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BRUXELLES AGRICOLTURA


14 ottobre 2015
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Le nostre Consulenze e Soluzioni in agricoltura:

Ti possiamo offrire assistenza nella programmazione di acquisto, studio di fattibilità, assistenza nei finanziamenti dedicati all’agricoltura.

Predisposizione ed analisi dei dati economici e patrimoniali per la valutazione e la sostenibilità di investimenti e finanziamenti delle società agricole.

Predisposizione di piani economici previsionali al fine di valutare l’impatto di investimenti ed impegni finanziari.

Predisposizione fascicolo e caricamento in procedura della richiesta di accesso alla garanzia diretta ISMEA ( disciplinata dal Decreto 22 marzo 2011 del Ministro delle Politiche Agricole Alimentari e Forestali di concerto con il Ministero dell’Economia e delle Finanze).

Gestione procedura bando ISI INAIL Agricoltura:

a) Inserimento on-line del progetto;

b) Inserimento codice identificativo;

c) Invio del codice Identificativo;

d) Invio della Domanda

Supportare le diverse fasi dell’acquisto, offrendo un prodotto/servizio rispondente alle esigenze del cliente.

Curare il servizio vendita sulla base delle specifiche assegnate, attuando la promozione, il riordino e

l’esposizione.

Formazione di business plan per aziende in start up e non.

La soluzione completa di prodotti e servizi pensata per tutti gli attori della filiera agricola.

Servizi dedicati per rispondere alle esigenze.

 

Contattaci: inviaci una mail con un recapito telefonico sarete contattati per un maggior chiarimento in merito.

info@consulenzagricola.it

tartufo_nero

 

Bruxelles ha dato ragione ad Alba: l’Italia deve riconoscere al tartufo lo status di prodotto agricolo spontaneo (cioè alla stregua dei funghi), seguendo l’esempio degli altri paesi europei. E ora la Commissione Europea chiederà al Governo italiano di modificare la normativa in essere e di ‘sdoganare’ finalmente la preziosa bontà. Una sorta di “tartufexit” che aprirà le porte ad una maggiore valorizzazione e tutela del made in Italy. «Le istanze del mondo del tartufo di Alba sono quelle di tutti i tartuficoltori italiani, ma noi chiediamo qualcosa in più: di lavorare insieme alla Regione affinché il Governo riconosca al tartufo lo status di prodotto agricolo e alla tartuficoltura quello di coltivazione agricola». Così il presidente di Confagricoltura Emilia Romagna, Gianni Tosi, dopo il parere espresso dalla Commissione Petizioni del Parlamento europeo che ha accolto favorevolmente la petizione presentata da: Comune di Alba, Ente Fiera Internazionale del tartufo, Centro Nazionale Studi tartufo e associazioni di commercianti e di trifolai. Infatti, la legge nazionale in vigore (Legge quadro 752/85) non riconosce al tartufo lo status di prodotto agricolo. «Ciò preclude ogni via di accesso ai finanziamenti Ue nell’ambito del Piano di Sviluppo Rurale» sottolinea il presidente di Confagricoltura Emilia Romagna. E nella nostra regione le tartufaie coltivate e controllate sono solo 250, mentre potrebbero essere molte di più. Inoltre, “il tartufo non ha limiti di mercato e nei paesi Ue dove la tartuficoltura è stata valorizzata come attività agricola specializzata (es. la Spagna) – sfruttando le attuali conoscenze e tecniche agronomiche, nei siti idonei – essa ha saputo generare redditi assolutamente impensabili in campo agricolo”. Non solo. Va ricordato anche il suo valore ambientale-ecologico: “Chi coltiva le piante tartufigene, realizza un bosco, una siepe, un filare di latifoglie dall’ampio spettro varietale; un terreno che servirà ad assorbire CO2 e sul quale non si farà uso di prodotti chimici. Una coltura, quindi, altamente remunerativa e ecosostenibile nonché una valida alleata nell’opera di contrasto al dissesto idrogeologico”. «La tartuficoltura – conclude il presidente Tosi – può consentire un incremento di posti di lavoro e redditi in agricoltura e nell’agriturismo; migliorare il capitale naturale e favorire il turismo; evitare il fenomeno inarrestabile dell’abbandono di terreni marginali in aree fragili del territorio emiliano-romagnolo e della dorsale appenninica».

A Bruxelles worshop con aziende agricole e turistiche per studiare i fondi Ue

 

Fondi Europei in arrivo in Calabria per Agricoltura e Forestazione, a Bruxelles approvato il Psr Calabria 2014/2020

 

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Le nostre Consulenze e Soluzioni in agricoltura:

Ti possiamo offrire assistenza nella programmazione di acquisto, studio di fattibilità, assistenza nei finanziamenti dedicati all’agricoltura.

Predisposizione ed analisi dei dati economici e patrimoniali per la valutazione e la sostenibilità di investimenti e finanziamenti delle società agricole.

Predisposizione di piani economici previsionali al fine di valutare l’impatto di investimenti ed impegni finanziari.

Predisposizione fascicolo e caricamento in procedura della richiesta di accesso alla garanzia diretta ISMEA ( disciplinata dal Decreto 22 marzo 2011 del Ministro delle Politiche Agricole Alimentari e Forestali di concerto con il Ministero dell’Economia e delle Finanze).

Gestione procedura bando ISI INAIL Agricoltura:

a) Inserimento on-line del progetto;

b) Inserimento codice identificativo;

c) Invio del codice Identificativo;

d) Invio della Domanda

Supportare le diverse fasi dell’acquisto, offrendo un prodotto/servizio rispondente alle esigenze del cliente.

Curare il servizio vendita sulla base delle specifiche assegnate, attuando la promozione, il riordino e

l’esposizione.

Formazione di business plan per aziende in start up e non.

La soluzione completa di prodotti e servizi pensata per tutti gli attori della filiera agricola.

Servizi dedicati per rispondere alle esigenze.

Contattaci: inviaci una mail con un recapito telefonico sarete contattati per un maggior chiarimento in merito.

info@consulenzagricola.it

L’Unione Europea ha sbloccato 1,1 miliardi di fondi per lo sviluppo rurale della Calabria. Via libera da Bruxelles al Psr 2014 2020 e il piano sarà presentato mercoledì prossimo 25 novembre alle 15 nella sede della Cittadella regionale a Germaneto.

Agricoltura, il Nord tratta da solo con Bruxelles

 

Arance, olio e pomodori. Bruxelles penalizza il made in Italy?

Prima le arance egiziane, dopo l’olio tunisino, adesso i pomodori marocchini. Il made in italy agricolo è sotto scacco a seguito di decisioni maturate a Bruxelles con l’obiettivo di concedere sempre maggiori agevolazioni all’import di prodotti provenienti dal Nord Africa. Una politica di solidarietà – si pensi al caso dell’olio tunisino, con la Commissione che intende aiutare l’economia della Tunisia per i danni al settore del turismo derivanti dall’attentato di Sousse – ma che rischia di mettere in ginocchio la nostra agricoltura, in particolare quella meridionale.

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BRUXELLES. Agricoltura: ok Commissione europea sulle nuove misure anticrisi

Dall’aumento della soglia degli aiuti ‘de minimis’ agli agricoltori a misure eccezionali per limitare la produzione, sono diverse le nuove proposte ‘anti-crisi’ presentate oggi dalla Commissione Ue al Consiglio dei ministri dell’agricoltura dei 28. Per quanto riguarda gli aiuti ‘de minimis’, Hogan ha annunciato di essere pronto “ad una accettazione temporanea degli aiuti di stato che consentiranno ai Paesi membri di erogare somme equivalenti”.

Hogan, dunque, ha annunciato di essere pronto “ad una accettazione temporanea degli aiuti di stato che consentiranno ai Paesi membri di erogare somme equivalenti, ad esempio un massimo di 15mila euro ad agricoltore senza tetto nazionale”, sempre tenendo conto però che per questo provvedimento sono necessari dei passi formali che richiederanno “almeno sette mesi” ha detto il commissario Ue all’agricoltura.

Lavoro: “boom” di occupati in agricoltura nel I trimestre

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E’ record per l’occupazione nel settore primario. A trainare il trend positivo del dato sul lavoro a livello nazionale è proprio l’agricoltura, che nei primi tre mesi dell’anno cresce di oltre 6 punti percentuali. Lo afferma il presidente nazionale della Cia-Confederazione italiana agricoltori, Dino Scanavino, commentando il rapporto dell’Istat diffuso oggi.

Mentre industria e costruzioni arretrano, l’agricoltura mette a segno 45 mila nuovi occupati, soprattutto per effetto della spinta proveniente dalle aziende agricole del Nord Italia (+16%) e del Mezzogiorno (+4,4%). In controtendenza il Centro Italia dove gli occupati agricoli diminuiscono dell’11,5%. I dati dell’Istat sull’occupazione -sottolinea Scanavino- dimostrano ancora una volta che l’agricoltura è uno dei settori più importanti e strategici su cui puntare per avviare una ripresa consolidata del sistema economico nazionale.

Agricoltura, il futuro è ‘under 40′

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Ma in Italia i giovani sono solo il 2,9% contro il 6,1 dell’Europa. I dati presentati a Bruxelles alla conferenza organizzata dall’Agia-Cia

I giovani che subentrano ai genitori alla guida dell’impresa agricola fanno crescere il fatturato di oltre il 30 per cento.

E’ quanto emerge da un’analisi condotta dall’Agia, l’associazione giovani imprenditori della Cia-Confederazione italiana agricoltori, i cui dati sono stati anticipati Bruxelles nel corso della conferenza ’I giovani agricoltori per l’Europa del futuro’.

La riscossa degli ‘under 40′

Consolidato il dato che attribuisce più di 9 miliardi di euro (valore aggiunto), alle oltre 110 mila aziende condotte da ‘under 40′ - dice l’Agea – il ricambio generazionale ha portato miglioramenti sul fronte del fatturato, anche grazie a scelte coraggiose come la conversione in azienda multifunzionale.
Il cambiamento ha interessato 5 aziende su 10. Circa il 7 per cento delle imprese condotte da giovani hanno inserito innovazioni di prodotto e di strutture.
Uno dei segmenti di maggiore successo, in termini di fatturato, è rappresentato dall’export di prodotti come il vino e i sott’oli. Soprattutto verso gli Usa e i nuovi mercati asiatici. Circa l’85 per cento delle aziende ‘rigenerate’ ha migliorato il fatturato rispetto alla precedente gestione, il 12 per cento ha mantenuto le stesse performance e solamente il 3 per cento ha segnato un bilancio in negativo.

 

Imprenditorialità creativa e marketing agricolo

Altro discorso per quegli ‘under 40′ che hanno scelto di fare agricoltura pur non avendo un’azienda familiare. Sono pochi quelli che salgono alla guida di un’azienda (meno dell’1 per cento), diversi sono entrati in agricoltura in qualità di agronomi, agrotecnici, biologi e in particolare negli ultimi 5 anni hanno fatto il loro ingresso nel comparto esperti di comunicazione e marketing, oltre che specializzati nelle tecniche di commercio telematico.
Questi dati – conclude l’Agia-Cia – evidenziano come l’agricoltura italiana del futuro non possa prescindere dagli ‘under 40′.

 

Ancora troppo pochi: l’Italia in coda all’Europa

In Italia gli agricoltori ‘junior’ sono ancora solo il 2,9 per cento del totale contro il 6,1 per cento della media Ue. Eppure da soli creano in media il 35 per cento di valore aggiunto in più dei colleghi ‘senior’. E anche se qualcosa finalmente si muove, nello Stivale e in Europa, la situazione resta molto difficile. Tanto che in assenza di misure tempestive e di un reale cambio di rotta, l’agricoltura rischia il default, dice l’Agia-Cia.
“I giovani hanno voglia di tornare alla terra, di investire nel lavoro in campagna - ha spiegato nella sua relazione il presidente dell’Agia, Luca Brunelli -. Agevolare il loro ingresso in agricoltura è fondamentale perché significa aprire le porte all’innovazione, alla competitività, all’internazionalizzazione”.
Perché i giovani non si fermano solo agli agriturismi ma creano vere e proprie fattorie didattiche: in Italia le conducono il 4,7 per cento degli ‘under 40′ contro l’1,2 per cento degli over. “Sono i giovani a modernizzare l’agricoltura - ha sottolineato Brunelli – e a renderla davvero multifunzionale”.

Lavoro: 40 milioni di euro per i giovani imprenditori agricoli.

 

 

 

 

 

Factsheet on the national rural network specific programme 2014-
2020 for Italy

The national rural network programme for Italy was adopted by the European
Commission on 26 May 2015. With a budget of almost € 115 million (€ 59.6 million from
the EU budget and € 55 million of national funding), the network will support policies for
agricultural development through the exchange of experience and knowledge between
rural territories, as well as better implementation and management of Italian rural
development programmes. The programme also aims at ensuring better visibility of rural
development policy, actions and achievements whilst bringing together all actors involved
in rural development throughout the entire territory of Italy.
Support for Rural Development is the 2nd Pillar of the Common Agricultural Policy,
providing Member States with an envelope of EU funding to manage nationally or
regionally under multiannual, co-funded programmes. In total, 118 programmes are
foreseen in all 28 Member States. The new RD Regulation for the 2014-2020 period
addresses six economic, environmental and social priorities, and programmes contain
clear targets setting out what is to be achieved. It put also emphasis on networking
activities at EU and national level. Moreover, in order to coordinate actions better and
maximise synergies with the other European Structural & Investment Funds (ESIF), a
Partnership Agreement has been agreed with each Member State highlighting its broad
strategy for EU-funded structural investment.
This document provides a brief overview of the national rural network programme (NRN).
In the annex, a table indicates the allocated budget.

