Austria´s Rural Development Plan
European Commission - MEMO/07/370 20/09/2007
Other available languages: DE
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:
Strong emphasis is placed on the environment, nature protection and landscape conservation, taking account of the various environmental effects of agriculture and forestry, responding to the particular geographic and topological situation of an alpine country, and the demands of society. Therefore axis 2 is the most important axis in financial terms.
Budget over and share of EU funding
Overall aim of RD programme in country
Axis 1 budget allocation and main priorities:
EAFRD: EUR 540,858,038 (13.8% of programme total)
Total public funding: EUR 1,078,461,191
Axis 2 budget allocation and main priorities:
EAFRD: EUR 2.828.506.644 (72% of programme total)
Total public funding: EUR 5.661.479.553
Main priorities under this axis are the agri-environmental measures with a broad variety of sub-measures. Compensatory allowances in less-favoured areas and payments for agri-environmental measures account for 90% of axis 2. Payments from this axis contribute to safeguarding the sensitive ecosystem in mountain areas and to compensate farmers signing agri-environmental contracts.
Axis 3 budget allocation and main priorities:
EAFRD: EUR 254,047,905 (6.5 % of programme total; combined with Axis 4 measures which are mainly implemented through Axis 3: 12%)
Total public funding: EUR 506,070,718
The two main priorities under this axis are Basic services for the economy and rural population and the Conservation and upgrading of the rural heritage with almost two thirds of the axis funding. Nature conservation, national parks, cultural landscape development and awareness-raising for potentials of the Alpine region are the most important measures to be implemented in this axis.
Leader budget allocation:
EAFRD: EUR 213,684,106 (5.5% of programme total)
Total public funding: EUR 423,120,056
Support for selected integrated strategies according to the Leader principles. The measure shall contribute to the accomplishment of the objectives under all three axes with a clear priority on axis 3. Inter-territorial and trans-national cooperation is envisaged.