NEW PUBLICATION AVAILABLE: “Monitoring of agricultural policy developments in the Western Balkan countries”

The publication “Monitoring of agricultural policy developments in the Western Balkan countries” presents the results of the monitoring of agriculture and agricultural policy in the Western Balkan countries and is based on the results of the project “National policy instruments and EU approximation process: Effects on farm holdings in the Western Balkan countries”, financed by the Directorate-General Joint Research Centre of the European Commission and implemented by the Regional Rural Development Standing Working Group (SWG) in South-East Europe.

The central analytical issue in the publication is the assessment of direct production support, which is the main agricultural policy instrument in most Western Balkan countries (as well as the CAP). For the first time, the types of support, their associated eligibility criteria and the amounts involved are presented in a transparent fashion. The analysis outlined in this report also attempts to provide an overview of the similarities and differences regarding direct support for Western Balkan countries compared with that for the European Union.

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