1. SITUATION
Italy covers an area of 301 337 km² of which 92 % is rural. The total population is 60.7
million, of which almost 58 % live in rural areas.
In Italy, the 2014-2020 rural development policy will be implemented through 23
programmes. The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) will cofinance
21 regional/autonomous provincial programmes, a national programme covering
risk management, irrigation and animal biodiversity and a specific programme for the
national rural network.
The EAFRD allocation for Italy amount to more than 10.4 billion euro (including the
amount that the Italian authorities have opted to transfer from the original envelope
foreseen for CAP Direct Payments in Italy). Of this almost € 60 million will be spent on
the national rural network.
2. STRATEGY OF THE RDP
The NRN targets the participation of organisations and administrations directly and
indirectly involved in rural development, namely:
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1. all actors involved in the programming, managing and implementation of the rural
development policy at local, regional and national level (managing authorities, paying
agencies, LAGs, etc.).
2. stakeholders from the economic and social partnerships , including professional
organisations of entrepreneurs and the current or potential beneficiaries
3. civil society (general public, consumers).
The NRN will only implement actions at national level, while actions in the regions are
developed at regional level, using the budget of the relevant rural development
programme.
The NRN foresees four strategic priorities:
 Improve the quality of implementation of rural development programmes
 Increase the involvement of stakeholders in the implementation of rural
development
 Inform the broader public and potential beneficiaries on rural development policy
and funding opportunities
 Foster innovation in agriculture, food production, forestry and rural areas
(particularly in relation to the target group
The activities of the NRN aim to achieve the following main objectives:
 Strengthen the administrative capacities of the managing authorities and paying
agencies;
 Support and consolidate the competences of the regions by means of exchanges
of experience;
 Improve common information sharing systems for evaluation and monitoring of
the EAFRD in the Italian rural areas;
 Promote networking between enterprises in the primary sector (agriculture and
forestry) or other economic sectors and the public institutions;
 Foster a “culture of entrepreneurship”, facilitate access to funding and support
young entrepreneurs;
 Increase transparency and visibility of rural development policy;
 Promote European and international collaborations and stimulate connections
between regional networks and other networks at European level;
 Enhance the perspectives of rural development (including employment
opportunities), and increase the participatory, interactive and bottom-up
approach;
 Support the implementation of the Operational Groups of the European Innovation
Partnership (EIP) and the links with the EU research framework programme
Horizon 2020 as well as the national policies on research and innovation;
 Promote innovation in the primary sector and agri-food and businesses in rural
areas;
 Consolidate the thematic network related to the EIP operational groups.
At operational level, the “Rete Rurale Nazionale” is established under the responsibility of
the Ministry of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policy. A technical and administrative
secretariat will manage and oversee all the activities. The implementation of the activities
will be carried out on the basis of a two-year action plan.

ITALY
The first 5 Italian Rural Development Programmes (out of 23) for the 2014-2020 period have
been approved by the European Commission today.
Welcoming today’s approval, EU Agriculture and Rural Development Commissioner Phil Hogan
stated: ” I am pleased to see the first Italian plans approved today – for Bolzano, EmiliaRomagna,
Tuscany and Veneto, as well as the Rural Network Programme. The others will
follow in the coming months. One of the great strengths of our Rural Development concept is that
we have core priorities, but Member State or regions have flexibility to design their programmes to
suit their situation. And we see good examples of this today where all four regions are looking to
support environmentally-friendly farming practices, but have a different emphasis on how to support
this objective.”

National Rural Network Rural Development Programme for 2014-
2020 approved by European Commission

The National Rural Network programme for Italy was adopted by the European
Commission on 26 May 2015. With a budget of almost € 115 million (€ 59.6 million from
the EU budget and € 55 million of national funding), the network will support policies for
agricultural development through the exchange of experience and knowledge between
rural territories, as well as better implementation and management of Italian Rural
Development Programmes. The programme also aims at ensuring better visibility of rural
development policy, actions and achievements whilst bringing together all actors involved
in rural development throughout the entire territory of Italy.
Bolzano Rural Development Programme for 2014-2020 approved
by European Commission

The Rural Development Programme (RDP) for the Autonomous Province of Bolzano was
formally adopted by the European Commission on 26 May 2015, outlining Bolzano’s
priorities for using more than € 366 million of public money available for the 7-year
period 2014-2020 (over € 158 million from the EU budget and € 208 million of national
co-funding).
The RDP for Bolzano focuses mainly on restoring, preserving and enhancing ecosystems,
resource efficiency and climate change as well as improving the competitiveness of the
farm and forestry sectors. Around one quarter of the farmland will come under
management contracts supporting biodiversity, 22% will contribute to soil erosion
management, and another 14% of the agricultural land will be under contract to reduce
greenhouse gases and ammonia emissions. To improve the competitiveness of farmers,
125 farms will receive support to restructure or modernise their farms and almost 6% of
farms will receive support for young farmers to launch their businesses. Investments in
basic services will be supported within the scope of the LEADER Local Action Groups
whose Local Development Strategies will cover 17% of the rural population and create 50
additional jobs. Around 8% of the rural population will also benefit from new or improved
broadband infrastructure.

Emilia-Romagna Rural Development Programme for 2014-2020
approved by European Commission
The Rural Development Programme (RDP) for Emilia-Romagna was formally adopted by
the European Commission on 26 May 2015, outlining the priorities of Emilia-Romagna for
using the € 1.19 billion of public money that is available for the 7-year period 2014-2020
(nearly € 513 million from the EU budget and € 676 million of national co-funding).
Emilia Romagna’s RDP is putting almost equal emphasis on the four priorities related to
competitiveness, food chain organisation, restoring, preserving and enhancing
ecosystems, and resource efficiency and climate. The region will support 870 investment
projects to restructure or modernise farms and over 1 500 young farmers will be granted
business start-up aid. Over 19 000 places will be made available in training courses. In
the food chain, more than 1 500 projects will receive support to increase and stabilise the
profitability of primary producers as well as modernise production processes and support
quality production. Nearly 21% of the agricultural land will be under management
contracts supporting biodiversity, 16% for water management and 15% for soil
management. Almost 75 000 hectares will receive support related to organic farming and
around 6.5% of all farmland and forest will come under management contracts targeting
reduction of greenhouse gas and ammonia emissions.
Veneto Region Rural Development Programme for 2014-2020
approved by European Commission

The Rural Development Programme (RDP) for Region Veneto was formally adopted by
the European Commission on 26 May 2015, outlining Veneto priorities for using the €
1.19 billion of public money that is available for the 7-year period 2014-2020 (nearly €
511 million from the EU budget, plus € 673 million of national co-funding, plus € 10
million of additional funding top-ups).
The RDP for Veneto focuses on restoring, preserving and enhancing ecosystems. More
than 82 000 hectares will be protected through environmental land management
contracts targeted to specific biodiversity, water objectives and preventing soil erosion.
In addition, almost 8 000 hectares of farmland will receive support to either convert to or
maintain organic farming. In order to improve the competitiveness and sustainability of
the farm sector, nearly 74 000 training places will be created to promote innovation, cooperation
and more sustainable framing practices. More than 4 000 agricultural holdings
(including young farmers) will benefit from support to improve their economic
performance, and restructure and modernise their farms. Finally, local development and
economic diversification projects will deliver around 140 new jobs and 11% of the rural
population will get access to improved ICT and broadband infrastructure.
Tuscany Rural Development Programme for 2014-2020 approved
by European Commission

The Rural Development Programme (RDP) for Tuscany was formally adopted by the
European Commission on 26 May 2015, outlining Tuscany priorities for using nearly €
962 million of public money that is available for the 7-year period 2014-2020 (over € 414
million from the EU budget, including nearly € 547 million of national co-funding).
The RDP for Tuscany will focus on environment/climate-friendly farm investments and
investments in more resilient forest ecosystems, as well as forest liming. Nearly 17% of
the agricultural land will be under management contracts supporting biodiversity, 10%
for contracts to improve water management and another 10% for contracts to improve
soil management. Organic farming is also important. A total of 18 000 hectares will
receive support to convert to organic farming and another 87 000 ha to maintain organic
production. Boosting the competitiveness of farms and forests is also high on the agenda.
Over 900 holding will receive investment support to restructure and modernise, 1 000
young farmers will receive support to launch their business, and the region will
implement the European Innovation Partnership to help deliver innovative solutions to
the farm sector. In addition there will be 5 500 places in training courses and almost one
fifth of the rural population will benefit from new or improved broadband infrastructure.
Background

Support for Rural Development is the 2nd Pillar of the Common Agricultural Policy,
providing Member States with an envelope of EU funding to manage nationally or
regionally under multiannual, co-funded programmes. In total, 118 programmes are
foreseen in all 28 Member States. The new RD Regulation for the 2014-2020 period
addresses six economic, environmental and social priorities, and programmes contain
clear targets setting out what is to be achieved. It put also emphasis on networking
activities at EU and national level. Moreover, in order to coordinate actions better and
maximise synergies with the other European Structural & Investment Funds (ESIF), a
Partnership Agreement has been agreed with each Member State highlighting its broad
strategy for EU-funded structural investment.

European Commission – Press release
Adoption of a further 24 Rural Development Programmes to boost the EU farming sector and our countryside

The European Commission has today approved a further 24 Rural Development Programmes (RDPs) aimed at improving the competitiveness of the EU farming sector, caring for the countryside and climate, and strengthening the economic and social fabric of rural communities in the period until 2020. The programmes adopted today are expected to create over 40 000 jobs in rural areas and about 700 000 training places to foster innovation, knowledge transfer, more sustainable farming practices and stronger rural businesses. Funding worth 27 billion EUR from the EU budget, co-financed by further public funding at national/regional level and/or private funds, is made available.
Modernisation of farms, support to young farmers, sustainable land management and improved broadband infrastructures are among the priority actions of the adopted regional and national programmes. The Member States concerned are Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Romania, Spain, Sweden and the UK.
Welcoming today’s decisions, EU Agriculture and Rural Development Commissioner Phil Hogan said: “One of the great strengths of our Rural Development concept is that we have core priorities, but it is up to each Member State or region to design a programme which suits its challenges and opportunities. The programmes adopted today offer funding for a range of dynamic projects, varying from modernisation projects for agriculture and encouraging generational renewal in Croatia and Romania, to rolling out broadband to sparsely populated areas in Emilia Romagna and support for organic farming in Sweden or enhancing environmentally friendly land management on 1 million hectares of farmland in Ireland. Boosting the knowledge base of our farm sector is an important aspect of the RDPs. I am pleased to see that almost all of today’s programmes will support innovation projects under the European Innovation Partnership”.

Factsheet on 2014-2020 Rural Development Programme for
Bolzano

The Rural Development Programme (RDP) for the Autonomous Province of Bolzano was
formally adopted by the European Commission on 26 May 2015, outlining Bolzano’s
priorities for using more than € 366 million of public money available for the 7-year
period 2014-2020 (over € 158 million from the EU budget and € 208 million of national
co-funding).
The RDP for Bolzano focuses mainly on restoring, preserving and enhancing ecosystems,
resource efficiency and climate change as well as improving the competitiveness of the
farm and forestry sectors. Around a quarter of the farmland will come under
management contracts supporting biodiversity, 22 % will contribute to soil erosion
management and another 14 % of the agricultural land will be under contract to reduce
greenhouse gases and ammonia emissions. To improve the competitiveness of farmers,
125 farms will receive support to restructure or modernise their farms and almost 6 % of
farms will receive support for young farmers to launch their businesses. Investments in
basic services will be supported within the scope of the LEADER Local Action Groups
whose Local Development Strategies will cover 17 % of the rural population and create
50 additional jobs. Around 8 % of the rural population will also benefit from new or
improved broadband infrastructure.
Support for Rural Development is the 2nd Pillar of the Common Agricultural Policy,
providing Member States with an envelope of EU funding to manage nationally or
regionally under multi-annual, co-funded programmes. In total, 118 programmes are
foreseen in all 28 Member States. The new RD Regulation for the period 2014-2020
addresses six economic, environmental and social priorities, and programmes contain
clear targets setting out what is to be achieved. Moreover, in order to coordinate actions
better and maximise synergies with the other European Structural & Investment Funds
(ESIF), a Partnership Agreement has been agreed with each Member State, highlighting
its broad strategy for EU-funded structural investment. The Partnership Agreement for
Italy was approved on 29 October 2014.
This document provides a brief overview of how the challenges and opportunities Bolzano
is facing are addressed by the RDP. In the annex, a table indicates the priorities and
focus areas each with their specific targets, and their allocated budgets.

1. SITUATION AND KEY CHALLENGES
In Italy, rural development is implemented through 22 separate RDPs – one at national
level and 21 regional RDPs. In addition, the National Rural Network Programme provides
the funding for the networking of rural development actors in Italy.
Bolzano, entirely located in the Alps, covers an area of 7 400 km², of which 92 % is
classified as rural areas with a number of complex development problems. Of the total
area, agricultural land covers 40 %, while forests cover 48 %. Bolzano has 477 000
inhabitants and most people live in rural areas. The employment rate is 72%, while the
unemployment rate is 4.4 % (2012). Agriculture employs 5% of all people employed.
Only 8% of the utilized agricultural area (UAA) is used for fruit and wine production
(around 23 000 ha out of a total UAA of 267 500 ha), however it has a strategic
importance in the province’s economy. More than 50% of the gross marketable
production in the province comes from this sector. In Bolzano fruit is cultivated on 18
600 ha, of which all but 100 ha are planted with apple trees.
Bolzano’s main challenges derive from its geographical situation. With the whole territory
classified as mountainous, farming is taking place under very difficult conditions, mainly
in areas with natural constraints. Further environmental challenges in Bolzano are
related to the need for a shift towards an innovative and sustainable agriculture and in
particular the adaptation of agriculture and forestry to climate change.

