“National policy instruments and EU Approximation process: Effects on farm holdings in the Western Balkan countries (EUEWB)” – October 2015 – June 2017

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

The specific objectives of the study were 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 aimed at monitoring and collection of information on agricultural policy developments in the Western Balkan countries, relevant in understanding the policy framework under which farms operate, as well as indicating the potential implications for their development and growth. This analysis also contributed 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 explored 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 was 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 was 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 was 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.

Project duration: October 2015 – June 2017.