This document is an excerpt from the EUR-Lex website
Rural development policy is the second pillar of the EU’s common agricultural policy. It seeks to help the EU’s rural areas address the economic, environmental and social challenges that they face. It has three long-term objectives:
Most EU funding available for rural development is available from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) which runs for the 2014-20 period and has a budget of €95 billion.
The policy is implemented by means of 7-year rural development programmes drawn up in partnership with the EU. These focus on the following six priorities:
The principles, rules and standards for the implementation of the EAFRD, as for the other European Structural and Investment Funds, are laid down in Regulation (EU) N 1303/2013.