The toolkit of advisory services for agricultural and rural development stakeholders continues to expand during 2018. Several events have taken place and a number of new publications have been released. More advisory services from fi-compass about financial instruments using the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) are also in the pipeline.
The ‘Fourth annual EU conference on EAFRD financial instruments for agriculture and rural development in 2014-2020’ took place on 5 and 6 June 2018 in Sofia. In this conference, participants received a comprehensive overview on: the Commission’s new proposal for supporting agriculture and rural development through the CAP and financial instruments; the opportunities provided by EAFRD financial instruments for EU Member States and regions following the Omnibus regulation and EFSI 2.0; ways in which EU Member States and regions are using EAFRD financial instruments for agriculture and rural development so far; the impact and results of EAFRD supported financial instruments on the development of their agricultural and agri-food economies.