General framework

General framework

Outline of the Community (European Union) legislation about General framework


These categories group together and put in context the legislative and non-legislative initiatives which deal with the same topic.

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General framework

There are two main elements to the common agricultural policy (CAP): helping European farmers to be competitive and promoting development in rural areas, particularly in the least-favoured regions. With this in mind, the financing available to farmers has changed, increasingly focusing on environmental protection and on the quality, rather than quantity, of production. The EU has also made a greater commitment to rural development through a single financial instrument which promotes agriculture and forestry and all types of rural activity. Control and monitoring systems also play a key role in the management of these measures, whilst ensuring the proper conduct of operations and the development of the agricultural sector within the Union.


Financial framework

Rural development

  • European Union strategic guidelines for rural development
  • European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD)
  • Access for rural areas to ICTs
  • Employment in rural areas: closing the jobs gap
  • 2000-06: support for rural development within the framework of the European Agricultural Guidance and Guarantee Fund (EAGGF)
  • The financing of the common agricultural policy (CAP)

Direct support schemes

  • Single Farm Payment
  • Mediterranean package
  • Risk and crisis management in agriculture
  • Reform of the common agricultural policy (CAP)



  • General provisions ERDF – ESF – Cohesion Fund (2007-2013)
  • European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) (2007-2013)
  • The European Social Fund (2007-2013)
  • European grouping of territorial cooperation (EGTC)
  • Cohesion Fund (2007-2013)
  • Rules for the application of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the European Social Fund (ESF) and the Cohesion Fund (2007-2013)

Disadvantaged regions

  • Specific measures for the outermost regions
  • Specific measures in favour of the smaller Aegean islands



Simplifying the CAP

  • The CAP towards 2020
  • A simplified CAP for Europe
  • Health Check of the CAP reform
  • Simplification and better regulation for the common agricultural policy

Better understanding the CAP

  • Information measures relating to the common agricultural policy
  • Information measures on the Community market and markets of Non-EU Member Countries

Statistics and surveys

  • Farm Accountancy Data Network

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