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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, 37 initiatives have been adopted and 3 are pending adoption. Moreover, 4 evaluations have been finalised.

REFIT Platform

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. EU marketing standards for agricultural products
4. CAP measures applicable to the wine sector
5. Greening and ecological focus areas
6. Organic farming
7. Geographical Indications and Traditional Specialities Guaranteed in the EU