Policy paper

RDPE programme document 2014 to 2020

Formal programme document setting out, in detail, what the Rural Development Programme for England will achieve.


RDPE programme document 2014-2020

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This formal document sets out, in detail, what the Rural Development Programme (RDPE) for England will achieve between 2014 and 2020. We’ve also added our advisory note on how state aid rules will apply.

All of these are long, detailed, technical documents. If you want to know more about the schemes available under RDPE, read our rural grants and payments guidance.

Programme document

This programme document was originally adopted by the European Commission on 13 February 2015. It follows the format laid down in the EU Implementation Regulation (EC 808/2014).

The latest version of the document represents our first Programme modification and was adopted on 4 July 2016. It includes adjustments that were requested by the Commission, proposals from Defra, and the setting up of the emergency Farming Recovery Fund.

The document includes:

  • the overall strategy for the programme between 2014 and 2020
  • an assessment of the main needs to be addressed by the Rural Development Programme
  • a description of the Rural Development measures being implemented
  • financial information on the programme, and a set of programme indicators that will be used to measure progress against the programme’s targets
  • a plan of how the programme will be evaluated
  • information on how the programme will be publicised and who will carry out the programme’s activities
  • information on how the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), European Social Fund (ESF) and European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) funded programmes complement each other

The programme document consists of 19 main Chapters and various annexes.

State aid rules

Our advisory note sets out the legal framework and rationale for applying state aid rules to payments made under 2014-20 Rural Development Programme for England. It is used as a reference by those making decisions about applications for RDPE support.

Funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.

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