2. HOW BOLZANO’S RDP WILL ADDRESS THESE CHALLENGES
In addressing these challenges, Bolzano’s RDP will fund operations under all six Rural
Development priorities – with a particular emphasis on Restoring, preserving and
enhancing ecosystems related to agriculture and forestry as well as Promoting resource
efficiency and supporting the shift towards a low carbon and climate resilient economy in
agriculture, food and forestry sectors. The focus of each priority is explained briefly
below.
Knowledge transfer and innovation in agriculture, forestry and rural areas
Knowledge transfer system (workshops, demonstration activities, information actions and
farm exchanges) will be developed through specific training courses addressed to
farmers, focusing on topics such as climate change and sustainable agriculture. The
programme pays particular attention to the training of new entrepreneurs, especially
young farmers. Innovation is considered important and it is promoted via co-operation
projects and information and knowledge transfer between the agri-food sector,
researchers and other stakeholders. 6 co-operation projects will be established, including
support for Operational Groups under the European Innovation Partnership, while there
will be 1 330 places in training courses.
Competitiveness of agri sector and sustainable forestry
With regard to support to farm investments and modernisation, priority is given to
undertakings with innovative potential, projects of young farmers and sustainable forest
management. Support is targeted to dairy farms, with 125 farms receiving RDP support
for investments in restructuring or modernisation and almost 6 % of farms receiving
support for young farmers to launch their businesses.
Food chain organisation, including processing and marketing of agricultural products,
animal welfare and risk management in agriculture
Primary producers will receive support for investments in products that are linked to
approved quality schemes from the Province’s own resources; however the RDP will
contribute to the investments by funding the modernisation of dairy farms and by
encouraging farmers to participate in cooperation projects that develop short supply
chains and local markets. The province plans to support 20 investment projects in farms
and in the processing and marketing of agricultural products.
Restoring, preserving and enhancing ecosystems related to agriculture and forestry
Under this priority, Bolzano will focus on environment/climate-friendly farm investments
and investments in more resilient forest ecosystems. Around 26 % of the agricultural
land will be under management contracts supporting biodiversity, 5.5 % under contracts
to improve water management and another 22 % will contribute to soil erosion
management.
Around 60% of the allocated EAFRD amount will be used for area-based payments to
farmers for using environment/climate friendly land management practices, including
organic farming and to areas facing natural constraints.
Resource efficiency and climate
This priority aims to support the shift towards a low carbon and climate-resilient
economy in agriculture and forestry and it will be supported through area-based
payments. Around 14 % of agricultural land is targeting the reduction of greenhouse
gases and ammonia emissions and 8 % of agricultural and forest land will come under
management contracts to contribute to carbon sequestration or conservation.
Social inclusion and local development in rural areas
This priority is implemented mainly by the bottom up approach through Local
Development Strategies drawn up by the expected 4 LEADER Local Action Groups
(LAGs). Basic services will be improved for 0,19% of the rural population. Around 2.43 %
of the rural population will also benefit from new or improved broadband infrastructure
thanks to investments under this priority. Local Development Strategies, which cover 17
% of the rural population, will create 50 additional jobs.
The four biggest RDP measures in budgetary terms (total public funding) are:
o € 117 million allocated to measure 13 (Areas with natural and specific constraints)
o € 100 million allocated to measure 10 (Agro-environment-climate)
o € 48 million allocated to measure 4 (Investments in physical assets)
o € 25 million allocated to measure 6 (Farm and business development)

Factsheet on 2014-2020 Rural Development Programme for
Emilia-Romagna

The Rural Development Programme (RDP) for Emilia-Romagna was formally adopted by
the European Commission on 26 May 2015, outlining the priorities of Emilia-Romagna for
using the nearly € 1.19 billion of public money that is available for the 7-year period
2014-2020 (nearly € 513 million from the EU budget and € 676 million of national cofunding).

Emilia Romagna’s RDP is putting almost equal emphasis on the four priorities related to
competitiveness, food chain organisation, restoring, preserving and enhancing
ecosystems and resource efficiency and climate. The region will support 870 investment
projects to restructure or modernise farms and over 1 500 young farmers will be granted
business start-up aid. Over 19 000 places will be made available in training courses. In
the food chain, more than 1 500 projects will receive support to increase and stabilise the
profitability of primary producers as well as modernise production processes and support
quality production. Nearly 21 % of the agricultural land will be under management
contracts supporting biodiversity, 16% for water management and 15% for soil
management. Almost 75 000 ha will receive support related to organic farming and
around 6.5% of all farmland and forest will come under management contracts targeting
reduction of greenhouse gas and ammonia emissions
Support for Rural Development is the 2nd Pillar of the Common Agricultural Policy,
providing Member States with an envelope of EU funding to manage nationally or
regionally under multi-annual, co-funded programmes. In total, 118 programmes are
foreseen in all 28 Member States. The new RD Regulation for the period 2014-2020
addresses six economic, environmental and social priorities, and programmes contain
clear targets setting out what is to be achieved. Moreover, in order to coordinate actions
better and maximise synergies with the other European Structural & Investment Funds
(ESIF), a Partnership Agreement has been agreed with each Member State highlighting
its broad strategy for EU-funded structural investment. The Partnership Agreement for
Italy was approved on 29 October 2014.
This document provides a brief overview of how the challenges and opportunities that
Emilia-Romagna is facing are addressed by the RDP. In the annex, a table indicates the
priorities and focus areas each with their specific targets, and their allocated budgets.

1. SITUATION AND KEY CHALLENGES
In Italy rural development is implemented through 22 separate RDPs – one at national
level and 21 regional RDPs (including “less developed”, “transition” and “more
developed” regions). In addition, the National Rural Network Programme provides the
funding for the networking of rural development actors in Italy.
Emilia-Romagna is categorised as a “more developed” region. It covers an area of 22 446
km², of which 90 % is rural.
The utilized agricultural area (UAA) is just above 1 million ha (approximately 47% of the
territory; one of the largest shares in Italy); 78% of farmland is used for arable crops.
Organic farming covers just 3.3% of the farmland (below the 5% Italian average). The
number of livestock units is just above 1.2 million (12% of the Italian total and third in
Italy after Lombardy and Veneto). Moreover, more than 42 % of the total Italian
turnover from quality agricultural products (PDO and PGI) is generated in this region.
One of the better performing Italian regions, Emilia-Romagna has an employment rate of
67.6 % while unemployment is at 7.1 % (2012). However, youth unemployment is at
26.4 %. Female participation to the work force is approximately 10% lower than figures
for male population, with a gap of almost 15% in rural areas.
Areas classified as less-favoured mountain areas cover 36.7 % of the territory and
forests cover 28% of the total land area. There are around 74 000 farms, with an
average of 15.4 ha and 15.5 livestock units per farm.
The main environmental issues relate to the externalities of intensive farming in the plain
areas and of animal husbandry (75% of all farming in the region is high and medium
intensity). The chief environmental challenges are the high concentration of nitrates and
phosphorus in freshwater and groundwater and soil erosion.

2. HOW THE EMILIA-ROMAGNA RDP WILL ADDRESS THESE CHALLENGES
In addressing these challenges, Emilia Romagna’s RDP will fund action under all six Rural
Development priorities with an almost equal emphasis on the four priorities related to
competitiveness, food chain organisation, restoring, preserving and enhancing
ecosystems and resource efficiency and climate. The focus of each priority is explained
briefly below.
Knowledge transfer and innovation in agriculture, forestry and rural areas
Knowledge transfer and innovation actions will be put in place to increase the economic
and environmental performance of agricultural holdings, as well as for the development
of rural areas.
Over 19 000 places will be made available in training courses and the programme will
give farmers access to advisory services on topics related to the RDP priorities. The
region is planning to help launch more than 360 co-operation projects of which 116 will
be Operational Groups under the European Innovation Partnership.
Competitiveness of agri sector and sustainable forestry
Support will be targeted process and product innovation in farms as well as agroindustrial
and forestry holdings. The objective is to improve output and product quality,
combined with a reduction of production costs. Similarly important are the reinforcement
of environmental sustainability, energy efficiency and corporate ethical responsibility in
the supported holdings. For the forestry sector, investments will mainly go to
infrastructure projects to facilitate the use of harvested wood products. The RDP will
support the diversification of farms in order to create new income opportunities, for
instance through the valorisation of agricultural by-products and waste. Opportunities for
social farming are also available, in particular in peri-urban areas.
To reach these objectives, the region will support 870 investment projects to restructure
or modernise farms and over 1 500 young farmers will be granted business start-up aid.
Food chain organisation, including processing and marketing of agricultural products,
animal welfare and risk management in agriculture
Under this priority, the region wishes to grant support to integrated projects in the
supply chain. The objective is to increase and stabilise the profitability of primary
producers but the modernisation of production processes and support for quality
production are also given priority. The region wants to encourage “from farm to fork”
approaches and various forms of association in agriculture in order to reduce costs and
improve the marketing of products. To reach these objectives, around 1 500 investment
projects will be supported for total public cost of 200 million euros.
Restoring, preserving and enhancing ecosystems related to agriculture and forestry
Under this priority, Emilia Romagna wants to safeguard water quality through the
promotion of agricultural production techniques that reduce pressure on the
environment, combating erosion in hills and mountain areas and enhancing soil organic
matter. The programme also proposes actions for the sustainable management of
ecosystems and habitats, for preventing agricultural land abandonment and preserving
plant and animal agricultural biodiversity. In order to achieve these objectives, the region
also aims at strengthening collective approaches at local level.
Nearly 21 % of the agricultural land will be under management contracts supporting
biodiversity, 16% under management contracts supporting water management and 15%
of the agricultural land will be under management contracts supporting soil management.
Over 7 000 hectares will receive support to convert to organic farming and another 67
500 ha to maintain organic production.
Resource efficiency and climate
The actions proposed for climate change mitigation and adaptation refer to promoting the
rational use of water resources, the development of bioenergy and the use of agricultural
and agro-industrial by-products, reducing emissions from agro-industrial activities and
increasing carbon sequestration through forestry actions.
Investments in agricultural holdings with environmental purposes will amount to € 58.4
million of public expenditure. Farmers will receive support to switch to a more efficient
irrigation system, covering more than 3 700 ha. The region also expects that by investing
€ 20 million of public money in renewable energy production, it will raise another € 23
million of private funding. Finally, around 6.5% of all farmland and forest will come under
management contracts targeting reduction of greenhouse gas and ammonia emissions.
Social inclusion and local development in rural areas
The main actions refer to fostering local development in rural areas and broadband
internet deployment (including the development of ICT-services). The grassroots action
of Local Action Groups (LAGs) is vital for social inclusion and the availability of care
services in less developed rural areas.
More than 110 beneficiaries will receive support for investments in non-agricultural
activities in rural areas, while basic services will be improved for more than 6% of the
rural population. Around 5.4 % of the rural population will also benefit from new or
improved broadband infrastructure thanks to investments under this priority, which will
focus on areas of sparse population density.
Local Development Strategies, which cover 17 % of the rural population, will create 111
additional jobs.
The four largest RDP measures in budgetary terms (total public funding) are:
o € 150 million allocated to Measure 4 (Investments in physical assets)
o € 75 million allocated to Measure 10 (Agri-environment-climate)
o € 45 million allocated to Measure 6 (Farm and business development)
o € 43 million allocated to Measure 11 (Organic farming)

Factsheet on 2014-2020 Rural Development Programme for
Liguria

The Rural Development Programme (RDP) for Liguria was formally adopted by the
European Commission on 6 October 2015, outlining Liguria’s priorities for using the
€ 314 million of public money that is available for the 7-year period 2014-2020
(€ 135 million from the EU budget and € 179 million of national co-funding).
Liguria’s RDP puts particular emphasis on actions related to improving the
competitiveness of the farm and forestry sectors and on restoring, preserving and
enhancing ecosystems. Some 12% of the agricultural land is expected to come under
management contracts supporting better water management, 15% of the agricultural
land will be under contracts to improve soil management and more than 13% of
agricultural land will come under management contracts supporting biodiversity. To
improve the competitiveness of farmers, over 1 450 farms will receive support to
restructure or modernise their farms and around 560 young farmers will be granted
business start-up aid. In this regard, particular emphasis is put on innovation when
selecting operations and more than 6% of RDP public expenditure is earmarked to
actions that foster innovation, cooperation and the development of the knowledge base.
Liguria will also implement the European Innovation Partnership to help deliver
innovative solutions to the farm sector. Finally, Liguria’s RDP will contribute to social
inclusion and economic development in rural areas with over 58% of the rural population
covered by local development strategies, and it will provide better broadband access to
more than 16% of the rural population in less developed rural area.
Support for Rural Development is the 2nd Pillar of the Common Agricultural Policy,
providing Member States with an envelope of EU funding to manage nationally or
regionally under multi-annual, co-funded programmes. In total, 118 programmes are
foreseen in all 28 Member States. The new RD Regulation for the period 2014-2020
addresses six economic, environmental and social priorities, and programmes contain
clear targets setting out what is to be achieved. Moreover, in order to coordinate actions
better and maximise synergies with the other European Structural & Investment Funds
(ESIF), a Partnership Agreement has been agreed with each Member State highlighting
its broad strategy for EU-funded structural investment.
This document provides a brief overview of how the challenges and opportunities Liguria
is facing are addressed by the RDP. In the annex, a table indicates the priorities and
focus areas each with their specific targets, and their allocated budgets.

1. SITUATION AND KEY CHALLENGES
In Italy, rural development is implemented through 22 separate RDPs – one at national
level and 21 regional RDPs (including “less developed”, “transition” and “more
developed” regions). In addition, the National Rural Network Programme provides the
funding for the networking of rural development actors in Italy.
Liguria is a region located in the North-West of Italy, classified as a more developed
region. It covers a total area of 5 420 km2
of which agricultural land covers 16% (8%
UAA) and forestry more than 60%. In the region almost 94% of the total area is
classified as rural, almost 90% of which is currently considered Less Favoured Areas.
Liguria has more than 1.5 million inhabitants of whom 54.2% live the rural area. The
unemployment rate is 9.9% (2013) and there is a high rate of elderly in the population
(28%).
In Liguria the farm sector is facing structural changes. The average size of the more than
20 000 farms is 2.6 hectares and only less than 3% of farms are over 10 hectares. The
regional Utilised Agricultural Area is around 40 000 hectares, 50% of which is covered by
grassland and pastures. Farmers mainly produce flowers and plants (counting for more
than 70% of the agriculture gross marketable production of the region), vegetables, olive
oil, wine, and animal products.
More than 40% of the energy produced by the region is from renewable sources, but
energy production from biomass is very limited even if constantly increasing.
Nature is very important in Liguria. There are 104 Natura2000 sites covering 25.8% of
the regional area, for which plans will be completed during 2017. The main
environmental challenges to be tackled are landslides, soil erosion and forest fires.

