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Agriculture and rural development

The EU policy in the field of agriculture and rural development aims to ensure sustainable development of agriculture and to support rural areas in tackling a wide range of economic, environmental and social challenges. The policy should enable the EU to ensure viable food production, sustainable management of natural resources and a balanced territorial development

To ensure that unnecessary costs are removed and rules are as effective and efficient as possible, since 2015 under REFIT, twenty-nine initiatives have been adopted and eight are pending adoption. Moreover, one evaluation has been finalised and four are ongoing.

REFIT Platform

The REFIT Platform has adopted 11 opinions in the area of agriculture. Most of these concern the Common Agricultural Policy.

Initiatives in the area of agriculture and rural development

1. Simplification and modernisation of the Common Agricultural Policy
2. Simplification of Common Market Organisation
3. Marketing standards
4. CAP measures applicable to the wine sector
5. Greening and ecological focus areas
6. Organic farming
7. State aid rules in agriculture
8. Geographical indications and traditional specialities