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Brussels, 20 September 2007
Chosen strategy corresponding to the profile:
The overall objectives were chosen in accordance with the Community Strategic Guidelines (CSG) and the National Strategy Plan and are:
Budget and share of EU funding
Overall aim of RD programme in country
to ensure growth through improving the competitiveness of agri-food and forestry sectors as well as creating possibilities for diversification of economic activities and improving the quality of life in rural areas meanwhile enhancing the human, environmental and other countryside values and reducing disparities between rural and urban areas as well as separate regions.
Axis 1 budget allocation and main priorities:
EAFRD: € 697.647.832 (40.0 % of programme total)
Total public funding: € 930,197,109
The main emphasis of axis 1 is put on:
Lithuania intends to support early retirement, setting-up of young farmers, to restructure semi-subsistence farms and to improve forest and agriculture related infrastructure. As regards the improvement of competitiveness, importance is given to the modernisation of agricultural holdings, support for processing and marketing, as well as forestry. Creation of producer groups and the improvement of food quality are also among the measures to implement. However, they will be implemented when the national legal base for these measures has been established. Strengthening of human capital will be complemented by vocational training, diffusion of scientific and innovative practices and use of advisory services.
Axis 2 budget allocation and main priorities:
EAFRD: € 659.672.324 (37.8% of programme total)
Total public funding: € 824.590.405
The main support of axis 2 is planned to be channelled to:
Environmentally friendly practices will be complemented by the landscape stewardship, protection of water bodies, supporting rare breeds and development of organic farming. In addition to this, Lithuania aims to combat climate change through rational use of available land resources (LFA payments, Natura 2000), in particular abandoned agricultural land not used for agriculture as well as sustainable forestry development through afforestation, restoration of damaged forests and forest environment as well as Natura 2000 payments.
Axis 3 budget allocation and main priorities:
EAFRD: €206.710.494 (12.0% of programme total)
Total public funding: € 275.613.992
Specific attention is given to:
Training for this axis interacts with the Structural Funds
Leader budget allocation:
EAFRD: € 109.595.043
Total public funding: € 136,993,804 (or 6,2% of the total allocation for the programme). The support granted will be focused upon three main activities namely:
The activity of implementing the local development strategies is allocated 97% of the amount for Leader.
 UAA= Utilized Agricultural Area
 SME = Small and medium enterprise