Rural Development Policy: European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development

Since of the first of January 2007, Romania participates in the Common European Agricultural Policy, thus benefiting from both the European Rural Development Fund and the direct aids to farmers.

Over 60% of the population of the EU live in rural areas, which cover around 90% of the territory. Therefore, rural development is a vital EU policy. Farming and forestry remain strategic sectors in Europe. The rural development strategies are planned at member state level and answer to specific conditions set at the EU level.

The Rural Development Policy for 2007-2013 will focus on three areas: improving competitiveness for farming and forestry, environment and improving quality of life and diversification of the rural economy.

In addition, the transversal priority called LEADER aims at improving local governance and promoting integrated strategies for local development.