EU support to rural development in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
The European Commission has approved €18 million to support reforms in agriculture and rural development in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. This funding complements the €56 million already available under the country's 2012-2013 national programme of the Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA), which supports reforms that are key for the country's EU accession process.
Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy Štefan Füle said: "This funding will help improve services and infrastructure in poor rural areas, bringing concrete benefits to local citizens. It will help the country meet the EU standards in agriculture and make further progress in European integration."
The bulk of the programme (€15.5 million) will be implemented under joint management with the World Bank. It will specifically target poor rural areas and municipalities, thus facilitating access to funds.