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REPORT FROM THE COMMISSION TO THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND THE COUNCIL 6th FINANCIAL REPORT FROM THE COMMISSION TO THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND THE COUNCIL on the EUROPEAN AGRICULTURAL FUND FOR RURAL DEVELOPMENT (EAFRD) 2012 FINANCIAL YEAR /* COM/2013/0695 final */


TABLE OF CONTENTS

1........... Budget procedure........................................................................................................... 3

1.1........ Draft Budget (DB) 2012................................................................................................. 3

1.2........ The adoption of the 2012 Budget.................................................................................... 3

1.3........ The adoption of the Amending Budget............................................................................. 4

2........... Management of appropriations........................................................................................ 4

2.1........ Management of Commitment appropriations.................................................................... 4

2.1.1..... EAFRD operational programmes.................................................................................... 4

2.1.2..... Technical assistance........................................................................................................ 5

2.2........ Management of payment appropriations.......................................................................... 5

2.2.1..... EAFRD operational programmes.................................................................................... 5

2.2.2..... Technical assistance........................................................................................................ 6

3........... Implementation of the 2012 EAFRD budget.................................................................... 6

3.1........ Introduction.................................................................................................................... 6

3.2........ Implementation of commitment appropriations................................................................. 6

3.2.1..... EAFRD operational programmes.................................................................................... 6

3.2.2..... Technical assistance........................................................................................................ 7

3.3........ Implementation of payment appropriations....................................................................... 8

3.3.1..... EAFRD operational programmes.................................................................................... 8

3.3.2..... Technical assistance...................................................................................................... 12

3.4........ Analysis of expenditure declared by axis and by measure............................................... 12

3.5........ Implementation of EAFRD programmes........................................................................ 14

REPORT FROM THE COMMISSION TO THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND THE COUNCIL

6th FINANCIAL REPORT FROM THE COMMISSION TO THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND THE COUNCIL on the EUROPEAN AGRICULTURAL FUND FOR RURAL DEVELOPMENT (EAFRD) 2012 FINANCIAL YEAR

1.           Budget procedure

1.1.        Draft Budget 2012

The 2012 Draft Budget was adopted by the Commission and proposed to the Budgetary Authority on 20 April 2011.

The Draft Budget for the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) under heading 2 of the Financial Framework 2007-2013 totalled EUR 14 612 million in commitment appropriations and EUR 12 658 million in payment appropriations.

Table 1

Budget Item || Commitment appropriations (in €) || Payment appropriations (in €)

05.040501 (Rural dev. programmes) || 14 589 123 242 || 12 650 000 000

05.040502 (Technical assistance) || 22 521 200 || 7 910 000

The Council adopted its position on the 2012 Draft Budget on 25 July 2011. Payment appropriations were reduced by EUR 140 million for EAFRD programmes and by EUR 3 million for technical assistance as compared to the Commission's Draft Budget while commitments remained unchanged. The European Parliament adopted its position on 26 October 2011 whereby it restored the Commission's proposal by increasing the total amount of payment appropriations by EUR 143 million. The Conciliation procedure resulted in an agreement between the two institutions.

1.2.        The adoption of the 2012 Budget

The Draft Budget was approved by the Parliament in a vote on 19 November 2011. The voted budget for the EAFRD in chapter 05 04 amounted to EUR 14 612 million in commitment appropriations and EUR 12 002 million in payment appropriations.

Table 2

Budget Item || Commitment appropriations (in €) || Payment appropriations (in €)

05.040501 (Rural dev. programmes) || 14 589 123 242 || 11 994 891 297

05.040502 (Technical assistance) || 22 521 200 || 7 500 363

1.3.        The adoption of the Amending Budget

In October 2012 the Commission adopted the Draft Amending Budget No 6 to the 2012 budget due to a clearly identified lack of available payment appropriations. Therefore additional funding of EUR 1 041 million was requested for rural development programmes. The budgetary authority approved the Amending Budget No. 6 on 12 December 2012 for the total amount requested for EAFRD 2007-2013 programmes. As a result, the total amount of payment appropriations approved by the budget authority for 2012 was EUR 13 043 million.

2.           Management of appropriations

2.1.        Management of Commitment appropriations

2.1.1.     EAFRD operational programmes

In 2012 the available commitment appropriations for EAFRD programmes amounted in total to EUR 14 589 million. This amount was entirely committed during the year.

