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Comments from the European Commission on the SRDP 2014 - 2020 have now been received and are being considered.

Scotland Rural Development Programme 2014 - 2020

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Scotland Rural Development Programme (SRDP) 2014 - 2020

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What is the Scottish Rural Development Programme (SRDP) 2014 - 2020?


The Scottish Rural Development Programme (SRDP) 2014 - 2020 delivers Pillar 2 of the EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). It funds economic, environmental and social measures for the benefit of rural Scotland. The SRDP is co-funded by the European Commission and the Scotttish Government and reflects the 6 EU Rural Development Priorites . The programme also reflects the Scottish Government National Performance Framework (NPF).


More information on Pillar 1 of the CAP - Direct payments including Greening is available.


The proposed SRDP 2014 - 2020 was submitted to the European Commission on Thursday 19th June 2014 using the template provided. A separate glossary of terms that are used throughout the document. The European Commission will take around 6 months to consider and approve the programme and we aim to open the new SRDP from January 2015.



What is available under the SRDP 2014- 2020?


A list of the proposed schemes is available.



What is the Key Purpose and Priorities for SRDP 2014 - 2020?


The key purpose of the SRDP 2014 - 2020 is to help achieve sustainable economic growth in Scotland’s rural areas and the priorities remains broadly the same as the previous programme:  The main priorities are:


  • Enhancing the rural economy
  • Supporting agricultural businesses
  • Protecting and improving the natural environment
  • Addressing the impact of climate change
  • Supporting rural communities


A Partnership Agreement outlines how the SRDP 2014 - 2020 will have a joined-up approach with other European funds in Scotland for economic growth and fisheries.


Other information.


As the new SRDP 2014 - 2020 will not be available until 2015 transitional arrangements were made for some schemes.


Farmers across Scotland are advised to be alert to ongoing banking scams in which fraudsters are targeting the farming community.


If you have a specific question please contact your local area office.


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