Malta's Rural Development Plan
European Commission - MEMO/07/606 20/12/2007
Other available languages: MT
Brussels, 20 December 2007
Chosen strategy corresponding to the profile
The overall objectives are:
Budget overall and share of EU funding
Overall aim of the programme
To strengthen competitiveness, develop a sustainable use of natural resources and the global attractiveness of rural areas by intervening on integration between the development of agricultural and forestry sector, environment, rural tourism and services.
Axis 1: budget allocation and main priorities
EAFRD: € 25,710,000. Total public funding: € 34,280,000.
This axis intends to improve the competitiveness of the agricultural sector.
The financial weight of axis 1 is 34%.
The division of resources, in terms of measures, is the following: concerning physical capital, 39% goes to financing actions for modernisation of agricultural holdings and improvement of infrastructures related to development and adaptation of agriculture, and 20% to adding value to agricultural and forestry products; for human capital, 9% goes to advisory services and 3% to vocational training and information actions. Quality schemes will also be supported through the programme with an allocation of 5% of the entire axis.
Axis 2: budget allocation and main priorities
EAFRD: € 20,020,000. Total public funding: € 25,025,000.
This axis intends to improve the environment and the countryside through encouraging the retention of agricultural activity and promotion of environmental friendly production methods in line with rural heritage.
The financial weight of axis 2 is 26%.
In terms of measures, the situation is the following: 58% of the resources goes to support for areas with handicaps, other than mountain areas, and 34% are addressed to financing agri-environment actions. A remaining 8% will be used for financing Natura 2000 payments and payments linked to Directive 2000/60/EEC (EU Water Framework Directive).
Axis 3: budget allocation and main priorities
This axis intends to improve the quality of life in rural areas through the conservation and valorisation of rural, natural and cultural heritage enhancing the multifunctional role of rural areas.
The financial weight of axis 3 is 32%.
The resources under this axis primarily go to the measure for conservation and upgrading of the rural heritage (64%), followed by the measure for encouragement of tourism activities (35%).
LEADER budget allocation
EAFRD: € 3,100,000. Total public funding: € 3,875,000.
This axis intends to build local capacity for improving governance and mobilising the endogenous development potential of rural areas.
The financial weight of axis 4 is 4%.
UAA= utilised agricultural are[a]