NEW PUBLICATION: Agricultural policy developments and EU approximation process in the Western Balkan countries

This publication is a result of the project implemented by the SWG and financed by the EC Joint Research Center. Quantitative analysis of agricultural policy developments was performed using data on budgetary support for agriculture, systematized according to the Agricultural Policy Measures (APM) classification scheme. The study concludes that in WB countries/territories, agriculture is an important sector for the national economies, but with a declining tendency. Significant progress has been made in recent years in aligning long-term programming documents and administrative infrastructure with EU requirements. In most WB countries/territories, the composition of direct support for producers has not changed much since 2013. Funds for structural and rural development measures are generally low and fluctuate considerably from year to year. Support for improving the environment and the countryside is insignificant.

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