2. HOW LIGURIA’S RDP WILL ADDRESS THESE CHALLENGES
In addressing these challenges, Liguria’s RDP will fund operations under all six Rural
Development priorities, with a particular emphasis on Improving the competitiveness of
the farm and forestry sectors as well as Restoring, preserving and enhancing ecosystems
related to agriculture and forestry and Promoting social inclusion and economic
development in rural areas. The focus of each priority is explained briefly below.
Knowledge transfer and innovation in agriculture, forestry and rural areas
The Region attaches importance to this priority, allocating more than 6% of the budget
to this priority. It aims to boost interest in training and advisory initiatives. Knowledge
transfer will address the training, coaching, information and advisory needs of the
agricultural, food and forestry sectors as well other land holder and SMEs in rural areas,
in particular related to sustainable agricultural and forestry practices, regulatory issues,
innovation and technology, quality products and diversification. Almost 3 900 places will
be made available in training courses. Innovation is also an important element: 88
projects will be supported to strengthen the link between agriculture, food and forestry
sectors and research and the programme will implement the European Innovation
Partnership.
Competitiveness of agri sector and sustainable forestry
Given the ageing farmer population and the very small size of farms, the RDP will
support the start-up of 558 young farmers and investments and modernisation in more
than 1450 farms, with a specific emphasis on innovation as a means to increase
competitiveness. The sustainability of agricultural production is taken into account also
by promoting a rational use of water resources and an efficient use of renewable energy
resources through investments
Food chain organisation, including processing and marketing of agricultural products,
animal welfare and risk management in agriculture
Under this priority, Liguria will support the promotion of quality products and the
participation of farmers in quality schemes: the RDP is expected to support 871 farms to
participate in quality schemes. The RDP will also support the development and
strengthening of supply chains, including short supply chains and local markets, in order
to enlarge the market for regional products and ensure a higher added value to the
farmer’s production resulting in a higher income for the farmer. Cooperation and supply
chain projects will also be financed for this purpose.
Restoring, preserving and enhancing ecosystems related to agriculture and forestry
Under this priority, Liguria will focus on environment-friendly farm investments and
management procedures, with a particular emphasis on quality of water: 11.6% of
agricultural land will be under contracts to improve water management. The problem of
water erosion will be tackled by placing 15.1% of the agricultural land and more than
1 100 hectares of forest land under management contracts combating soil erosion.
Moreover more than 13% of agricultural land and 12 000 hectares of forestry land will be
under management contracts supporting biodiversity.
Almost 20% of the allocated EAFRD amount will be used for area-based payments to
farmers for using environment/climate-friendly land management practices, including
organic farming, support to areas facing natural constraints and support to areas under
Natura2000 management. Almost 2 600 hectares of farmland will receive support to
either convert or maintain organic farming.
Resource efficiency and climate
Under this priority, RDP Liguria will pursue carbon conservation and sequestration mainly
by supporting the prevention and restoration of damage to forest, the improvement of
the resilience and environmental value of forest ecosystems, as well as their
conservation, also by encouraging environmentally and climate friendly forest
conservation services.
The region also expects investments of almost € 7.2 million of public and private funds in
renewable energy production.
Social inclusion and local development in rural areas
RDP Liguria pays particular attention to social inclusion and economic development in
rural areas, promoting it through support for farm and business development including
also technological and ITC activities and services, and through the provision of basic
services and village renewal in rural areas, including welfare and social care services. In
this context, broadband investments in less developed rural area is given priority.
Moreover, Local Development Strategies will be implemented through 5 LEADER Local
Action Groups and will cover almost 59 % of the rural population.
Thanks to the operations programmed under this priority, 94 additional jobs will be
created, and 16.5% of the rural population in rural areas will benefit from new or
improved broadband services/infrastructures.
The four biggest RDP measures in budgetary terms (total public funding) are:
o € 84 million allocated to measure 4 (Investments in physical assets)
o € 48 million allocated to measure 8 (Investments in forest area development and
improvement of the viability of forests)
o € 30 million allocated to measure 13 (Payments to areas facing natural or other
constraints)
o € 27 million allocated to measure 6 (Farm / business development)

Factsheet on 2014-2020 Rural Development Programme
for Friuli Venezia Giulia

The Rural Development Programme (RDP) for Friuli Venezia Giulia was formally adopted
by the European Commission on 24 September 2015, outlining the Region’s priorities for
using the € 296 million of public money that is available for the 7-year period 2014-2020
(€ 128 million from the EU budget and € 168 million of national co-funding).
The RDP for Friuli Venezia Giulia puts particular emphasis on improving the
competitiveness of agriculture and primary producers, as well as on restoring, preserving
and enhancing ecosystems. Over 900 agricultural holdings will receive investment
support to restructure and modernise their farms. Apart from improving competitiveness,
these investments will also contribute to enhancing the environmental performance
and mitigating climate change. The level of investments will also get a boost thanks to
the introduction of a specific financial instrument, a loan-fund supporting projects
for farm restructuring / farm modernisation and for the processing/marketing
of agricultural products. 20 000 hectares of agricultural land will be under
agri-environment-climate contracts supporting biodiversity, soil and water management.
The region will reduce the administrative burden on beneficiaries by using a simplified
system of standard costs for declaring expenses under certain investment measures.
Support for Rural Development is the 2nd Pillar of the Common Agricultural Policy,
providing Member States with an envelope of EU funding to manage nationally or
regionally under multi-annual, co-funded programmes. In total, 118 programmes are
foreseen in all 28 Member States. The new RD Regulation for the period 2014-2020
addresses six economic, environmental and social priorities, and programmes contain
clear targets setting out what is to be achieved. Moreover, in order to coordinate actions
better and maximise synergies with the other European Structural & Investment Funds
(ESIF), a Partnership Agreement has been agreed with each Member State highlighting
its broad strategy for EU-funded structural investment.
In Italy, rural development is implemented through 22 separate RDPs – one at national
level and 21 regional RDPs (including “less developed”, “transition” and “more
developed” regions). In addition, the National Rural Network Programme provides the
funding for the networking of rural development actors in Italy.
This document provides a brief overview of how the challenges and opportunities that
Friuli Venezia Giulia is facing are addressed by the RDP. In the annex, a table indicates
the priorities and focus areas each with their specific targets, and their allocated budgets.

1. SITUATION AND KEY CHALLENGES
Friuli Venezia Giulia is situated in the north-east of the country and bordering Veneto,
Austria, Slovenia and the Adriatic Sea. It covers a total area of 7 858 km2
and has a
population of 1.2 million people. The region is mostly rural and Utilised Agricultural Area
(UAA) covers 28% of the territory. Despite the general good level of economic indicators
in terms of employment rate and revenue per-capita, rural areas and especially mountain
areas are affected by increasing depopulation and an ageing population as well as by an
increasing need for basic services and social services.
22 320 agricultural holdings operate in the region, covering a UAA of 218 443 ha. The
average farm size is 10 ha (national average 8 ha). Farm structure is fragmented, with
62% of farm holders practicing agricultures only part-time. Agriculture represents 1.2%
of the total regional added value. Average farming revenues are 2 426 €/ha. Agriculture
employs 3.26% of total employed people (national average 3.8%). Only 4% of farm
holders are less than 35 years old and only 4% have a high school degree in agronomics.
The UAA is mainly used for arable crops and pasture. 29% of the UAA is irrigated. Only
0.92% of the UAA is under organic production (9% in Italy). Forests cover 41% of the
territory and tend to expand due to the abandonment of agriculture. 60% of forests are
used for wood production.
The region is characterised by intensive farming, which results in relatively high levels of
nitrates and ammonia emissions. More than 45% of farm land is cultivated with high
input intensity (especially fertilisers). 44% of the UAA is in Nitrate Vulnerable Zones.
Natural conditions as well as farming practices are responsible for a high risk of soil
compaction and erosion. Natural disasters such as landslide and flooding are increasingly
frequent.
Intensive agriculture and animal husbandry have a significant impact on the region’s
natural resources and air quality. The Farmland Bird Index has decreased by 54% in the
last 12 years. HNV farming is also below the national average. 18% of water bodies have
a bad quality status also due to nitrate pollution from agriculture. The agriculture and
animal husbandry sectors are responsible for 98% of the ammonia emissions in the
region. A forth of the regional territory is concerned by a high level of hydrogeological
risk.

2. HOW THE RDP OF FRIULI VENEZIA GIULIA WILL ADDRESS THESE CHALLENGES
In addressing the challenges, the RDP of Friuli Venezia Giulia will fund operations under
all six Rural Development priorities, – with a particular emphasis on improving the
competitiveness of agriculture, as well as on restoring, preserving and
enhancing ecosystems. The focus of each priority is explained briefly below.
Knowledge transfer and innovation in agriculture, forestry and rural areas
€ 6.9 million will be used for advisory services to improve farmers’ management skills
from a technical, economic and environmental point of view, allowing them to become
more innovative. 2 300 farmers will also benefit from training and information activities
with the same objective. 29 cooperation projects, 9 of which under the European
Innovation Partnership, will strengthen the link between research and the agriculture,
food and forestry sectors.
Competitiveness of agri sector and sustainable forestry
900 farmers will receive support for investments in farm restructuring/modernisation,.
Such investments will also contribute to the environment and climate change mitigation.
The region will also establish a loan-fund to further support investments in farm
restructuring/modernisation. In addition, the RDP will support the start-up of 250 young
farmers.
Food chain organisation, including processing and marketing of agricultural products,
animal welfare and risk management in agriculture
57 beneficiaries will receive support with the aim to strengthen the food chain
organisation, including the processing and marketing of agricultural products. These
investments will also contribute indirectly to improve the environmental performance and
mitigate climate change. The region will also establish a loan-fund to further support
investments in processing/marketing of agricultural products. Furthermore, the RDP will
support the entry of some 340 farmers in quality systems.
Restoring, preserving and enhancing ecosystems related to agriculture and forestry
20 000 ha of agricultural land is expected to come under agri-environment-climate
contracts supporting the conservation of biodiversity, soil and water quality. In particular,
2 900 ha of farmland will receive support to either convert or maintain organic farming.
In addition, farmers will be supported to maintain agricultural activities on 20 000 ha
in mountain areas.
Resource efficiency and climate
The RDP will pursue carbon conservation and sequestration by supporting specific
agri-environment-climate practices on 800 ha of agricultural land as well as through the
afforestation of 3 000 ha. The region also expects investments of € 16.5 million of public
and private funds in renewable energy production.
Social inclusion and local development in rural areas
Social and economic development in rural areas will be promoted through support to the
preparation and implementation of Local Development Strategies by 5 LEADER Local
Action Groups, which will cover over 235 000 people. 40 000 people will also benefit from
investments in new or improved broadband infrastructures.
The four biggest RDP measures in budgetary terms (total public funding) are:
o € 94 million allocated to measure 4 (Investments in physical assets)
o € 40 million allocated to measure 13 (Areas facing natural constraints)
o € 29 million allocated to measure 10 (Agro-environment-climate)
o € 24 million allocated to measure 8 (Forestry).

Factsheet on 2014-2020 Rural Development Programme for
Lombardia

The Rural Development Programme (RDP) for Lombardia was formally adopted
by the European Commission on 15 July 2015, outlining Lombardia’s priorities for using
the € 1.2 billion of public money that is available for the 7-year period 2014-2020
(€ 499 million from the EU budget and € 659 million of national co-funding).
Lombardia’s RDP puts particular emphasis on improving the competitiveness
of agriculture and primary producers, as well as on restoring, preserving
and enhancing ecosystems. Some 3 200 beneficiaries will receive investment support
to restructure and modernise their farms or in the processing and marketing
of agricultural products. Apart from improving competitiveness, these investments
will also contribute to enhancing the environmental performance and mitigating
climate change. Investments will also be boosted thanks to the use of a specific
financial instrument, a loan-fund supporting projects for the processing/marketing
of agricultural products. More than 100 000 hectares of agricultural land will be under
agri-environment-climate contracts supporting biodiversity, soil and water management,
while a further 110 000 hectares of farmland in mountain areas will be supported.
The region will reduce the administrative burden on beneficiaries by using a simplified
system of standard costs for declaring expenses under certain investment measures.
Support for Rural Development is the 2nd Pillar of the Common Agricultural Policy,
providing Member States with an envelope of EU funding to manage nationally or
regionally under multi-annual, co-funded programmes. In total, 118 programmes are
foreseen in all 28 Member States. The new RD Regulation for the period 2014-2020
addresses six economic, environmental and social priorities, and programmes contain
clear targets setting out what is to be achieved. Moreover, in order to coordinate actions
better and maximise synergies with the other European Structural & Investment Funds
(ESIF), a Partnership Agreement has been agreed with each Member State highlighting
its broad strategy for EU-funded structural investment.
This document provides a brief overview of how the challenges and opportunities
Lombardia is facing are addressed by the RDP. In the annex, a table indicates the
priorities and focus areas each with their specific targets, and their allocated budgets.

