AGENCY FOR AGRICULTURAL MARKETS AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT
The Agency of the Republic of Slovenia for Agricultural Markets and Rural Development has been operating since 2000 as a body within the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food of the Republic of Slovenia. It was established for the implementation of programmes related to the agricultural policy reform, for alignment to the EU common agricultural policy and execution of SAPARD pre-accession assistance payments.
Nowadays the Agency has a role of the only accredited paying agency in Slovenia for the allocation of Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) funds in the field of agriculture, food-processing industry and rural development.
Common agricultural policy (CAP)
Farms and forests cover most of Europe’s land and are vital for our health and economy. The EU's common agricultural policy ensures that farming and preservation of the environment go hand-in-hand. It helps develop the economic and social fabric of rural communities and plays a vital role in confronting new challenges such as climate change, water management, bioenergy and biodiversity.
There are two main elements to the common agricultural policy (CAP): helping European farmers to be competitive and promoting development in rural areas, particularly in the least-favoured regions. With this in mind, the financing available to farmers has changed, increasingly focusing on environmental protection and on the quality, rather than quantity, of production. The EU has also made a greater commitment to rural development through a single financial instrument which promotes agriculture and forestry and all types of rural activity. Control and monitoring systems also play a key role in the management of these measures, whilst ensuring the proper conduct of operations and the development of the agricultural sector within the Union.
Rural Development Programme of the Republic of Slovenia
Rural News: European Network for Rural Development published the article with the profile of Slovenia in March 2011 edition of Rural news.