The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is one of the oldest policies of the European Union, and the CAP is strongly rooted in the European integration project. The CAP has many aims including the improvement of agricultural productivity, stable supply of affordable food, sustainable management of natural resources and keeping rural economy alive.
EU’s Common Agricultural Policy covers both direct support to farmers and development of rural areas through funding. Some fur farmers in Europe receive support for innovation, investment in new farms and animal welfare improvements. The current CAP was presented in November 2010 and covers a strategy towards 2020. EU’s aim with the CAP is to promote competitive and sustainable agriculture and vibrant rural areas in Europe.
Link to the European Commission’s Common Agricultural Policy [External link]
Through funding EU’s rural development policy helps Europe’s rural areas to meet the economic, environmental and social challenges and opportunities which face EU’s rural areas in the 21st century. EU’s rural development policy is part of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and runs from 2014 to 2020.
Known as the second pillar of the CAP, rural development funding activities are based on the development of Rural Development Programmes (RDPs) by member states at either national or regional level. Such national or regional RPDs must follow a number of common EU priorities like promoting animal welfare, innovation of farm technologies, poverty reduction and economic development or preserving or restoring of ecosystems.
Link to the Rural Development Programme 2014-2020 [External link]