Table 3

Management of commitment appropriations in 2012 – EAFRD || Budget Item 05.040501 (amounts in €)

Appropriations at the beginning of 2012 || 14 589 123 242

Carryover from 2011 || -

Appropriations available in 2012 || 14 589 123 242

Appropriations used in 2012 || 14 589 123 242

2.1.2.     Technical assistance

Article 69(2) of Council regulation (EC) No 1698/2005 stipulates that 0.25% of the resources for Community support to rural development shall be devoted to technical assistance for the Commission. In the 2012 budget, the initial amount available for this purpose was EUR 22.5 million. Of this, EUR 13 million were redeployed to other items of the budget. At the end of 2012, the total amount committed was EUR 8.4 million.

2.2.        Management of payment appropriations

2.2.1.     EAFRD operational programmes

In 2012 the payment appropriations of the voted budget amounted to EUR 11 995 million. In addition, EUR 30.5 million in relation to recoveries were automatically carried over from 2011 and EUR 50.2 million of assigned revenue (recoveries) were collected . The last declaration of expenditure submitted by Member States in November 2012 confirmed an additional need of EUR 1 041 million in payment appropriations . This amount was made available with the Amending Budget No.6.

The total amount paid to Member States for EAFRD programmes in 2012 reached EUR 13 117 million, thus ensuring the full consumption of the payment credits available in the year.

Table 4

Management of payment appropriations in 2012 – EAFRD || Budget Item 05.040501 (amounts in €)

Appropriations at the beginning of 2012 || 11 994 891 297

Carryover from 2011 || 30 544 548

Amending budget No. 6 || 1 041 000 000

Recoveries (assigned revenue) || 50 156 378

Appropriations available in 2012 || 13 116 592 223

Appropriations used in 2012 || 13 116 592 223

2.2.2.     Technical assistance

In the 2012 budget, the amount of payment appropriations was EUR 7.5 million. At the end of the year, the total amount of payments was EUR 5.1 million, leaving EUR 2.4 million unused. The unused funds mainly relate to the network facility of the European Innovation Partnership, which is being implemented in 2013.

3.           Implementation of the 2012 EAFRD budget

3.1.        Introduction

Financial year 2012 represented a consolidation period for all rural development programmes though there is a substantial variability as regards the implementation levels of programmes. For some of them the implementation difficulties remanined apparently because of the continued impact of the economic and financial crisis. Nonetheless, it has to be noted that 2012 has shown the highest execution so far for the rural development programmes in this programming period.

3.2.        Implementation of commitment appropriations

3.2.1.     EAFRD operational programmes

Table 5 shows the amounts committed per Member State in 2012 and the allocation established by Commission decision 2006/636/EC (modification of April 2010 still in force in 2012).

In 2012, the commitment appropriations available for EAFRD programmes, EUR 14 589 million, coincide with the annual allocation as there was no carryover from the previous year. All the available appropriations were committed (EUR 14 589 million).

Table 5

Commission Decision 2006/636/EC (version in force) vs. the amounts committed end of 2012:

Budget item: 05.040501 || || (in €)

MS || Commission Decision 2006/636/EC – EU funds 2012 || Amounts carried over for commitment in 2012 || Amounts committed in the budget year 2012

|| (a) || (b) || (c=a+b)

