Cabinet adopts draft guidelines for EU funding of rural areas

Among the investments needed in the rural areas, the ministry mentioned water, waste and sewage management. Tomasz Waszczuk/PAP

The Cabinet on Tuesday adopted the draft guidelines of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development for Rural Development Policy programmes with European funds in 2021-2027, the Government Information Centre (CIR) said in a statement.

The document outlines the possibilities for financing the development of villages and rural areas, as well as the agri-food sector, from EU funds available in the 2021-2027 budget, particularly funds from the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and Cohesion Policy, the statement read.

New activities under CAP will also focus on assessing the impact of the agri-food sector on the climate and the environment, with particular regard to their protection, according to the statement.

As stated by the agriculture ministry, meeting the expectations of the European Commission (EC) related to the implementation of environmental and climate objectives by agriculture will require allocating a larger part of CAP for this purpose than so far. Among the investments needed in the rural areas, the ministry mentioned water, waste and sewage management, as well as building infrastructure necessary for the development of entrepreneurship and the creation of new jobs.

"Therefore, the development of rural areas after 2020 requires significant support from other European funds, in particular from Cohesion Policy," the statement read.

The EC has proposed EUR 365 billion for CAP, and EUR 330.6 bln for allocation to Cohesion Policy for all EU member states. EUR 286.2 bln would be earmarked for direct payments and market interventions, and EUR 78.8 bln for rural development. Poland was offered EUR 30.6 bln (in current prices) under the CAP for 2021-2027 and EUR 64.4 bln for cohesion policy (in 2018 prices).

Poland is seeking to increase the budget under both policies, the statement said.