Seminars and Conferences
Brussels, Belgium - 9 December 2011
The new 2014-2020 programming period will be with us before we know it! To help to kick-off detailed preparations in Member States and regions, the ENRD held a seminar on ‘Improving the delivery of Rural Development Programmes’ in Brussels on the 9th of December 2011.
The seminar was informed by the outcomes of the ENRD’s Thematic Working Group 4,”Delivery Mechanisms of EU Rural Development Policy” which has identified what works well in terms of RDP delivery and what could be improved in the future.
The majority of the seminar was comprised of workshop discussions focusing on the future programming period. Namely, how to:
- Improve the design of programmes (stronger strategic orientation, better targeting, and coordination with other policies).
- Make the implementation of programmes more efficient and to enhance coordination between implementing bodies.
- Facilitate access to funding for potential beneficiaries.
Outcomes of the Thematic Working Group 4 "Delivery mechanisms of the EU Rural Development Policy":
- Final report of the Thematic Working Group 4 [PDF ]
- Summary and Conclusions of the TWG4 final report [PDF ]
Other related documentation:
Study on administrative burden reduction associated with the implementation of certain Rural Development measures (July 2011):
Integral text and annexes available on DG AGRI's website: https://ec.europa.eu/agriculture/analysis/external/rd-simplification/index_en.htm
Communication and information strategy towards potential beneficiaries as part of the application process - an example from France, M. Longhi (Ministry of Agriculture, Food, Fisheries, Rural Affairs and Regional Planning, France) [PDF
OUTCOMES OF THE SEMINAR
Representatives from Member States administrations and rural development organisations were engaged in the exchange of experiences and practices on how to improve the implementation of the EU Rural Development policy in the post 2013 scenario. The discussions undertaken in the three parallel workshops highlighted that:
- Rural development programmes need to be based on strong strategic approaches which balance the expectations and the priorities at the EU level (Europe 2020) on one hand, and the local needs on the other.
- Solid strategic frameworks should indicate how to achieve clearly defined policy goals and promote the exploitation of synergies among policy tools.
- The future Partnership Contracts (PCs) are expected to work towards this direction but further information on how this new element of the policy framework is intended to work is required.
- Wide, participatory consultation and enhanced use of evaluation results are among the key factors to ensure the definition of stronger, more coherent strategies and programmes.
- Programmes’ management and day-to-day delivery would benefit from better coordination among implementing bodies. It is necessary therefore to establish a common understanding of the policy’s objectives between all the organisations involved and improve communication.
- A more integrated approach for programmes management is needed for the future and can rely on a number of practical solutions encouraging not only integration by theme (i.e. measures) but also of competences.
- Reaching beneficiaries and tailoring the policy support to their needs requires the diversity of potential applicants and socio and institutional environments to be acknowledged. Accordingly different options and solutions should be envisaged.
- Efforts should continue to reduce the administrative burdens (both for administrative bodies and beneficiaries) attached to the application process. ICT-based management tools, harmonisation of procedures, ‘one-stop-shops’ models should be considered.
- A more favourable financial environment should be created especially for promoters of small-size projects in the form –for example- of lump sum imputed costs and advance payments. Proportionality should be the guiding principle.
- National Rural Networks can and should play a more substantive role in facilitating communication and exchanges between implementing bodies and stakeholders; communicating towards beneficiaries and, in general, promoting the exchange of good delivery practices.