The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is one of the most important areas of action of the European Union institutions. Rural development, as the second pillar of the CAP, is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD).
Objectives of the programme: fostering competitiveness of agriculture, ensuring sustainable management of natural resources and climate change and achieving balanced territorial development of rural areas, including creation and preservation of jobs.
Total allocation for the Rural Development Program of the Republic of Croatia for the 2014-2020 period amounts to EUR 2.383 billion, of which EUR 2.026 billion will be financed from the EAFRD and the rest from the national budget of the Republic of Croatia.
|Distribution of EU funds by priority axis|
|Priority axis||ESI funds allocation (EUR)|
|Promoting of knowledge and innovation in agriculture, forestry and rural areas||Funds for achieving the objectives under Priority 1 are allocated within Priorities 2-6|
|Increasing farm sustainability and the competitiveness of all types of agricultural activities in all regions, promotion of innovative agricultural technologies, as well as sustainable forest management||674.486.800,39|
|Promoting food chain organisation, including processing and marketing of agricultural products, animal welfare and risk management in agriculture||230.087.799,14|
|Restoration, preservation and improvement of ecosystems related to agriculture and forestry||532.027.110,93|
|Promoting resource efficiency and the shift towards a low carbon economy in the agricultural, food and forestry sector||125.957.189,34|
|Promoting of social inclusion, poverty reduction and economic development of rural areas||408.629.038,15|
The Programme has defined 16 measures whose goals are increasing the competitiveness of Croatian agriculture, forestry and food processing industry, as well as improving the living and working conditions in rural areas in general.
Detailed information on the roles of individual bodies, as well as their names, are listed in the: Uredbi o tijelima u sustavu upravljanja i kontrole korištenja Europskog poljoprivrednog fonda za ruralni razvoj (OG 129/14).