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General Information

The European Commission’s Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development is based in Brussels under the authority of Commissioner Mariann Fischer Boel. The Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development is responsible for the implementation of agriculture and rural development policy, the latter being managed in conjunction with the other DGs which deal with structural policies. It is dealing with all aspects of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) including market measures, rural development policy, financial matters as well as international relations relating to agriculture.

Enlargement of the European Union

The European Commission plays a key role in the enlargement process. It is closely associated in the accession process including negotiations. Commission experts in the field of agriculture and rural development provide assistance and guidance to candidate and potential candidate countries in their task of preparing for future accession to the EU and more specifically in preparing for the Common Agricultural Policy and Rural Development.

How does Enlargement Work? Pre-Accession Strategy

The countries which meet the conditions for the EU membership submits a membership application to the European Council. The European Council solicits with the Commission for the country applicant’s aptitude in becoming the future EU member. If positive remarks are given and the Council unanimously agrees a negotiation mandate, the negotiations become formally open.

Financial Assistance: Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA)

The Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA) offers rationalized assistance to countries aspiring to join the European Union for the period 2007-2013 on the basis of the lessons learnt from previous external assistance and pre-accession instruments. Assistance is provided on the basis of the European Partnerships of the potential candidate countries and the Accession Partnerships of the candidate countries, which means the Western Balkan countries and Turkey. The IPA is intended as a flexible instrument and therefore provides assistance which depends on the progress made by the beneficiary countries and their needs as shown in the Commission’s evaluations and annual strategy papers.

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Legal basis for IPA

Council Regulation (EC) No 1085/2006 of 17 July 2006 establishing an Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA), OJ L 210, 31/07/2006

Commission Regulation (EC) No 718/2007 of 12 June 2007 (IPA implementing regulation)

IPARD related Documents

Agreement on the Rules for cooperation concerning EC financial assistance to the candidate country and the implementation of the assistance under component V (IPARD) of the Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance


Model of the Rules of Procedure of the Monitoring Committee for the IPARD Programme (IPARD Monitoring Committee)


Guidelines for ongoing evaluation of IPARD Rural Development Programmes 2007-2013


Guideline for “Communication and Publicity under IPARD”


European Commission- TAIEX

TAIEX is the Technical Assistance and Information Exchange instrument managed by the Directorate-General Enlargement of the European Commission. TAIEX supports partner countries with regard to the approximation, application and enforcement of EU legislation. It is largely demand driven and facilitates the delivery of appropriate tailor-made expertise to address issues at short notice.

TAIEX’ main tasks are:

  • To provide short term technical assistance and advice on the transposition of EU legislation into the national legislation of beneficiary countries and on the subsequent administration, implementation and enforcement of such legislation.
  • To bring ENPI partner countries closer to the European Union, through increased economic integration and a deepening of political cooperation by sharing the experience gained during the enlargement process.
  • To provide technical training and peer assistance to partners and stakeholders of the beneficiary countries.
  • To be an information broker by gathering and making available information.
  • To provide database tools for facilitating and monitoring the approximation progress as well as to identify further technical assistance needs.
  • Technical assistance through the TAIEX instrument comes in many different forms and across a wide range of areas. Partner administrations can benefit from TAIEX’s flexibility to help meet wider training needs in EU legislation by reaching a significant number of officials. At the same time, it is important to retain an awareness of and be responsive to more targeted requests. In this regard, the expert and study visit format, depending entirely on requests received from beneficiary partners, provides a complementary institution building service.
  • As with other TAIEX training formats, experts and study visits are designed to provide short term assistance to beneficiary countries on the approximation and implementation of EU legislation. Study visits are visits made by a limited number of officials of the beneficiary countries to Member State administrations. They give an opportunity to the beneficiaries to work alongside Member State officials to discuss legislation, experience first-hand administrative procedures and infrastructure and see examples of best practices.
  • Expert missions on the other hand involve usually one or two Member State experts travelling to beneficiary partner countries. They provide an opportunity to discuss draft legislation, present examples of best practices and lend assistance where requested. The preferred format is working sessions involving an exchange of knowledge between the beneficiary countries and the experts.

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Other Related Documents

IPA Components III, IV and V:Conditions for successful preparation and absorption of assistance
IPA Components III, IV, and V.pdf

IPARD structure and Kaj Mortensen timeframe
IPARD structure and timeframe.pdf

Key steps of planning and programming for Component V, Rural Development
Key steps of planning and programming for component V, Rural Development.pdf

The EC’s approach to rural developmentand the IPARD
The EC’s approach to rural development and the IPARD.pdf

The EC’s approach to rural development, with an emphasis on pre-accession period
The EC’s approach to rural development with emphasis on the pre-accession period.pdf