AT || 545 968 629 || - || 545 968 629

BE || 75 495 480 || - || 75 495 480

BG || 397 696 922 || - || 397 696 922

CY || 21 783 947 || - || 21 783 947

CZ || 412 672 094 || - || 412 672 094

DE || 1 398 361 509 || - || 1 398 361 509

DK || 98 797 618 || - || 98 797 618

EE || 108 913 401 || - || 108 913 401

ES || 1 255 978 191 || - || 1 255 978 191

FI || 294 408 238 || - || 294 408 238

FR || 1 223 917 557 || - || 1 223 917 557

GR || 669 030 398 || - || 669 030 398

HU || 563 304 619 || - || 563 304 619

IE || 352 271 063 || - || 352 271 063

IT || 1 422 949 382 || - || 1 422 949 382

LT || 250 278 098 || - || 250 278 098

LU || 13 281 368 || - || 13 281 368

LV || 150 188 774 || - || 150 188 774

MT || 10 459 190 || - || 10 459 190

NL || 96 082 449 || - || 96 082 449

PL || 1 857 244 519 || - || 1 857 244 519

PT || 586 692 105 || - || 586 692 105

RO || 1 359 146 997 || - || 1 359 146 997

SE || 277 860 755 || - || 277 860 755

SI || 118 858 866 || - || 118 858 866

SK || 275 025 447 || - || 275 025 447

UK || 752 455 626 || - || 752 455 626

Total || 14 589 123 242 || - || 14 589 123 242

3.2.2.     Technical assistance

Table 6 shows the commitment appropriations for technical assistance consumed in 2012. The most important part relates to European Network for Rural Development.

Table 6

Technical assistance – Implementation of commitment appropriations

Budget Item: 05.040502 ||  (in €)

Description ||  Amount committed

Contact point of the European Network for rural Development (ENRD) || 3 653 202

Expert groups / Coordination committee / Seminars (ENRD) || 733 091

Information technology || 484 256

Studies, evaluations and controls || 336 912

European innovation partnership (EIP) || 2 500 000

Experts committee on the evaluation of rural development programmes || 200 000

Publications || 448 990

Total || 8 356 451

3.3.        Implementation of payment appropriations

3.3.1.     EAFRD operational programmes

All the payments appropriations made available in the voted and in the amending budget 2012, increased with a carryover and assigned revenue from recoveries by respectively EUR 30.5 million and EUR 50.2 million, were used. Therefore at the end of 2012, the total amount paid for EAFRD programmes was EUR 13 117 million. Payments made in 2012 increased more than 11% compared to 2011.

The table below shows the breakdown of payments made in 2012 by declaration period :

Table 7

Payments 2012 – EAFRD operational programmes million €

Reimbursement of payment claims Q2 2011 || 0.24

Reimbursement of payment claims Q3 2011 || 21.27

Reimbursement of payment claims Q4 2011 || 4 791.64

Reimbursement of payment claims Q1 2012 || 2 678.68

Reimbursement of payment claims Q2 2012 || 2 290.40

Reimbursement of payment claims Q3 2012 || 3 334.37

Total 2012 || 13 116.59

The reimbursement of 3rd quarter 2012 for 85 EAFRD programmes was totally or partially on hold at the end of the year mainly due to lack of available payment appropriations for 2012 (84 programmes), while in one case the outstanding commitment appropriations for the programme were already fully exhausted by the payment of previous claims. These payments had to wait until the annual commitments for 2013 were made. The total amount of the delayed reimbursements was EUR 102 770 720.

The monthly consumption of payment appropriations during the year (January to December 2012) is represented in the graph below. The rhythm of consumption is linked to the calendar for sending the four payment declarations (31 January, 30 April, 31 July and 10 November for the payment claims corresponding respectively to Q4 2011, Q1 2012, Q2 2012 and Q3 2012) in accordance to article 16(2) of Regulation (EC) No 883/2006.

The graph shows that the usual rhythm of monthly payments was influenced by the lack of cash available to make effective payments. It imposed a delay on some reimbursements in the first part of 2012 (January to April) and at the end of the year.

Graph 1

The breakdown per Member State and per declaration period of the amounts paid by the Commission in budget year 2012 is shown in table 8. The amounts in columns Q2 2011 and Q3 2011 relate to the EAFRD programmes that exhausted their commitment appropriations for 2011 and had to wait until 2012 to have their amounts reimbursed with the 2012 commitment appropriations.

Table 8

Payments effectively made between 01/01/2012 and 31/12/2012 per declaration of expenditure || || (in €)

MS || Q2 2011 || Q3 2011 || Q4 2011 || Q1 2012 || Q2 2012 || Q3 2012 || Grand Total

