The EU has approved €18 million to support reforms in agriculture and rural development in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. This will complement the €56 million already available under the 2012-2013 Instrument of Pre-Accession.
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.
Read the EC press release here.
Source: CONCORD, EU Monitoring Newsletter 17.01.2014