1. SITUATION AND KEY CHALLENGES
In Italy, rural development is implemented through 22 separate RDPs – one at national
level and 21 regional RDPs (including “less developed”, “transition” and “more
developed” regions). In addition, the National Rural Network Programme provides the
funding for the networking of rural development actors in Italy.
Lombardia is the most populous Italian region. Situated in the north of the country, it
covers a total area of 23 863 km2
, of which 23% is rural, 43% intermediate and 34%
urban. Agriculture accounts for 41% of the total area and forests 26%. 9.8 million people
live in Lombardy (one sixth of Italy’s population) with a density more than twice the
national average. The employment rate is 65% – 78% for men and 60% for women –
compared with the national average of 57%. The unemployment rate is 7.5% (27% for
the population aged 15-24 years old). Agriculture employs 1.5% of total employed
people (national average 3.8%), relative to services 66% and industry 32%. Over 21%
of Italian GDP is produced in the Region, and Lombardia’s GDP per-capita (33 066 €) is
29% higher than the national average (25 729 €).
Lombardia is characterised by a specialised intensive agriculture and animal husbandry.
More than 53 000 farms are active in the region (3.4% of national total), with a total
Utilised Agricultural Area (UAA) of 986 825 ha (7.7% of national total) and 7.4 billion € of
standard output (15% of national total). The average farm size is around 18 hectares
compared to the national average of 8 hectares, while the average farm standard output
is 136 000 € (national average 30 500 €). These values are considerably higher in plain
areas (characterised by intensive agriculture and breeding) than in hill and mountain
areas. Only 2% of the UAA is under organic production (9% in Italy). 58% of the UAA
is irrigated (19% for Italy). The UAA is mainly used for arable crops, especially
in the plains, and for permanent feed crops in the mountains. Cereals occupy a relevant
part of the arable land, especially maize, rice (40% of national production) and wheat.
The fruits and vegetables sector is also relevant and expanding. Animal husbandry
(mainly beef and pig) accounts for 63% of the agricultural production value in the region
and for 26% of the total Italian animal husbandry production value (33% for milk
products). The regional food sector accounts for 11% of the total national holdings and
18% of the total national employees.
Intensive agriculture and animal husbandry have a significant impact on the regional
natural resources and air quality. The Farmland Bird Index has decreased by 54% in the
last 12 years. HNV farming is also below the national average. 18% of water bodies have
a bad quality status also due to nitrate pollution from agriculture. The agriculture and
animal husbandry sectors are responsible for 98% of the ammonia emissions. A forth of
the regional territory is concerned by a high level of hydrogeological risk.

2. HOW LOMBARDIA’S RDP WILL ADDRESS THESE CHALLENGES
In addressing the challenges, Lombardia’s RDP will fund operations under all six Rural
Development priorities, – with a particular emphasis on improving the competitiveness
of agriculture, as well as on restoring, preserving and enhancing ecosystems. The focus
of each priority is explained briefly below.
Knowledge transfer and innovation in agriculture, forestry and rural areas
€ 40.8 million will be used in advisory services to improve farmers’ management skills
from a technical, economic and environmental point of view, allowing them to introduce
innovation in their activities. 4 730 farmers will also benefit from training and information
activities with the same objective. 75 cooperation projects, 25 of which under the
European Innovation Partnership, will strengthen the link between research and the
agriculture, food and forestry sectors.
Competitiveness of agri sector and sustainable forestry
2 100 farmers will receive support for investments in farm restructuring/modernisation,
with over € 420 million (public + private) invested in physical assets. Such investments
will also contribute to the environment and climate change mitigation. In addition, the
RDP will support the start-up of 1 270 young farmers.
Food chain organisation, including processing and marketing of agricultural products,
animal welfare and risk management in agriculture
€ 450 million (public + private) will be invested in physical assets for 1 115 beneficiaries,
with the aim of strengthening the food chain organisation, including processing and
marketing of agricultural products. These investments will also contribute indirectly to
improve the environmental performance and mitigate climate change. The region will
also establish a loan-fund to further support investments in processing/marketing of
agricultural products. Furthermore, the RDP will support the entry of 370 farmers in
quality systems.
Restoring, preserving and enhancing ecosystems related to agriculture and forestry
113 500 ha of agricultural land will be under agri-environment-climate contracts
supporting the conservation of biodiversity, soil and water quality. In particular,
10 000 ha of farmland will receive support to either convert or maintain organic farming.
In addition, farmers will be supported to maintain agricultural activities on 109 850 ha
in mountain areas. € 30 million will also be invested in the forestry sector under
this priority namely for the purpose of soil conservation.
Resource efficiency and climate
The RDP will pursue carbon conservation and sequestration by supporting specific
agri-environment-climate practices on 62 000 ha of agricultural land as well as
through the afforestation of 11 000 ha. 6 000 ha of agricultural land will also be under
agri-environment-climate contracts aimed at reduction emissions of greenhouse gas
and ammonia deriving from agriculture. The region also expects investments of over
€ 45 million of public and private funds in renewable energy production.
Social inclusion and local development in rural areas
Social and economic development in rural areas will be promoted through support to the
preparation and implementation of Local Development Strategies by 10 LEADER Local
Action Groups, which will cover 1 million people. 1.2 million people will also benefit from
investments in new or improved broadband infrastructures.
The four biggest RDP measures in budgetary terms (total public funding) are:
o € 409 million allocated to measure 4 (Investments in physical assets)
o € 240.3 million allocated to measure 10 (Agro-environment-climate)
o € 103.2 million allocated to measure 8 (Forestry)
o € 78 million allocated to measure 13 (Areas facing natural constraints)

Factsheet on 2014-2020 Rural Development Programme for
Marche

The Rural Development Programme (RDP) for Marche was formally adopted by the
European Commission on 28 July 2015, outlining Marche’s priorities for using the
€ 538 million of public money that is available for the 7-year period 2014-2020
(€ 232 million from the EU budget and € 306 million of national co-funding).
Marche’s RDP is putting particular emphasis on actions related to restoring, preserving
and enhancing ecosystems, improving the competitiveness of the farm and forestry
sectors and promoting social inclusion and economic development in rural areas. 13.9%
of the agricultural land is expected to come under management contracts supporting
better water management, nearly 14% of the agricultural land will be under contracts to
improve soil management and almost 15% of agricultural land and 1% of forestry land
will come under management contracts supporting biodiversity. Organic farming is also
important as almost 4 000 hectares will receive support to convert to organic farming
and another 38 000 ha to maintain organic production. To improve the competitiveness
of farmers, over 650 farms will receive support to restructure or modernise their farms
and 300 young farmers will be granted business start-up aid. In this regard, particular
emphasis is put on innovation when selecting operations and almost 8% of RDP public
expenditure is earmarked by actions that foster innovation, cooperation and the
development of the knowledge base. Marche will also implement the European
Innovation Partnership to help deliver innovative solutions to the farm sector. Finally,
Marche’s RDP will contribute to social inclusion and economic development in rural areas
with over 44% of the rural population covered by local development strategies, and new
or improved broadband infrastructure to 17% of the rural population in rural area.
Support for Rural Development is the 2nd Pillar of the Common Agricultural Policy,
providing Member States with an envelope of EU funding to manage nationally or
regionally under multi-annual, co-funded programmes. In total, 118 programmes are
foreseen in all 28 Member States. The new RD Regulation for the period 2014-2020
addresses six economic, environmental and social priorities, and programmes contain
clear targets setting out what is to be achieved. Moreover, in order to coordinate actions
better and maximise synergies with the other European Structural & Investment Funds
(ESIF), a Partnership Agreement has been agreed with each Member State highlighting
its broad strategy for EU-funded structural investment.
This document provides a brief overview of how the challenges and opportunities Marche
are facing are addressed by the RDP. In the annex, a table indicates the priorities and
focus areas each with their specific targets, and their allocated budgets.

1. SITUATION AND KEY CHALLENGES
In Italy, rural development is implemented through 22 separate RDPs – one at national
level and 21 regional RDPs (including “less developed”, “transition” and “more
developed” regions). In addition, the National Rural Network Programme provides the
funding for the networking of rural development actors in Italy.
Marche is a region of central Italy, classified as a more developed region. It covers a total
area of 9 401 km2
of which agricultural land covers 50.2% and forestry 34.7%. In the
region 95% of the total area is classified as rural, almost half of which is currently
considered Less Favoured Areas. Marche has about 1.5 million inhabitants of which
84.1% live the rural area. The unemployment rate is 11.1% (2013) and there is a high
rate of elderly in the population (23%).
In Marche the farm sector is facing structural changes. The average size of the nearly 45
000 farms is 10.5 hectares and 30% of farms are below 2 hectares. The regional Utilised
Agricultural Area is around 471 000 hectares. Farmers mainly produce cereals, fruits and
vegetables, wine, and animal products. The food industry, even if less specialised that in
other Italian regions, shows an interesting export growth rate. Almost 40% of the energy
produced by the region is from renewable sources, but the region is lagging behind in
terms of energy production from biomass.
Nature is very important in Marche – there are, for instance, 326 000 hectares of
forestry. In addition, there are 104 Natura2000 sites, whose plans will be completed
during 2015. The main environmental challenges to be tackled are landslides and soil
erosion.

2. HOW MARCHE’S RDP WILL ADDRESS THESE CHALLENGES
In addressing these challenges, Marche’s RDP will fund operations under all six Rural
Development priorities, with a particular emphasis on Restoring, preserving and
enhancing ecosystems related to agriculture and forestry as well as improving the
competitiveness of the farm and forestry sectors and promoting social inclusion and
economic development in rural areas. The focus of each priority is explained briefly
below.
Knowledge transfer and innovation in agriculture, forestry and rural areas
The Region is attaching huge importance to this priority (almost 8% of the resources
have been allocated to this priority). It aims to boost interest in training and advisory
initiatives. Knowledge transfer will address the training, coaching, information and
advisory needs of the agricultural, food and forestry sectors as well other land holder and
SMEs in rural areas, in particular related to sustainable agricultural and forestry
practices, regulatory issues, innovation and technology, quality products and
diversification. Almost 4 200 places will be made available in training courses.
An important element is innovation: 106 projects will be supported to strengthen the link
between agriculture, food and forestry sectors and research and the programme will
implement the European Innovation Partnership.
Competitiveness of agri sector and sustainable forestry
Given the ageing farmer population and the small size of farms, the RDP will support the
start-up of 300 young farmers and investments and modernisation in more than 650
farms, with a specific emphasis on innovation as a means to increase competitiveness.
The sustainability of agricultural production is taken into account also by promoting a
rational use of water resources and an efficient use of renewable energy resources
through investments
Food chain organisation, including processing and marketing of agricultural products,
animal welfare and risk management in agriculture
Under this priority, Marche will support the promotion of quality products and the
participation of farmers in quality schemes: the RDP is expected to support 306 farms to
participate in quality schemes. The RDP will also support the development and
strengthening of supply chains, including short supply chains and local markets, in order
to enlarge the market for regional products and ensure a higher added value to the
farmer’s production resulting in a higher income for the farmer. Cooperation and supply
chain projects will also be financed for this purpose.
Restoring, preserving and enhancing ecosystems related to agriculture and forestry
Under this priority, Marche will focus on environment-friendly farm investments and
management procedures, with a particular emphasis on quality of water: 13.9% of
agricultural land will be under contracts to improve water management. The problem of
water erosion will be tackled by placing almost 14% of the agricultural land under
management contracts combating soil erosion. Moreover almost 15% of agricultural land
and 1% of forestry land will be under management contracts supporting biodiversity.
Almost 33% of the allocated EAFRD amount will be used for area-based payments to
farmers for using environment/climate-friendly land management practices, including
organic farming, support to areas facing natural constraints and support to areas under
Natura2000 management. Over 42 000 hectares of farmland will receive support to
either convert or maintain organic farming.
Resource efficiency and climate
Under this priority, RDP Marche will pursue carbon conservation and sequestration mainly
by supporting afforestation, agroforestry systems, the prevention and restoration of
damage to forest, the improvement of the resilience and environmental value of forest
ecosystems, as well as their conservation, also by encouraging environmentally and
climate friendly forest conservation services.
The RDP will also pursue a higher efficiency of water use with 5.6% of irrigated land
switching to more efficient irrigation system The region also expects investments of
around € 6.8 million of public and private funds in renewable energy production.
Social inclusion and local development in rural areas
RDP Marche pays particular attention to social inclusion and economic development in
rural areas (17.6% of the resources have been allocated to this priority), which are
promoted by supporting farm and business development including also technological and
ITC activities and services, and to the provision of basic services and village renewal in
rural areas, including welfare and social care services.
Moreover, Local Development Strategies will be implemented through 6 LEADER Local
Action Groups and will cover more than 44% of the rural population.
Thanks to the operations programmed under this priority, 98 additional jobs will be
created, and 17% of the rural population in rural areas will benefit from new or improved
broadband services/infrastructures.
The four biggest RDP measures in budgetary terms (total public funding) are:
o € 122 million allocated to measure 4 (Investments in physical assets)
o € 80 million allocated to measure 11 (Organic)
o € 44.6 million allocated to measure 6 (Farm / business development)
o € 43 million allocated to measure 13 (Payments to areas facing natural or other
constraints).