AT || || || 339 835 564 || 139 697 338 || 31 933 696 || 24 465 055 || 535 931 653

BE || 238 128 || 14 772 928 || 11 497 842 || 12 178 694 || 26 270 648 || 3 539 841 || 68 498 081

BG || || || 210 676 032 || 15 967 518 || 31 326 369 || 48 822 491 || 306 792 409

CY || || || 5 200 274 || 7 073 565 || 4 091 052 || 3 492 786 || 19 857 677

CZ || || || 133 105 261 || 171 801 664 || 72 562 804 || 41 516 606 || 418 986 335

DE || || 1 870 550 || 556 278 613 || 202 150 446 || 111 758 291 || 438 968 630 || 1 311 026 530

DK || || || 21 975 476 || 13 263 700 || 11 468 475 || 15 933 448 || 62 641 099

EE || || || 24 066 138 || 63 537 223 || 21 450 274 || 20 189 518 || 129 243 153

ES || || || 317 102 417 || 176 116 735 || 174 349 826 || 153 550 836 || 821 119 814

FI || || || 80 176 727 || 19 803 782 || 21 646 087 || 180 696 236 || 302 322 832

FR || || || 380 108 903 || 133 274 883 || 95 288 904 || 324 499 156 || 933 171 846

GR || || || 31 953 736 || 33 894 975 || 90 847 036 || 174 118 800 || 330 814 548

HU || || || 120 237 858 || 155 121 913 || 85 933 968 || 80 089 047 || 441 382 786

IE || || 3 625 235 || 120 969 428 || 47 070 974 || 30 903 725 || 123 113 611 || 325 682 973

IT || || || 637 934 482 || 175 523 320 || 207 667 437 || 286 707 609 || 1 307 832 848

LT || || || 93 784 089 || 42 016 806 || 45 213 902 || 54 252 517 || 235 267 314

LU || || 1 000 617 || 3 086 330 || 4 951 958 || 779 461 || 544 375 || 10 362 740

LV || || || 68 803 133 || 61 997 513 || 36 064 210 || 46 363 800 || 213 228 656

MT || || || 3 334 714 || 1 793 606 || 2 072 027 || 1 742 217 || 8 942 564

NL || || || 28 774 676 || 15 583 856 || 31 663 289 || 26 269 263 || 102 291 084

PL || || || 534 909 344 || 594 250 418 || 465 694 607 || 432 184 275 || 2 027 038 643

PT || || || 194 440 253 || 83 985 605 || 160 262 095 || 240 591 316 || 679 279 269

RO || || || 461 201 200 || 203 648 532 || 214 138 413 || 222 931 759 || 1 101 919 904

SE || || || 75 751 485 || 42 729 762 || 31 580 078 || 143 133 180 || 293 194 504

SI || || || 37 311 422 || 25 154 920 || 43 676 243 || 15 923 162 || 122 065 747

SK || || || 110 295 335 || 30 906 538 || 74 518 791 || 57 222 411 || 272 943 075

UK || || || 188 825 347 || 205 179 330 || 167 239 518 || 173 509 942 || 734 754 138

Total || 238 128 || 21 269 330 || 4 791 636 079 || 2 678 675 574 || 2 290 401 225 || 3 334 371 887 || 13 116 592 223

The total amount paid in 2012 EUR 13 117 million relates to reimbursements only. No advances were paid in 2012.

Table 9 on the next page compares, for each Member State, the EAFRD payments made in 2012 with the payments in 2011. The total payments increased by 11.2% (EUR 13.12 billion vs. 11.79 billion).

Table 9

Payments made to Member States - Comparison 2012 vs 2011 || || || (in €) ||

MS || 2011 || 2012 || Difference 2012 vs. 2011

Interim payments || Prefinancing || Total || Interim payments || Prefinancing || Total || (in €) || (in %)

