“National policy instruments and EU Approximation process: Effects on farm holdings in the Western Balkan countries (EUEWB)”

The overall objective of this project is to strengthen cooperation among research community and administrations in the WB to create an effective and scientifically sound support to policy decision-making.

The specific objectives of the study are the following:

  • Monitor and collect information on agricultural policy developments in the WB countries;
  • Evaluate the availability and quality of farm level data in the WB and examine their applicability for scientific analysis in supporting policy making;
  • Explore the possibility of extending the application of the EU based IFM-CAP farm model to the WB countries;
  • Conduct relevant quantitative policy impact analyses.

Firstly, the project aims to monitor and collect information on agricultural policy developments in the Western Balkan countries. Such information is relevant in understanding the policy framework under which farms operate as well as it gives indication of the potential implications for their development and growth. This analysis would also contribute towards providing evaluation of the effects of policy approximation process with the EU acquis in agriculture and rural development and help to better design and improve IPARD programmes.

Secondly, the project will explore the application of appropriate analytical tools for different farm types per their importance on national agriculture and data availability in particular WB countries. Thus, an important aim of the project is to evaluate the availability and quality of farm level data in the region and to examine their applicability for scientific analysis in support to policy making.

Finally, the aim of the project is to exploit and transfer knowledge to the scientific community in the WB on farm level quantitative policy analysis developed in IPTSAGRILIFE to enhance their capabilities to conduct scientifically based policy support. The special aim in this context is to explore the possibility of extending the application of the EU based IFM-CAP (Individual Farm Model for the Common Agricultural Policy) model developed in IPTS-AGRILIFE to the WB countries.

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