Factsheet on 2014-2020 Rural Development Programme for Molise
The Rural Development Programme (RDP) for the Region of Molise was formally adopted
by the European Commission on 02 July 2015, outlining Molise’s priorities for using the
€ 210.47 million of public money that is available for the 7-year period from 2014-2020
(€ 101.02 million from the EU budget and € 109.45 million of national co-funding).
The RDP for Molise focuses mainly on three areas. As part of its efforts to preserve and
enhance ecosystem and resources efficiency and climate, around 200 000 hectares will
come under management contracts to improve biodiversity, water management and soil
quality. In order to improve the competitiveness of farmers, the region will support 200
investment projects to restructure and modernize farms and over 120 young farmers will
be granted business start-up aid. In addition to this, 63% of the rural population will
benefit from local strategies to improve living conditions in rural areas and around 60%
of the rural population will have better access to ICT infrastructure. The region will also
support the inclusion of around 110 farms in recognized EU and national quality schemes.
Support for Rural Development is the 2nd Pillar of the Common Agricultural Policy,
providing Member States with an envelope of EU funding to manage nationally or
regionally under multi-annual, co-funded programmes. In total, 118 programmes are
foreseen in all 28 Member States. The new RD Regulation for the period 2014-2020
addresses six economic, environmental and social priorities, and programmes contain
clear targets setting out what is to be achieved. Moreover, in order to coordinate actions
better and maximise synergies with the other European Structural & Investment Funds
(ESIF), a Partnership Agreement has been agreed with each Member State highlighting
its broad strategy for EU-funded structural investment. The Partnership Agreement of
Italy was approved on 29 October 2014.
This document provides a brief overview of how the challenges and opportunities Molise
is facing are addressed by the RDP. In the annex, a table indicates the priorities and
focus areas each with their specific targets, and their allocated budgets.

1. SITUATION AND KEY CHALLENGES
In Italy rural development is implemented through 22 separate RDPs – one at national
level and 21 regional RDPs. In addition, the National Rural Network Programme provides
the funding for the networking of rural development actors in Italy.
Molise is categorized as a region in transition. It covers an area of 4 438 km², of which
98% is rural. Of the 319 100 inhabitants, 80% live in rural areas. The average population
density is 70 inhabitants/km².
Of the total area, agricultural land covers 63% and forest 25%. The utilized agricultural
area (UAA) is around 200 000 ha. 72% of farm land is used for arable crops. The region’s
6 600 farms produce cereals (30%) as well as fruit and vegetable, olive-oil and wine.
Organic farming is still relatively low, covering only 3 230 ha (1.6% of UAA). Animal
husbandry is quite extensive in mountains. About 4 000 farms raise dairy cattle, sheep
and pork for meat and dairy.
Molise has an average employment rate of 50% (55% national average); unemployment
rate of 15.8% (year 2013) and the youth unemployment rate is 31.7%. Agriculture
contributes to the 4.4% of the added value produced in the region.
Natura 2000 covers 26% (119 000 ha) of the regional territory. Areas classified as lessfavoured
mountains areas cover 46% of the UAA.
The chief environmental challenges relate to soil erosion, water quality and biodiversity
protection.

2. HOW THE MOLISE’S RDP WILL ADDRESS THESE CHALLENGES
In addressing these challenges, Molise’s RDP will fund action under all of the six Rural
Development priorities – with a particular emphasis on competiveness (Priority 2),
environmental land management (Priority 4) and social inclusion (Priority 6). The focus of
each priority is explained briefly below.
Knowledge transfer and innovation in agriculture, forestry and rural areas
Knowledge transfer and innovation actions will be put in place to increase the economic
and environmental performance of farms, as well as for the development of rural areas
and ten percent of funds will be allocated to actions related to this priority.
Almost 600 places will be made available in training courses and the programme will give
farmers access to advisory services on topics related to the RDP priorities. The region is
planning to launch 18 co-operation projects.
Competitiveness of agri sector
Support will be targeted to process and product innovation in farms and agro-industrial
holdings. The objective is to improve output and product quality whilst reducing
production costs. Equally important is the improvement of environmental sustainability,
energy efficiency as well as rural infrastructure. The RDP will support the diversification
of farms in order to create new income opportunities, for instance through the
valorisation of agricultural by-products and waste.
To reach these objectives, the region will support 200 investment projects to restructure
or modernise farms and over 120 young farmers will be granted business start-up aid
Food chain organisation, including processing and marketing of agricultural products,
animal welfare and risk management in agriculture
Under this priority, the region wishes to grant support to integrated projects in the
supply chain. The objective is to increase and stabilise the profitability of primary
production and give priority to the modernisation of production processes and support for
quality production. The region wants to encourage “from farm to fork” approaches and
various forms of association in agriculture in order to reduce costs and improve the
marketing of products. To reach these objectives, around 300 investment projects will
receive support..
Restoring, preserving and enhancing ecosystems related to agriculture and forestry
Under this priority, Molise will safeguard water quality through the promotion of
agricultural production techniques that reduce pressure on the environment, combat
erosion in hills and mountain areas and improve soil organic matter. The programme also
proposes actions for the sustainable management of ecosystems and habitats, for
preventing agricultural land abandonment and preserving plant and animal agricultural
biodiversity.
13 % of the agricultural land will be under management contracts supporting
biodiversity, 17% under management contracts supporting water management and 13%
of the agricultural land will be under management contracts supporting soil management.
Over 8 300 hectares will receive support to convert to organic farming and another 6 700
ha to maintain organic production.
Resource efficiency and climate
The actions proposed for climate change mitigation and adaptation will target around
12 000 hectares of agricultural land and forestry. The programme will support the
development of bioenergy and the use of agricultural and agro-industrial by-products,
reducing emissions from agro-industrial activities and increasing carbon sequestration
through forestry.
Investments in agricultural holdings with environmental purposes will also contribute
indirectly to climate change mitigation and adaptation.
Social inclusion and local development in rural areas
The main actions refer to fostering local development in rural areas and broadband
internet deployment (including the development of ICT-services). More than 80
beneficiaries will receive support for investments in non-agricultural activities in rural
areas, while basic services will be improved for almost half of the rural population.
Local Development Strategies (LEADER), which covers 63 % of the rural population
(161 000 inhabitants), will create 77 additional jobs and around 60 % of the rural
population will have better access to ICT infrastructure.
The four biggest RDP measures in budgetary terms (total public funding) are:
o € 55 million allocated to M4 (investments in physical assets)
o € 30 million allocated to M7 (Basic services)
o € 23.8 million allocated to M13 (ANC)
o € 18 million allocated to M11 (Organic farming).

Factsheet on 2014-2020 Rural Development Programme for
Sardinia

The Rural Development Programme (RDP) for Sardinia was formally adopted by the
European Commission on 19 August 2015, outlining Sardinia priorities for using the
nearly € 1.3 billion of public money that is available for the 7-year period 2014-2020
(over € 628 million from the EU budget, including nearly € 700 million of national cofunding).
Sardinia’s RDP is putting particular emphasis on environment-climate-friendly farm
investments and on actions related to restoring, preserving and enhancing ecosystem.
Nearly 17% of the agricultural land will be under management contracts supporting
biodiversity, 15% under contracts to improve water management and another 19%
under contracts to improve soil management. Animal welfare is also high on the agenda.
Over 1 870 holding will receive investment support to restructure and modernise, 1 120
young farmers will receive support to launch their business and the region will implement
the European Innovation Partnership to help deliver innovative solutions for the farm
sector. In addition Sardinia’s RDP will contribute to social inclusion and economic
development in rural areas with 40% of the rural population covered by local
development strategies.
Support for Rural Development is the 2nd Pillar of the Common Agricultural Policy,
providing Member States with an envelope of EU funding to manage nationally or
regionally under multi-annual, co-funded programmes. In total, 118 programmes are
foreseen in all 28 Member States. The new RD Regulation for the period 2014-2020
addresses six economic, environmental and social priorities, and programmes contain
clear targets setting out what is to be achieved. Moreover, in order to coordinate actions
better and maximise synergies with the other European Structural & Investment Funds
(ESIF), a Partnership Agreement has been agreed with each Member State highlighting
its broad strategy for EU-funded structural investment.
This document provides a brief overview of how the challenges and opportunities
Sardinia is facing are addressed by the RDP. In the annex, a table indicates the priorities
and focus areas each with their specific targets, and their allocated budget.

1. SITUATION AND KEY CHALLENGES
In Italy, rural development is implemented through 22 separate RDPs – one at national
level and 21 regional RDPs. In addition, the National Rural Network Programme provides
the funding for the networking of rural development actors in Italy.
Sardinia covers an area of nearly 24 100 km², of which more than 81% is rural. Of the
total area, agricultural land covers 44% and forest land 17% and another 35% consists
of natural grassland and natural areas. The unemployment rate is almost 18% (2015).
Sardinia has nearly 1.7 million inhabitants, of which 83% live in rural areas. Besides
farming, the food sector also plays an important role within rural areas, but both sectors
are facing structural changes.
Sardinia has been for thousands of years specializing in sheep breeding and, to a lesser
extent, goats and cattle. Higher standard of animal husbandry is one of the main
challenges of the RDP.
Soils are largely underpowered, shallow and therefore not very productive although
agriculture has played a very important role in the economic history of the island,
especially in the great plain of Campidano, particularly suitable for wheat farming.
Water scarcity was the first problem that was faced for the modernization of the sector
and it is still one of the main environmental problems.
Sardinia’s rural areas are challenged by a persistent loss of business activity, migration of
labour force, and demographic changes.

2. HOW THE SARDINIA’S RDP WILL ADDRESS THESE CHALLENGES
In addressing these challenges, Sardinia’s RDP will fund action under six Rural
Development priorities – with a particular emphasis on restoring, preserving and
enhancing ecosystems related to agriculture and forestry as well as the competitiveness
of the agri sector and food chain organisation/animal welfare. The focus of each priority
is explained briefly below.
Knowledge transfer and innovation in agriculture, forestry and rural areas
Knowledge transfer system (demonstration activities, information actions and exchange
visits) will be enhanced through specific training addressed to farmers with regard
notably to climate change, sustainable agriculture and food quality. Particular attention
will be paid to the training of new entrepreneurs, especially young farmers. Over 9 000
places will be made available in information activities and the programme will give
farmers access to advisory services on topics related to the RDP priorities.
The Region is planning to help launch more than 77 co-operation projects of which 6 will
be Operational Groups under the European Innovation Partnership for Agricultural
Productivity and Sustainability.
Competitiveness of agri sector and sustainable forestry
Requests for support to farm investments and modernisation are ranked first among the
activated RDP measures and priority will be given to undertakings with innovative
potential, projects of young farmers, organic farming and integrated projects.
The sustainability of agricultural production is taken into account also by promoting a
rational use of water resources and an efficient use of renewable energy resources.
Diversification activities will also be supported.
Food chain organisation, including processing and marketing of agricultural products,
animal welfare and risk management in agriculture
Under this priority, Sardinia will support the promotion of quality products. The RDP is
expected to support 400 farms to participate in quality schemes. The RDP will also
support the development and strengthening of supply chains, including short supply
chains and local markets, in order to help achieve a higher income for farmers (support is
expected for 500 farms).
Support for animal welfare is also available for farmers who undertake to adopt high
standards of animal husbandry which go beyond the relevant mandatory standards
(nearly 11 000 farms will be supported).
Restoring, preserving and enhancing ecosystems related to agriculture and forestry
Under this priority, Sardinia will focus on environment-climate-friendly investments with
particular emphasis on quality of water as well as biodiversity and soil protection. Nearly
17% of the agricultural land will be under management contracts supporting biodiversity,
15% for contracts to improve water management and another 19% for contracts to
improve soil management.
A total of 43 000 hectares will receive support to convert to organic farming and another
117 000 ha to maintain it. Additionally, the RDP includes a cooperation measure for joint
climate change adaptation and mitigation actions.
Resource efficiency and climate
Under this priority, RDP Sardinia will pursue carbon conservation and sequestration
mainly by supporting afforestation, agroforestry systems, the prevention and restoration
of damage to forests, the improvement of the resilience and environmental value of
forest ecosystems as well as their conservation.
Additionally, the co-operation measure will support enhanced sustainability through the
European Innovation Partnership and through co-operation for climate change adaptation
and mitigation.
Social inclusion and local development in rural areas
The RDP of Sardinia pays particular attention to social inclusion and economic
development in rural areas. This priority is implemented mainly by the bottom-up
approach through Local Development Strategies, expected to be drawn up by 13 Local
Action Groups (LAGs). Local Development Strategies will cover 40% of the rural
population and create around 500 additional jobs.
More than 245 beneficiaries will receive support for investments in non-agricultural
activities in rural areas.
The four biggest RDP measures in budgetary terms (total public funding) are:
o € 259 million allocated to measure 4 (Investments in physical assets)
o € 230 million allocated to measure 13 (ANC)
o € 225 million allocated to measure 14 (Animal Welfare)
o € 163 million allocated to measure 10 (Agri-Environment-Climate).

Factsheet on 2014-2020 Rural Development Programme for Trento
The Rural Development Programme (RDP) for Trento was formally adopted by the
European Commission on the 3
rd August 2015, outlining Trento’s priorities for using the
€ 301 million of public money that is available for the 7-year period 2014-2020
(€ 129.5 million from the EU budget and € 171.5 million of national co-funding).
Trento’s RDP is putting particular emphasis on actions related to restoring, preserving
and enhancing ecosystems, improving the competitiveness of the farm and forestry
sectors and promoting social inclusion and economic development in rural areas. Nearly
41% of the agricultural land will be under contracts to improve soil management and
38% of the agricultural land will come under management contracts supporting
biodiversity. To improve the competitiveness of farmers, over 1100 farms will receive
support to restructure or modernise their farms and 300 young farmers will be granted
business start-up aid. Finally, Trento’s RDP will contribute to social inclusion and
economic development in rural areas with over 43% of the rural population covered by
local development strategies, and new or improved broadband infrastructure to 78% of
the rural population in rural area.
Support for Rural Development is the 2nd Pillar of the Common Agricultural Policy,
providing Member States with an envelope of EU funding to manage nationally or
regionally under multi-annual, co-funded programmes. In total, 118 programmes are
foreseen in all 28 Member States. The new RD Regulation for the period 2014-2020
addresses six economic, environmental and social priorities, and programmes contain
clear targets setting out what is to be achieved. Moreover, in order to coordinate actions
better and maximise synergies with the other European Structural & Investment Funds
(ESIF), a Partnership Agreement has been agreed with each Member State highlighting
its broad strategy for EU-funded structural investment.
This document provides a brief overview of how the challenges and opportunities Trento
are facing are addressed by the RDP. In the annex, a table indicates the priorities and
focus areas each with their specific targets, and their allocated budgets.

