDF en]
  • Implementation of National Projects in Finland [PDF en]
  • The Cooperation Technical Assistance Network in France [PDF en]
  • Integrated Territorial Interventions (ITI) in Portugal mainland [PDF en]

Examples of implemented EAFRD projects

  • Relocation and Modernisation of a Honey Making Company in Attica, Greece [PDF en]
  • Innovating Agriculture: “Fresh and ready to eat” produce in Umbria, Italy [PDF en]
  • Innovative approach to nature tourism in Spain: Creation of a mobile bird watching, Spain [PDF en]
  • Strengthening an association for providing machinery services to farmers in mountain areas, Italy
    [PDF en]
  • Composting Plant adds value to waste products in Spain [PDF en]
  • Cheviot Futures, United kingdom [PDF en]
  • Creating a productive mixed forest on abandoned agricultural land, Latvia [PDF en]
  • A young farmer diversifies into rural tourism activities in Bulgaria [PDF en]
  • Promoting Village Tourism in Finland [PDF en]
  • The Lerbäck theatre barn – conversion of an old barn into a theatre in Sweden [PDF en]
  • Renovating the ‘Lesík’ Cultural and So-cial Centre in Slovakia [PDF en]
  • Biomass Trade Centre Waldstein ‘Biomassehof Waldstein’ in Austria [PDF en]
  • ‘Fio Dourado’ - A Commitment to High Quality Olive Oil, Portugal [PDF en]
  • A New Quark Cheese Product with Probiotic Culture, Czech Republic [PDF en]

Preparations for 2014-2020

Outcomes of on-going ENRD work and resources from Member States to guide and support the implementation of RDPs in 2014-2020.

  • The first ENRD seminar of the new 2014-2020 programming period on “Successful implementation of RDPs” was organised on 29 January 2014 in Brussels. The seminar stimulated a discussion on successful delivery of the future 2014-2020 RDPs and included specialised workshops on key RDP priorities for the programming period.
  • The results of ENRD Focus Group that explored how Knowledge Transfer and Innovation priority can be promoted under the 2014-2020 Rural Development Programmes are presented in the following documents:
    • Phase I Report [PDF en] and Executive summary [PDF en] illustrate the findings of the first working phase (July- to -December 2012). In addition, there are two separate annexes:
      • Annex 1 – Collection of examples supporting Knowledge Transfer & Innovation [PDF en];
      • Annex 2 – Background paper [PDF en].
    • Phase II Reports summarise the findings of the second working phase (February to June 2013):
      • Report on Innovation Brokerage [PDF en] and Annex 2 on Study Material and Information on Actors Supporting Innovation [PDF en]
      • Report on EIP Operational Groups [PDF en]
  • The main purpose of the common guidance of the European Commission’s Directorates-General AGRI, EMPL, MARE and REGIO on Community-Led Local Development (CLLD) in European Structural and Investment Funds [PDF en] (29 Apr 2013) is to help the authorities in the Member States create the conditions for effective use of CLLD in their Partnership Agreements and to design it into their respective programmes.
  • The workshop on Financing for LEADER/CLLD: Opportunities and relevant practices was organised on 12 November 2013 as part of the ENRD activities supporting the preparation of the 2014-2020 programming period. The workshop outlined specific funding challenges of LEADER/CLLD and identified effective funding mechanisms for LEADER/CLLD and how these can be integrated into the relevant policy delivery mechanisms.