AT || 560 505 171 || - || 560 505 171 || 535 931 653 || - || 535 931 653 || -24 573 517 || -4,4%

BE || 74 909 464 || - || 74 909 464 || 68 498 081 || - || 68 498 081 || -6 411 383 || -8,6%

BG || 123 262 579 || - || 123 262 579 || 306 792 409 || - || 306 792 409 || 183 529 830 || 148,9%

CY || 17 962 016 || - || 17 962 016 || 19 857 677 || - || 19 857 677 || 1 895 660 || 10,6%

CZ || 448 149 474 || - || 448 149 474 || 418 986 335 || - || 418 986 335 || -29 163 139 || -6,5%

DE || 1 152 971 166 || - || 1 152 971 166 || 1 311 026 530 || - || 1 311 026 530 || 158 055 364 || 13,7%

DK || 49 994 154 || - || 49 994 154 || 62 641 099 || - || 62 641 099 || 12 646 945 || 25,3%

EE || 106 899 928 || - || 106 899 928 || 129 243 153 || - || 129 243 153 || 22 343 224 || 20,9%

ES || 981 011 118 || - || 981 011 118 || 821 119 814 || - || 821 119 814 || -159 891 304 || -16,3%

FI || 282 478 090 || - || 282 478 090 || 302 322 832 || - || 302 322 832 || 19 844 743 || 7,0%

FR || 740 672 381 || - || 740 672 381 || 933 171 846 || - || 933 171 846 || 192 499 465 || 26,0%

GR || 414 332 054 || - || 414 332 054 || 330 814 548 || - || 330 814 548 || -83 517 506 || -20,2%

HU || 432 685 163 || - || 432 685 163 || 441 382 786 || - || 441 382 786 || 8 697 623 || 2,0%

IE || 348 090 588 || - || 348 090 588 || 325 682 973 || - || 325 682 973 || -22 407 615 || -6,4%

IT || 1 103 141 274 || - || 1 103 141 274 || 1 307 832 848 || - || 1 307 832 848 || 204 691 574 || 18,6%

LT || 248 716 280 || - || 248 716 280 || 235 267 314 || - || 235 267 314 || -13 448 966 || -5,4%

LU || 13 287 289 || - || 13 287 289 || 10 362 740 || - || 10 362 740 || -2 924 549 || -22,0%

LV || 159 845 406 || - || 159 845 406 || 213 228 656 || - || 213 228 656 || 53 383 250 || 33,4%

MT || 7 372 000 || - || 7 372 000 || 8 942 564 || - || 8 942 564 || 1 570 564 || 21,3%

NL || 55 781 898 || - || 55 781 898 || 102 291 084 || - || 102 291 084 || 46 509 185 || 83,4%

PL || 1 753 101 711 || - || 1 753 101 711 || 2 027 038 643 || - || 2 027 038 643 || 273 936 933 || 15,6%

PT || 488 207 992 || - || 488 207 992 || 679 279 269 || - || 679 279 269 || 191 071 277 || 39,1%

RO || 894 923 044 || - || 894 923 044 || 1 101 919 904 || - || 1 101 919 904 || 206 996 859 || 23,1%

SE || 276 259 926 || - || 276 259 926 || 293 194 504 || - || 293 194 504 || 16 934 578 || 6,1%

SI || 111 811 978 || - || 111 811 978 || 122 065 747 || - || 122 065 747 || 10 253 769 || 9,2%

SK || 345 897 828 || - || 345 897 828 || 272 943 075 || - || 272 943 075 || -72 954 753 || -21,1%

UK || 601 730 275 || - || 601 730 275 || 734 754 138 || - || 734 754 138 || 133 023 863 || 22,1%

Total || 11 794 000 249 || - || 11 794 000 249 || 13 116 592 223 || - || 13 116 592 223 || 1 322 591 975 || 11,2%

3.3.2.     Technical assistance

In the 2012 budget the amount for payment appropriations was EUR 7.5 million. The table hereafter presents the payments for technical assistance for a total amount of EUR 5.1 million. The most important part is related to European Network for Rural Development A significant part of the unsued appropriations concerns the network facility of the European Innovation Partnership for which no payment could be made because the commitments were made late in the year; thus postponing the effective implementation to 2013.

Table 10

Technical assistance – Implementation of payment appropriations

Budget Item: 05.040502 || (in €)

Description || Amount paid

Contact point of the European Network for Rural Development (ENRD) || 3 502 642

Expert groups / Coordination committee / Seminars (ENRD) || 601 045

Information technology || 470 465

Experts committee on the evaluation of rural development programmes || 59 298

Studies, evaluations and controls || 188 300

Publications || 259 964

Total || 5 081 714

3.4.        Analysis of expenditure declared by axis and by measure

Table 11 shows the payment claims declared by Member state and by axis/measure for rural development in 2012 (Q4 2011 to Q3 2012), the cumulative declared expenditure from 2007 to 2012 (Q4 2006 to Q3 2012) and also the financial plans of EAFRD programmes (2007-2013; EU27).

In 2012, the expenditure continues to be concentrated in axis 2 (45.6%), followed by axis 1 with 32.3%, axis 3 with 15.3% and axis 4 with 5.4%. This repartition of expenditure still diverges somewhat with the repartition in the financial plans for the 2007-2013 programming period (33.1%, 45.2%, 13.4% and 6.3% for axis 1 to 4 respectively).