1. SITUATION AND KEY CHALLENGES
In Italy, rural development is implemented through 22 separate RDPs – one at national
level and 21 regional RDPs (including “less developed”, “transition” and “more
developed” regions). In addition, the National Rural Network Programme provides the
funding for the networking of rural development actors in Italy.
The Autonomous Province of Trento, located in Northern Italy, forms part of the TrentinoAlto
Adige/South-Tyrol Region.
Trento covers an area of 620 700km², of which 97 % is classified as rural areas with a
number of complex development problems. Of the total area, agricultural land covers 22
%, while forests cover 66 %. Trento has 536 240 inhabitants and most people live in
rural areas. The employment rate is 68.6%, while the unemployment rate is 6.2 %.
Agriculture employs 3.4% of all people employed. Only 8% of the utilized agricultural
area (UAA) is used for fruit and wine production (around 21 000 ha out of a total UAA of
137 220 ha), however it has a strategic importance in the province’s economy. More than
50% of the gross marketable production in the province comes from this sector.
Trento’s main challenges derive from its geographical situation. With the whole territory
classified as mountainous, farming is taking place under very difficult conditions, mainly
in areas with natural constraints. Further environmental challenges in Trento are related
to the need for a shift towards an innovative and sustainable agriculture and in particular
the adaptation of agriculture and forestry to climate change.

2. HOW TRENTO’S RDP WILL ADDRESS THESE CHALLENGES
In addressing the challenges, Trento’s RDP will fund operations under all six Rural
Development priorities, – with a particular emphasis on Restoring, preserving and
enhancing ecosystems related to agriculture and forestry as well as improving the
competitiveness of the farm and forestry sectors and promoting social inclusion and
economic development in rural areas. The focus of each priority is explained briefly
below.
Knowledge transfer and innovation in agriculture, forestry and rural areas
Knowledge transfer system (workshops, demonstration activities, information actions and
farm exchanges) will be developed through specific training courses addressed to
farmers, focusing on topics such as climate change and sustainable agriculture. The
programme pays particular attention to the training of new entrepreneurs, especially
young farmers. Innovation is considered important and it is promoted via co-operation
projects and information and knowledge transfer between the agri-food sector,
researchers and other stakeholders. 80 co-operation projects will be established,
including support for Operational Groups under the European Innovation Partnership,
while there will be around 3 000 places in training courses.
Competitiveness of agri sector and sustainable forestry
With regard to support to farm investments and modernisation, priority is given to
undertakings with innovative potential, projects of young farmers and sustainable forest
management. RDP will support the start-up of 300 young farmers and investments and
modernisation in over 1 100 farms, with a specific emphasis on innovation as a means to
increase competitiveness.
Food chain organisation, including processing and marketing of agricultural products,
animal welfare and risk management in agriculture
Primary producers will receive support for investments in products that are linked to
approved quality schemes from the Province’s own resources; however the RDP will
support investment projects in farms engaged in processing and marketing of agricultural
products. In this regard, 10 % of agricultural holdings will receive support.
Restoring, preserving and enhancing ecosystems related to agriculture and forestry
Under this priority, Trento will focus on environment-friendly farm investments and
management procedures, with a particular emphasis on biodiversity: almost 38% of
agricultural land will be under management contracts supporting biodiversity. Moreover
over 40% of agricultural land will be under management contracts combating soil
erosion. More than 40% of the allocated EAFRD amount will be used for area-based
payments to farmers for using environment/climate friendly land management practices,
including organic farming and to areas facing natural constraints.
Resource efficiency and climate
Under this priority Trento aims to support the shift towards a low carbon and climateresilient
economy in agriculture and it will be supported mainly indirectly through the
knowledge transfer system, advisory services, as well as the cooperation projects. 50%
of cooperation projects will address energy efficiency. The RDP will also pursue the water
efficiency with 4.3% of irrigated land switching to more efficient irrigation system.
Social inclusion and local development in rural areas
RDP Trento pays particular attention to social inclusion and economic development in
rural areas. More than 11% of the resources have been allocated to this priority, which
are promoted through mainly technological and ITC activities and services, and through
provision of basic services and village renewal in rural areas, including welfare and social
care services. Moreover, Local Development Strategies will be implemented through a
LEADER Local Action Group which will cover over 43 % of the rural population. Thanks to
the operations programmed under this priority, 20 additional jobs will be created, and 78
% of rural population in rural areas will benefit from new or improved broadband
services/infrastructures.
The four biggest RDP measures in budgetary terms (total public funding) are:
o € 98 million allocated to measure 4 (Investments in physical assets)
o € 73 million allocated to measure 13 (Payments to areas facing natural or other
constraints)
o € 51 million allocated to measure 10 (AEC)
o €18 million allocated to measure 19 (Leader)

Factsheet on 2014-2020 Rural Development Programme for
Tuscany

The Rural Development Programme (RDP) for Tuscany was formally adopted by the
European Commission on 26 May 2015, outlining Tuscany priorities for using the nearly €
962 million of public money that is available for the 7-year period 2014-2020 (over € 414
million from the EU budget, including nearly € 547 million of national co-funding).
The RDP for Tuscany will focus on environment/climate friendly farm investments and
investments in more resilient forest ecosystems, as well as forest liming. Nearly 17 % of
the agricultural land will be under management contracts supporting biodiversity, 10 %
for contracts to improve water management and another 10 % for contracts to improve
soil management. Organic farming is also important. A total of 18 000 hectares will
receive support to convert to organic farming and another 87 000 ha to maintain organic
production. Boosting the competitiveness of farms and forests is also high on the agenda.
Over 900 holding will receive investment support to restructure and modernise, 1 000
young farmers will receive support to launch their business and the region will implement
the European Innovation Partnership to help deliver innovative solutions to the farm
sector. In addition there will be 5 500 places in training courses and almost one fifth of
the rural population will benefit from new or improved broadband infrastructure.
Support for Rural Development is the 2nd Pillar of the Common Agricultural Policy,
providing Member States with an envelope of EU funding to manage nationally or
regionally under multi-annual, co-funded programmes. In total, 118 programmes are
foreseen in all 28 Member States. The new RD Regulation for the period 2014-2020
addresses six economic, environmental and social priorities, and programmes contain
clear targets setting out what is to be achieved. Moreover, in order to coordinate actions
better and maximise synergies with the other European Structural & Investment Funds
(ESIF), a Partnership Agreement has been agreed with each Member State highlighting
its broad strategy for EU-funded structural investment.
This document provides a brief overview of how the challenges and opportunities
Tuscany is facing are addressed by the RDP. In the annex, a table indicates the priorities
and focus areas each with their specific targets, and their allocated budget.

1. SITUATION AND KEY CHALLENGES
In Italy, rural development is implemented through 22 separate RDPs – one at national
level and 21 regional RDPs. In addition, the National Rural Network Programme provides
the funding for the networking of rural development actors in Italy.
Tuscany covers an area of nearly 23 000 m², of which 90 % is rural. Of the total area,
agricultural land covers 33 % and forest land 50 %. The unemployment rate is 7.8 %
(2012). Tuscany has nearly 3.7 million inhabitants, of which 56% live in rural areas.
Besides farming, the food sector also plays an important role within rural areas, but both
sectors are facing structural changes.
Tuscany’s rural areas are challenged by a persistent loss of business activity, migration of
labour force, and demographic changes.
Environmental challenges in Tuscany remain mainly the adaptation of agriculture and
forestry to climate change.

2. HOW THE TUSCANY’S RDP WILL ADDRESS THESE CHALLENGES
In addressing these challenges, Tuscany’s RDP will fund action under six Rural
Development priorities – with a particular emphasis on Restoring, preserving and
enhancing ecosystems related to agriculture and forestry as well as Competitiveness of
agri sector and sustainable forestry. The focus of each priority is explained briefly below.
Knowledge transfer and innovation in agriculture, forestry and rural areas
Knowledge transfer system (workshops, coaching, demonstration activities, information
actions and company visits) will be enhanced through specific training addressed to the
farmers with regard notably climate change, sustainable agriculture and food quality.
Particular attention will be paid to the training of new entrepreneurs, especially young
farmers. An important element is innovation which is facilitated via co-operation, and
information and knowledge transfer between the agri-food sector, researchers and other
stakeholders. Almost 70 co-operation projects will be established, including support for
Operational Groups under the European Innovation Partnership, while there will be 5 500
places in training courses.
Competitiveness of agri sector and sustainable forestry
Requests for support to farm investments and modernisation are ranked first and priority
is given to undertakings with innovative potential, projects of young farmers, organic
farming and integrated projects. This is complemented with support for the European
Innovative Partnership while investments into land consolidation and support for
diversification are expected to an increased competitiveness and resilience of the sector.
Over 900 holding will receive investment support to restructure and modernise. The
European Innovation Partnership will also deliver towards improving competitiveness.
1000 young farmers will take up farming as a career.
Food chain organisation, including processing and marketing of agricultural products,
animal welfare and risk management in agriculture
Primary producers receive support for investments in processing and marketing, with a
special focus on products emanating from approved quality schemes. They are also
encouraged to participate in cooperation projects, which can be funded through this RDP,
with a view to develop short supply chains and local markets.
Restoring, preserving and enhancing ecosystems related to agriculture and forestry
Under this priority, Tuscany will focus on environment/climate friendly investments in
more resilient forest ecosystems, as well as forest liming. Nearly 17 % of the agricultural
land will be under management contracts supporting biodiversity, 10 % for contracts to
improve water management and another 10 % for contracts to improve soil
management.
Around 19% of the allocated EAFRD amount will be used for area-based payments to
farmers for using environment/climate friendly land management practices, including
organic farming, support to areas facing natural constraints. A total of 18 000 hectares
will receive support to convert to organic farming and another 87 000 ha to maintain.
Additionally, the RDP includes a cooperation measure for joint climate change adaptation
and mitigation actions.
Resource efficiency and climate
This priority aims to increase efficiency in energy use in agriculture and food processing
and will be supported through the farm investment measure by requiring investment
projects to increase resource and water efficiency. In addition the region will give
priority to area-based payments to farmers for reduction of chemical input, covering a
total of 26 000 hectares.
Additionally, the co-operation measure supports enhanced sustainability through the
European Innovation Partnership and through co-operation for climate change adaptation
and mitigation.
Social inclusion and local development in rural areas
This priority is implemented mainly by the bottom up approach through Local
Development Strategies drawn up by the expected 7 Local Action Groups (LAGs). Local
Development Strategies will cover 30 % of the rural population and create 90 additional
jobs. Around 18 % of the rural population will also benefit from new or improved
broadband infrastructure thanks to investments under this priority.
The four biggest RDP measures in budgetary terms (total public funding) are:
o € 283 million allocated to measure 4 (Investments in physical assets)
o € 143 million allocated to measure 8 (Investments in forest area development and
improvement of the viability of forests)
o € 129 million allocated to measure 11 (Organic farming)
o € 108 million allocated to measure 6 (Farm and business development)

Factsheet on 2014-2020 Rural Development Programme for
Umbria
The Rural Development Programme (RDP) for Umbria was formally adopted by the
European Commission on 12 June 2015, outlining Umbria’s priorities for using the
€ 877 million of public money that is available for the 7-year period 2014-2020
(€ 378 million from the EU budget and € 499 million of national co-funding).
Umbria’s RDP is putting particular emphasis on actions related to restoring, preserving
and enhancing ecosystems, improving the competitiveness of the farm and forestry
sectors and promoting social inclusion and economic development in rural areas. Almost
42% of the agricultural land is expected to come under management contracts
supporting better water management, nearly 29% of the agricultural land will be under
contracts to improve soil management and over 13% of the agricultural land and over
5% of forestry area will come under management contracts supporting biodiversity. To
improve the competitiveness of farmers, 1 200 farms will receive support to restructure
or modernise their farms and 400 young farmers will be granted business start-up aid. In
this regard, particular emphasis is put on innovation when selecting operations and 11%
of RDP public expenditure is earmarked by actions that foster innovation, cooperation
and the development of the knowledge base. Umbria’s RDP will contribute to social
inclusion and economic development in rural areas by bringing improved services to 34%
of the rural population and new or improved broadband infrastructure to 90% of the rural
population in rural areas.
Support for Rural Development is the 2nd Pillar of the Common Agricultural Policy,
providing Member States with an envelope of EU funding to manage nationally or
regionally under multi-annual, co-funded programmes. In total, 118 programmes are
foreseen in all 28 Member States. The new RD Regulation for the period 2014-2020
addresses six economic, environmental and social priorities, and programmes contain
clear targets setting out what is to be achieved. Moreover, in order to coordinate actions
better and maximise synergies with the other European Structural & Investment Funds
(ESIF), a Partnership Agreement has been agreed with each Member State highlighting
its broad strategy for EU-funded structural investment.
This document provides a brief overview of how the challenges and opportunities Umbria
is facing are addressed by the RDP. In the annex, a table indicates the priorities and
focus areas each with their specific targets, and their allocated budgets.

1. SITUATION AND KEY CHALLENGES
In Italy, rural development is implemented through 22 separate RDPs – one at national
level and 21 regional RDPs (including “less developed”, “transition” and “more
developed” regions). In addition, the National Rural Network Programme provides the
funding for the networking of rural development actors in Italy.
Umbria, the “green heart of Italy”, is a region of central Italy, classified as a more
developed region. It covers a total area of 8 450 km2
of which agricultural land covers
51.3% and forestry 46%. There are about 900 000 inhabitants in the region which
translates into a population density of roughly 105 inhabitants per km2
. The region is
entirely classified as rural area, 2/3 of which is currently classified as Less Favoured
Areas (mountain area and area with natural constraints in equal share). The negative
population growth rate and a high rate of elderly population (23.8%) are partly offset by
immigration.
The average size of the more than 36 000 Umbrian farms is 9 hectares and 43% of the
farms are below 2 hectares. The regional Utilised Agricultural Area is around 327 000
hectares. Farmers mainly produce cereals, wine, olive oil, tobacco, and milk for cheese
production. Production of olive oil and wine has decreased in the last decade. The
vegetable and fruit sector is not yet well developed and is characterised by small
producers. The food industry is of strategic importance to the region as it employs 7% of
the working population. Half of the energy produced by the region is from renewable
sources, but the region is lagging behind in terms of energy production from biomass.
Umbria is characterised by an outstanding naturalistic heritage with over 390 000
hectares of forestry. There are 102 Natura 2000 sites whose plans have all been
completed. The main environmental challenges to be tackled concern the quality of
surface and ground water, soil erosion and the increase in forest fires.

