Brussels, 20 December 2007
Chosen strategy corresponding to the profile:
The IPARD programme is in line with the Multi–annual Indicative Planning Document (MIPD) and other strategic documents on the integration process for Candidate countries. The main policy objectives are:
Budget overall and share of EU funding
A financial aid of € 25 270 000 of which € 19 000 000 is EU financed has been allocated to the Rural Development Programme for the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia for the financial period 2007-2009.
* Axis II will be developed and presented to the Rural Development Committee at a later stage when the measures are to be accredited
Overall aim of IPARD programme in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
The main strategic objective is Sustainable Agricultural Development by meeting the acquis related standards with following common objectives:
Axis 1- Improving market efficiency and implementing the Community standards
Total public aid 2007-2009: € 19,760,000 (78%)
The main priorities are to upgrade agricultural holdings and food processing plants to compliance with EU quality, health, food safety and environmental standards, to improve the quality of the agricultural production and products and enhance the innovation of new products.
Under the Axis 1 two measures will be implemented:
Support granted towards the achievement of these objectives will mainly be concentrated on sectors where the related acquis standards to be implemented are particularly demanding like in the dairy, meat, fruits, vegetables, and wine sectors and investment in rendering sector after year 2009.
Axis 2- Preparatory actions for the implementation of agri-enviromental measures and Leader
Measures under the Axis 2 concerning preparatory actions for implementation of agri-environmental measures and the LEADER-approach will be developed for implementation during the financial period 2010-2013.
Axis 3- Development of rural economy
Total public aid 2007-2009: € 4,560,000 (18%)
Under axis 3 one measure will be implemented- Diversification and development of rural economic activities, where greatest attention is put to two sub- measures 'Supporting the establishment and development of enterprises' (53% of the public aid under Axis 3), followed by 'Support to the rural tourism activities' (47% of the public aid under Axis 3).
The measure is aimed at improving the quality of life, encouraging micro entrepreneurship and increasing economic activities and diversification in rural areas.