The “green light” to the 9th amendment of the Rural Development Program (RDP) 2014-2020 has been given by the European Commission through which the additional resources for the transitional period 2021-2022 amounting to more than 2 billion euros are committed in terms of public expenditure (1.6 billion community participation).
As the Minister of Rural Development and Food, Spilios Libanos said, “the approval of the 9th amendment of the RDP by the EU is the culmination of an intensive and months-long effort to design an ambitious plan. and at the same time realistic for the use of 2 billion euros of additional public expenditure of the transitional period 2021-2022 ”.
According to him, this is a plan aimed at directly and targeted support for the development and competitiveness of our primary sector in a difficult economic situation, through political 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 press release issued by the Ministry of Regional Development and Infrastructure, the allocation of new resources will be devoted to major RDP reform and development interventions with a strong environmental and social sign, on the basis of a global proposal submitted by the Ministry of Regional Development. Development and Infrastructures.
More specifically, the measures of the PDR will be financed with the aim of:
- Improve the entrepreneurship and competitiveness of the primary sector, such as the already announced young farmers, improvement plans, small land improvement infrastructure projects, construction of rural roads, improvement of production quality and new flexible financing tools.
- Environmental protection, mitigation and adaptation to climate change, such as organic farming and animal husbandry, reduction of nitrates in agriculture, afforestation of agricultural land, animal welfare, prevention and restoration of the productive potential of catastrophic events.
- Stimulation of agricultural income and the overall development of rural areas, such as the pilot implementation of a risk management measure, compensatory compensation for continued support for agricultural activity in mountainous and disadvantaged areas, as well as financial support from local LEADER programs.