The “green light” in the 9th amendment of the Rural Development Program (RDP) 2014-2020 was given by the European Commission through which the additional resources of the transitional period 2021-2022 amounting to more than 2 billion euros are committed in terms of public expenditure (1.6 billion in Community participation).
As stated by the Minister of Rural Development and Food, Spilios Libanos, “The approval of the 9th amendment of the RDP by the EU is the culmination of an intensive and multi-month effort to design an ambitious and at the same time realistic plan for the use of additional 2 billion euros. public expenditure of the transitional period 2021-2022 “.
According to him, this is a plan aimed at the direct and targeted support of the development and competitiveness of our primary sector in a difficult economic situation, through policy measures that will ensure the smooth transition and adaptation to the new productive model of the CAP. 2023-2027 towards a more sustainable, sustainable, green and digital agriculture “.
According to a statement issued by the Ministry of Regional Development and Infrastructure, the allocation of new resources will be directed to significant reform and development interventions of the RDP with a strong environmental and social sign, based on a comprehensive proposal submitted by the Ministry of Regional Development and Infrastructure.
Specifically, RDP measures will be funded with the aim of:
Enhancing the entrepreneurship and competitiveness of the primary sector, such as the young farmers already announced, improvement plans, small land improvement infrastructure, rural road construction, boosting production quality, and new flexible financing tools.
– Protecting the environment, mitigating and adapting to climate change, such as organic farming and animal husbandry, reducing nitrates in agriculture, afforestation of agricultural lands, animal welfare, prevention and restoration of productive potential from catastrophic events .
– The stimulation of agricultural income and the overall development of rural areas, such as the pilot implementation of a risk management measure, the compensatory compensation for the continuation of support of agricultural activity in mountainous and disadvantaged areas, as well as the financial support of local LEADER programs.