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The Rural Development Programme for Malta 2007 - 2013

 

The Rural Development Programme for Malta 2007 - 2013

 

The Rural Development Programme is made up of a range of measures that help in the achievement of the rural development policy objectives set out in Council Regulation (EC) 1698/2005 that regulates support provided for rural development by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD).

 

After an extensive consultation process with local rural actors and stakeholders, the difficulties and priorities of local rural areas have been highlighted in the National Rural Strategy Plan which then where translated into specific targets to be supported under the Rural Development Programme for this current programming period.

 

Although the regulation mentioned previously sets out common objectives and principles (referred to as the ‘Axes’ in the Programme) under which support to rural areas has to be provided in the Rural Development Programmes of the EU, it provides flexibility and targeted approach such that individual programmes focus directly on the needs and priorities of that particular territory.

 
 
 

The three main objectives of the Rural Development Programme for 2007-2013 are:

 

 Enhancing the economic viability through investment and modernisation;
Preserving the rural environment and the countryside;
Support the wider rural economy and quality of life in rural areas.

 

The overall objective of Malta’s Rural Development Programme is to promote multifunctional agriculture within a wider framework of integrated rural development so as to achieve the sustainable development of rural areas in Malta. The main focus is to explore the potential of the agricultural and rural sectors, the diversification of the rural economy while ensuring the sustainable use of natural resources and preservation of the environment.

 

The primary rural policy objective for the current programming period for the Maltese territory is to have a deliverable programme that values the strengths of local agriculture and rural sectors and that at the same time recognises and addresses their needs and weaknesses in order to help these sectors become more sustainable.

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​​Consultation Process

 

Funding

 

National Strategy Plan

 

The 5 Axes of the Rural Development Programme

 

 

Consultation Process

 

The Rural Development Programme is the fruit of an intensive consultation process which started in 2005. Various workshops, seminars and one-to-one meetings were organised and conducted by the Ministry in order to formulate the National Rural Development Strategy Plan 2007-2013 and subsequently the Rural Development Programme for Malta 2007-2013.

 

Funding

 

The total public funding for the Rural Development Programme for Malta 2007-2013 amounts for €101,611,140. The national contribution (i.e. from the Maltese Government) is of €23,957,785 while that from the European Union amounts to €77,653,355 financed from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD). The budget is divided between the five axes of the programme wherein each axis is allocated a share to be used under a number of measures that should lead to the realisation of the final objectives of the Rural Development Programme.  The distribution of the budget at measure level is as follows: 

 
Public aid by measure under the Rural Development Programme 2007-2013

Axis 1 – Improving the competitiveness of the agricultural sector:

 

Measure

 

Euro

Measure 111

Vocational training and information schemes

1,160,000

Measure 114

Use of advisory services

3,000,000

Measure 115

Setting up of advisory services

600,000

Measure 121

Modernisation of agricultural holdings

14,820,000

Measure 123

Adding value to agricultural products

7,000,000

Measure 124

Cooperation for development of new products, processes and technologies in the agriculture and food sector

1,000,000

Measure 125

Infrastructure related to the development and adaptation of agriculture

5,200,000

Measure 132

Participation of farmers in food quality schemes

1,200,000

Measure 133

Information and promotion activities

670,000

Measure 142

Setting up of producer groups

990,000

Total Axis 1

 

35,640,000

 

Axis 2 – Improving the environment and the countryside:

 

Measure

 

Euro

Measure 212

Natural handicap payments in other areas with handicaps

14,500,000

Measure 214

Agri-environment payments

10,525,000

Total Axis 2

 

25,025,000

 

Axis 3 – Improving the quality of life in rural areas:

 

Measure

 

Euro

Measure 313

Encouragement of tourism activities

11,536,667

Measure 323

Conservation and upgrading of the rural heritage

21,000,000

Measure 341

Skills acquisition, animation and implementation

450,000

Total Axis 3

 

32,986,667

 

Axis 4 – Building local capacity:

 

Measure

 

Euro

Measure 41

Implementation of Local Development Strategies

2,600,000

Measure 421

Inter-territorial and trans-national cooperation

500,000

Measure 431

Running costs, acquisition of skills and animation

775,000

Total Axis 4

 

3,875,000

 

Axis 5 – Technical Assistance:

 

 

Euro

Technical Assistance

4,084,473

 

 

 

 

Euro

Total Public funding (Malta Government EU)

101,611,140

 

 National Strategy Plan

The National Strategy Plan for Malta translates the EU strategy into targets and priorities according to the local situation. This Plan, which covers the period between 2007 and 2013, has been prepared in close collaboration with rural stakeholders and the EU Commission based on EU strategic guidelines and takes into consideration the economic, social and environmental aspects of rural sectors in Malta and the priorities and needs of rural areas.

These together with the EU strategic guidelines and other National strategies lay down the basis of the National Rural Strategy for Malta which include the targets, objectives and indicators to be addressed locally.

This plan was then used as a reference tool for the drafting of the Rural Development Programme for Malta 2007-2013.

The 5 Axes of the Rural Development Programme

 

The Rural Development Programme for the current programming period is based on five main priority areas which are more commonly known as ‘Axes’. Each Axis include a set of measures by which the objective of the particular Axis shall be reached.

 Axis 1: Improving the competitiveness of the agricultural sector – building and improving human capacity and supporting investments to increase competitiveness in the agricultural and agro-food sectors.

Axis 2: Improving the environment and the countryside – targeting environmental challenges in a sustainable manner.
Axis 3: Improving the quality of life in rural areas and diversification of the rural economy – encouraging new ways and methods that will improve rural areas and promote the diversification of rural products.

 Axis 4: LEADER – introducing a new approach of local governance in a more targeted manner.

 Axis 5: Technical Assistance – successfully implementing the Rural Development Programme.
 
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Funds and Programmes Division
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