Over recent years, the Joint Research Centre (JRC) and the Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development of the European Commission have initiated a number of research activities focusing on an economic analysis of the agricultural sector in the EU and selected non-EU countries and their associated agricultural policies. JRC financed the monitoring of agricultural policy developments in the WB countries/territories in the period before 2019, publishing reports on three studies: Analysis of the agricultural and rural development policies of the Western Balkan countries (1), Monitoring of agricultural policy developments in the Western Balkan countries (2) and Agricultural policy developments and EU approximation process in the Western Balkan countries (3). The Regional Rural Development Standing Working Group (SWG) was involved in the implementation of each of these studies.
The current technical report presents the results of the project ‘Study on the research, innovation and technology transfer capacities and on the recent agricultural policy developments in the context of the EU approximation process in the pre-accession countries’. This study is a follow-up to previous research efforts aiming to analyze recent agricultural policy developments in the pre-accession countries and to assess the state of harmonization with the Common Agricultural Policy in these countries.
On this occasion, JRC and the SWG would like to thank all participating ministries of agriculture and rural development from the south-eastern European region and all of the experts involved for their valuable contributions, as well as the Association of Agricultural Economists of North Macedonia for the scientific coordination of this study. We would like to gratefully acknowledge Liam Breslin, Marius Lazdinis and Zigo Rutkovskis (Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development) for the support they provided throughout the implementation of the study and for their valuable feedback on the results.