Guidelines on implementing IPARD in the context of COVID 19


The European Commission released guidelines for adjusting the implementation of the rural development programmes (IPARD) under the instrument for pre-accession assistance in the current crisis triggered by the outbreak of the coronavirus. Directed at candidate countries benefitting from this instrument (Albania, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia and Turkey), the guidelines list short-term actions that allow flexibility in the implementation of IPARD, to support and relieve beneficiaries in the current context, while ensuring coherent action.
The guidelines were introduced at the second videoconference organised by the Regional Rural Development Standing Working Group (SWG) in SEE, in cooperation with the North Macedonian Ministry of Agriculture, on 22 April 2020.
IPARD are rural development programmes implemented as part of the Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance in four Western Balkan countries (Albania, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia) and Turkey. The overall budget of IPARD is about €1 billion for the budgeting period 2014-20. IPARD programmes, by design and implementation modalities, resemble rural development programmes under the common agricultural policy for EU countries.

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