Cyprus' Rural Development Plan
European Commission - MEMO/07/431 25/10/2007
Other available languages: EL
Brussels, 25 October 2007
The overall objectives were chosen in accordance with the Community Strategic Guidelines (CSG) and the National Strategy Plan and are:
These priorities are reflected on the financial weight of the competitiveness and the environmental axis (approximatively 44% each).
Budget and share of funding
Total public expenditure: € 325 million of which € 162 million EAFRD contribution (50%)
Overall aim of the programme
Axis 1: budget allocation and main priorities
EAFRD: € 70,260,838 - Total public funding: € 140,521,676
Aiming at the setting up of the young farmers, the modernization of agricultural holdings, the promotion of processing and marketing as well as adding value to agricultural and forestry products. The support for Cypriot agricultural products will be oriented towards exports promotion and towards a better adjustment to the continuous competitive pressures from similar products of neighbouring countries and other EU countries. Products of high quality will be targeted as well as products with high added value.
Axis 2: budget allocation and main priorities
EAFRD: € 70,571,700 - Total public funding: € 141,143,400
A range of agro-environmental measures including in the Natura 2000 areas, as well as compensatory payments to “Less Favourable Areas” are the two main priorities for this axis. Moreover, actions will be undertaken towards the protection of forests and to the further expansion of forest areas through the appropriated forest measures.
Axis 3: budget allocation and main priorities
EAFRD: € 14,464,857 - Total public funding: € 28,929,714
The proposed measures aim at reviving economic activity mainly in the mountainous and semi-mountainous regions via the support of entrepreneurship, promotion of education and acquisition of skills, conservation and upgrading of the rural and cultural heritage and the improvement of information flow.
LEADER budget allocation:
EAFRD: € 4,313,090 - Total public funding: € 8,626,180
 EAFRD = European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development