2. HOW UMBRIA’S RDP WILL ADDRESS THESE CHALLENGES
In addressing the challenges, Umbria’s RDP will fund operations under all six Rural
Development priorities, – with a particular emphasis on Restoring, preserving and
enhancing ecosystems related to agriculture and forestry as well as improving the
competitiveness of the farm and forestry sectors and promoting social inclusion and
economic development in rural areas. The focus of each priority is explained briefly
below.
Knowledge transfer and innovation in agriculture, forestry and rural areas
The region is investing quite heavily in actions related to this priority. Knowledge transfer
will address the training, coaching, information and advisory needs of the agricultural,
food and forestry sectors as well other land holder and SMEs in rural areas, in particular
related to sustainable agricultural and forestry practices, regulatory issues, innovation
and technology, quality products and diversification. Almost 4 400 places will be made
available in training courses.
An important element is innovation: 120 projects will be supported to strengthen the link
between agriculture, food and forestry sectors and research and innovation, 20 of which
will be under the European Innovation Partnership.
Competitiveness of agri sector and sustainable forestry
Given the ageing farmer population and the small size of agricultural holdings in the
region, the RDP will support the start-up of 400 young farmers and investments and
modernisation in 1 200 farms, with a specific emphasis on innovation as a means to
increase competitiveness. The sustainability of agricultural production is taken into
account also by promoting a rational use of water resources and an efficient use of
renewable energy resources.
The RDP will also support the diversification of farms in order to create new income
opportunities, for instance through the development of holiday, social and school farms
through an allocated budget of € 8 million in public expenditure and with an expected
total private and public investment of € 17.5 million.
Food chain organisation, including processing and marketing of agricultural products,
animal welfare and risk management in agriculture
Under this priority, Umbria will support the promotion of quality products: the RDP is
expected to support 300 farms to participate in quality schemes. The RDP will also
support the development and strengthening of supply chains, including short supply
chains and local markets, in order to enlarge the market of the regional products and
ensure a higher added value to the farmer’s production resulting in a higher income for
the farmer. Cooperation and chain projects will also be financed for this purpose.
Restoring, preserving and enhancing ecosystems related to agriculture and forestry
Under this priority, Umbria will focus on environment-friendly farm investments, with a
particular emphasis on quality of water: 42 % of agricultural land will be under contracts
to improve water management. The problem of water erosion will be tackled by placing
almost 29% of the agricultural land under management contracts combating soil erosion.
Moreover around 13% of agricultural land and around 5% of forest will be under
management contracts supporting biodiversity.
Around 28% of the allocated EAFRD amount will be used for area-based payments to
farmers for using environment/climate-friendly land management practices, including
organic farming, support to areas facing natural constraints and support to areas under
Natura 2000 management and suffering disadvantages resulting from the
implementation of the Water Framework Directive. Over 22 000 hectares of farmland will
receive support to either convert or maintain organic farming.
Resource efficiency and climate
Under this priority, RDP Umbria will pursue carbon conservation and sequestration mainly
by supporting afforestation, agroforestry systems, the prevention and restoration of
damage to forest, the improvement of the resilience and environmental value of forest
ecosystems, as well as their conservation, also by encouraging environmentally and
climate friendly forest conservation services.
The RDP will also pursue to reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emission through the
implementation of specific agro-environment and climate measures. 4.5% of farmland
will come under management contracts targeting reduction of GHG and/or ammonia
emissions and 2.5% of farm and forest land under management contracts contributing to
carbon sequestration or conservation. The region also expects investments of around
€ 3.75 million of public and private funds in renewable energy production.
Social inclusion and local development in rural areas
RDP Umbria pays particular attention to social inclusion and economic development in
rural areas, which are promoted through the support to farm and business development
including also technological and ITC activities and services, and to the provision of basic
services and village renewal in rural areas, including welfare and social care services.
Moreover, Local Development Strategies will be implemented through LEADER Local
Action Groups and will cover over 80% of the rural population.
Thanks to the operations programmed under this priority, 100 additional jobs will be
created, 34% of the rural population will benefit from improved services (including, for
example, water supply for domestic use in areas with less than 3 000 inhabitants) and
90% of rural population in rural areas will benefit from new or improved broadband
services/infrastructures.
The four biggest RDP measures in budgetary terms (total public funding) are:
o € 203 million allocated to measure 4 (Investments in physical assets)
o € 141.5 million allocated to measure 10 (Agro-environment-climate)
o € 103 million allocated to measure 7 (Basic services in rural areas)
o € 80 million allocated to measure 8 (Forestry)

Factsheet on 2014-2020 Rural Development Programme for
Region Veneto

The Rural Development Programme (RDP) for Region Veneto was formally adopted by
the European Commission on 26 May 2015, outlining Veneto priorities for using the €
1,194 million of public money that is available for the 7-year period 2014-2020 (nearly €
511 million from the EU budget, plus € 673 million of national co-funding, plus € 10
million of additional funding top-ups).
The RDP for Veneto focuses on restoring, preserving and enhancing ecosystems. More
than 82 000 hectares will be protected through environmental land management
contracts targeted to specific biodiversity, water objectives and preventing soil erosion.
In addition, almost 8 000 hectares of farmland will receive support to either convert to or
maintain organic farming. In order to improve the competitiveness and sustainability of
the farm sector, nearly 74 000 training places will be created to promote innovation, cooperation
and more sustainable framing practices. More than 4 000 agricultural holdings
(including young farmers) will benefit from support to improve their economic
performance, and restructure and modernise their farms. Finally, local development and
economic diversification projects will deliver around 140 new jobs and 11% of the rural
population will get access to improved ICT and broadband infrastructure.
Support for Rural Development is the 2nd Pillar of the Common Agricultural Policy,
providing Member States with an envelope of EU funding to manage nationally or
regionally under multi-annual, co-funded programmes. In total, 118 programmes are
foreseen in all 28 Member States. The new RD Regulation for the period 2014-2020
addresses six economic, environmental and social priorities, and programmes contain
clear targets setting out what is to be achieved. Moreover, in order to coordinate actions
better and maximise synergies with the other European Structural & Investment Funds
(ESIF), a Partnership Agreement has been agreed with each Member State highlighting
its broad strategy for EU-funded structural investment.
This document provides a brief overview of how the challenges and opportunities Region
Veneto is facing are addressed by the RDP. In the annex, a table indicates the priorities
and focus areas each with their specific targets, and their allocated budgets.

1. SITUATION AND KEY CHALLENGES
In Italy, rural development is implemented through 22 separate RDPs – one at national
level and 21 regional RDPs. In addition, the National Rural Network Programme provides
the funding for the networking of rural development actors in Italy.
Veneto is categorised as a “more developed” region. The region covers an area of 18 399
km², of which 95% is rural. Of the total area, utilised agricultural land (UAA) covers 44%
and forest land 22%. The total population is near 5 million – of which 17% live in rural
areas. The number of livestock units is around 1.36 million (second in Italy after
Lombardy).
One of the better performing Italian regions, Veneto has an employment rate of 65%,
while unemployment is at 6.6% (2012) and the youth unemployment rate accounts for
23.7%.
Veneto is characterised by an outstanding naturalistic heritage: the NATURA 2000
network covers 22.7% of the total surface area and half of the total forest area. The High
Nature Value farmland areas represent 32% of the UAA.
Besides farming, the agri-food and the aquaculture sectors also play an important role
for agriculture in Veneto.
In general, the agricultural sector in Veneto faces structural changes with many smallsize
farms disappearing as they are absorbed by medium-size farms, which subsequently
become bigger.
In particular, Veneto’s rural areas are challenged by a persistent loss of business activity,
migration of labour force, and demographic changes. Ageing of the agricultural
population and the low proportion of young farmers in the agricultural workforce are also
issues of concern for rural development in Veneto.
Veneto also faces environmental challenges, such as an increased and serious pressure
of intensive agriculture and breeding on natural resources. Moreover, the Farmland Bird
Indicator has decreased by 25% between 2000 and 2012, meaning that there are 25%
less birds today compared to year 2000. Soil erosion is lower that the Italian average,
but it is an issue for mountain and some hill areas. Finally, organic farming is still
underdeveloped and covers only 2.1% of the total farmland (5% Italian average),
despite the good potential in this sector.

2. HOW THE RDP OF REGION VENETO WILL ADDRESS THESE CHALLENGES
In addressing these challenges, the RDP for Veneto will fund action under six Rural
Development priorities – with a particular emphasis on restoring, preserving and
enhancing ecosystems related to agriculture and forestry as well as competitiveness of
agri sector and sustainable forestry. The focus of each priority is explained briefly below.
Knowledge transfer and innovation in agriculture, forestry and rural areas
Knowledge transfer system (workshops, coaching, demonstration activities, information
actions and company visits) will be enhanced through specific training addressed to the
farmers with regard notably climate change, sustainable agriculture and food quality.
Particular attention will be paid to the training of new entrepreneurs, especially young
farmers. An important element is innovation which is facilitated via co-operation, and
information and knowledge transfer between the agri-food sector, researchers and other
stakeholders. Almost 120 different co-operation projects (inter alia developing pilot
projects, and creating clusters and networks) will be financed, there will be support for
26 Operational Groups under the European Innovation Partnership and the region will
deliver nearly 74 000 places in training courses.
Competitiveness of agri sector and sustainable forestry
Support will be targeted at process and product innovation in farms, in agro-industrial
and forestry holdings. The objective is to improve output and product quality, combined
with a reduction of production costs. Similarly important are the improvement in the
productive powers of labour, equipment modernisation (including ICT systems) and
diversification of production. Another important strategy choice is to promote the
creation and development of non-agricultural activities in order to create new income
opportunities.
Moreover, the progressive ageing of the workforce makes necessary to accelerate the
entry of young skilled people into the agricultural sector to ensure the future of farming,
innovation, and improving productivity and competitiveness.
More than 2 200 investment projects will be supported for investments in restructuring or
modernisation, plus 2 100 young farmers will be granted business start-up aid for
implementing their business plans. More than 11 500 participants in training on these
topics are foreseen.
Food chain organisation, including processing and marketing of agricultural products,
animal welfare and risk management in agriculture
Support is granted for new participation in quality schemes by groups of farmers, and for
information and promotion activities. The objective is to improve logistic and commercial
channels, and to raise consumer awareness about quality products on the market.
Farmers are also encouraged to participate in cooperation projects with a view to develop
short supply chains.
The region estimates that around 640 farmers will receive support to participate in
quality schemes and short supply chain, of which around 85% will be for participation in
quality schemes and the remaining 15 % short supply chain.
Restoring, preserving and enhancing ecosystems related to agriculture and forestry
The measures proposed are targeted the safeguarding of water quality through the
promotion of agricultural production techniques that reduce pressure on the
environment, combating erosion in hills and mountain areas and enhancing soil organic
matter. The programme also proposes actions for the sustainable management of
ecosystems and habitats, for preventing agricultural land abandonment and preserving
plant and animal agricultural biodiversity. In order to achieve these objectives, the
Region also aims at strengthening collective approaches at local level.
Nearly 10 % of the agricultural land will be under management contracts supporting
biodiversity, water and soil management. Almost 1 600 hectares will receive support to
convert to organic farming and another 6 300 ha to maintain.
Resource efficiency and climate
The actions proposed for climate change mitigation and adaptation refer to promoting (1)
the rational use of water resources (inter alia, through modernisation of equipment and
conversion of irrigation systems, technologies and distribution systems); (2) the
development of bioenergy (which will partially replaces the use of fossil fuels in the
agroforestry sector); and (3) the use of agricultural and agro-industrial by-products.
Another important strategy choice is to reduce greenhouse gas and ammonia emissions
from agro-industrial activities, and increase carbon sequestration through forestry
actions. Additionally, the co-operation measure supports enhanced sustainability through
the European Innovation Partnership and through co-operation for climate change
adaptation and mitigation.
Investments in agricultural holdings with environmental purposes will receive nearly € 32
million of EU support. More specifically, over 1 000 projects will receive support targeting
more efficient irrigations systems. In other words, a total of more than 9 000 ha of
irrigated land will be switching to more efficient irrigation systems. € 54 million will be
invested in renewable energy production. Finally, 65 000 hectares of agricultural land will
be under management contracts targeting reduction of greenhouse gas and ammonia
emissions.
Social inclusion and local development in rural areas
Under this priority, the region focusses on fostering local development in rural areas and
broadband internet deployment (including the development of ICT-services). 8 Local
Action Groups (LAGs) will implement their Local Development Strategies, covering more
than 1.1 million people in rural areas.
Investments in basic services will be supported within the scope of the Local
Development Strategies and will thereby cover nearly 30 % of the rural population.
Moreover, additional 138 additional jobs will be created in supported projects. Around
160 farms will benefit from support for investments in non-agricultural activities in rural
areas and 11 % of the rural population will benefit from new or improved broadband
infrastructure thanks to investments under this priority.
The four biggest RDP measures in budgetary terms (total public funding) are:
o € 446 million allocated to measure 4 (Investments in physical assets)
o € 166 million allocated to measure 10 (Agri-environment-climate)
o € 131 million allocated to measure 6 (Farm and business development)
o € 120 million allocated to measure 13 (Payments to area facing natural or other
specific constraints).