Axis 2 measures mainly involve annual payments (e.g. agro-environmental measures) whilst Axis 1, 3 and, to a lesser extent, Axis 4 mainly relate to multi-annual measures that require longer proceedings for their approval and implementation (e.g. investment projects).

The expenditure in 2012 is more balanced among axes and the share of each axis tends to get closer to the share in the financial plans. For instance, Axis 2 decreases from 47.9% in 2011 to 45.6% in 2012 while Axis 1 and 4 increase from 31.7% and 4.3% in 2011 to 32.3% and 5.4% in 2012 respectively.

Table 11

EAFRD declared expenditure 2012 (Q4 2011-Q3 2012) & Total cumulative expenditure (Q4 2006 to Q3 2012)

compared with Financial Plans*

|| Declared expenditure 2012 (Q4 2011 to Q3 2012) || Cumulative declared expenditure (Q4 2006 to Q3 2012) || Financial Plans 2007-2013

EAFRD Axis / Measure ||  (million €) || (%) ||  (million €) || (%) ||  (million €) || (%)

111 Vocational training and information actions || 124,4 || 0,9% || 261,8 || 0,7% || 954,3 || 1,0%

112 Setting up of young farmers || 391,8 || 3,0% || 1312,4 || 3,3% || 2 877,3 || 3,0%

113 Early retirement || 330,8 || 2,5% || 1371,7 || 3,5% || 2 510,2 || 2,6%

114 Use of advisory services || 24,3 || 0,2% || 38,3 || 0,1% || 277,5 || 0,3%

115 Setting up of management, relief and .... || 8,5 || 0,1% || 10,6 || 0,0% || 64,0 || 0,1%

121 Modernisation of agricultural holdings || 1692,9 || 12,8% || 5040,4 || 12,7% || 11 582,0 || 12,0%

122 Improvement of the economic value of forest || 45,5 || 0,3% || 121,3 || 0,3% || 514,4 || 0,5%

123 Adding value to agricultural and forestry... || 764,6 || 5,8% || 1649,9 || 4,2% || 5 622,7 || 5,8%

124 Cooperation for development of new products || 36,2 || 0,3% || 39,6 || 0,1% || 325,1 || 0,3%

125 Infrastructure related to the development … || 557,7 || 4,2% || 1189,3 || 3,0% || 4 782,3 || 5,0%

126 Restoring agricultural production potential || 86,3 || 0,7% || 184,0 || 0,5% || 601,4 || 0,6%

131 Meeting standards based on Community... || 5,7 || 0,0% || 49,9 || 0,1% || 70,5 || 0,1%

132 Participation of farmers in food quality… || 17,1 || 0,1% || 31,9 || 0,1% || 150,0 || 0,2%

133 Information and promotion activities || 19,8 || 0,1% || 26,9 || 0,1% || 172,5 || 0,2%

141 Semi-subsistence farming || 63,9 || 0,5% || 472,0 || 1,2% || 883,9 || 0,9%

142 Producer groups || 37,0 || 0,3% || 81,3 || 0,2% || 234,2 || 0,2%

143 Direct Payment (BG + RO) || 3,6 || 0,0% || 2,3 || 0,0% || 15,8 || 0,0%

144 Holdings undergoing restructuring || 64,3 || 0,5% || 68,4 || 0,2% || 197,5 || 0,2%

Axis 1 || 4 274,4 || 32,3% || 11 952,1 || 30,2% || 31 835,5 || 33,1%

211 Natural handicap payments to farmers in ... || 1025,0 || 7,7% || 4 160,9 || 10,5% || 6 555,0 || 6,8%

212 Payments to farmers in areas with handicaps... || 1038,0 || 7,8% || 4 325,5 || 10,9% || 7 341,8 || 7,6%

213 Natura 2000 payments and payments linked .. || 39,6 || 0,3% || 85,5 || 0,2% || 633,5 || 0,7%

214 Agri-environment payments || 3231,0 || 24,4% || 12 030,1 || 30,4% || 22 745,3 || 23,6%

215 Animal welfare payments || 95,4 || 0,7% || 207,9 || 0,5% || 716,5 || 0,7%

216 Non-productive investments || 91,7 || 0,7% || 124,0 || 0,3% || 570,3 || 0,6%

221 First afforestation of agricultural land || 201,9 || 1,5% || 829,1 || 2,1% || 2 068,7 || 2,1%

