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The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD), which is the funding instrument of the second Pillar of the Common Agricultural Policy of the European Union and one of the European Structural and Investment Funds, aims at strengthening the EU’s agriculture, forestry sector and rural areas in general.

The EAFRD has a total budget of over €96 billion for the period 2014-2020. This support is provided to agriculture, forestry and environment/ natural resources management as well as to the sustainable development of rural economy.

For further information please see:

The EAFRD website

EAFRD Rules and Regulations

Legal basis:

Regulation (EU) Nº 1303/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council laying down common provisions on the European Regional Development Fund, the European Social Fund, The Cohesion Fund, The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund covered by the Common Strategic Framework and laying down general provisions on the European Regional Funds, the European Social Fund and the Cohesion Fund repealing Regulation (EC) Nº 1083/2006 [PDF]. The ‘Common Provisions’ Regulation provides for a shared set of basic rules applying to all structural instruments including the EAFRD.

Regulation (EU) Nº 1305/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council on support for rural development by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) [PDF]. This is the basic act that sets out the specific rules relating to the EAFRD for rural development programming.

Regulation (EU) Nº 1306/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the CAP Horizontal Regulation provides the financial management rules for the two CAP funds, the European Agricultural Guarantee Fund (EAGF) which finances market measures and direct payments, and the EAFRD which finances support to rural development. It brings together the rules on cross compliance, farm advisory systems and monitoring and evaluation of the CAP

Regulation (EU) Nº 1310/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council laying down certain transitional provisions on support for rural development by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD). This regulation defines transitional rules in order to bridge the gap between two multi-annual programming periods.

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