222 First establishment of agroforestry systems... || 0,3 || 0,0% || 0,0 || 0,0% || 11,7 || 0,0%

223 First afforestation of non-agricultural land || 25,3 || 0,2% || 65,5 || 0,2% || 267,2 || 0,3%

224 Natura 2000 payments || 5,7 || 0,0% || 11,9 || 0,0% || 67,5 || 0,1%

225 Forest-environment payments || 9,2 || 0,1% || 20,3 || 0,1% || 193,7 || 0,2%

226 Restoring forestry potential and … || 204,2 || 1,5% || 559,1 || 1,4% || 1 573,8 || 1,6%

227 Non-productive investments || 74,8 || 0,6% || 185,5 || 0,5% || 749,2 || 0,8%

Axis 2 || 6 041,93 || 45,6% || 22 605,41 || 57,0% || 43 494,16 || 45,2%

311 Diversification into non-agricultural activities || 191,1 || 1,4% || 339,0 || 0,9% || 1 274,5 || 1,3%

312 Business creation and development || 258,6 || 2,0% || 373,7 || 0,9% || 2 091,2 || 2,2%

313 Encouragement of tourism activities || 116,7 || 0,9% || 225,3 || 0,6% || 1 252,2 || 1,3%

321 Basic services for the economy and rural … || 629,9 || 4,8% || 771,5 || 1,9% || 3 408,2 || 3,5%

322 Village renewal and development || 647,2 || 4,9% || 1148,8 || 2,9% || 3 345,6 || 3,5%

323 Conservation and upgrading of the rural.... || 159,2 || 1,2% || 339,7 || 0,9% || 1 253,7 || 1,3%

331 Training and information || 13,2 || 0,1% || 29,9 || 0,1% || 113,6 || 0,1%

341 Skills acquisition, animation and implement... || 12,2 || 0,1% || 51,7 || 0,1% || 129,7 || 0,1%

Axis 3 || 2 028,00 || 15,3% || 3 279,6 || 8,3% || 12 868,7 || 13,4%

411 Implementing local development strategies... || 30,6 || 0,2% || 53,4 || 0,1% || 553,1 || 0,6%

412 Implementing local development strategies... || 5,0 || 0,0% || 5,8 || 0,0% || 165,7 || 0,2%

413 Implementing local development strategies.... || 530,9 || 4,0% || 552,8 || 1,4% || 4065,2 || 4,2%

421 Implementing cooperation projects || 15,3 || 0,1% || 12,4 || 0,0% || 267,1 || 0,3%

431 Running the local action group, acquiring ... || 132,0 || 1,0% || 265,4 || 0,7% || 1002,5 || 1,0%

Axis 4 || 713,8 || 5,4% || 889,8 || 2,2% || 6 053,6 || 6,3%

511 Technical Assistance || 179,2 || 1,4% || 463,0 || 1,2% || 1537,3 || 1,6%

611 BG RO Direct Payments || -0,5 || 0,0% || 437,8 || 1,1% || 459,4 || 0,5%

Grand total || 13 236,9 || 100,0% || 39 627,8 || 100,0% || 96 248,7 || 100,0%

*Member States declare their expenditure quarterly. However for year n, Q4 declarations are submitted in January of year n+1. Consequently, the corresponding reimbursements by the Commission to the Member States in year n go from Q4 of year n-1 until Q3 of year n.

3.5         Implementation of EAFRD programmes

Graph 2 on the next page presents the financial implementation rate of rural development programmes per Member State: payments from the beginning of the programming period to 2012, including Q4 2012 that is reimbursed in financial year 2013, compared with the 2007-2012 commitments according to the financial plan. The average EAFRD financial implementation rate for all EAFRD programmes is 78%.

Graph 2 shows that most Member States have absorbed more than 75% of the 2007-2012 commitments.

Until the end of 2012 the application of the N+2 rule has resulted in relatively small decommitments for three rural development programmes. Those decommmitments amount in total to EUR 7.4 million and relate to years 2008 and 2009. Decommitments in relation to year 2010 will be made in 2013.

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