The European Union (EU) and the Government of Albania held their 3rd IPARD Monitoring Committee meeting in Tirana today, focusing on the upcoming entrustment of the Albanian authorities with budget implementation tasks for the Instrument for pre-accession for Rural Development (IPARD) programme. The meeting was co-chaired by Mr Niko Peleshi, Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development and Mr Liam Breslin, Head of Unit on Pre-accession Assistance in the Directorate General for Agriculture and Rural Development of the European Commission.
IPARD enables Albanian farmers and agribusinesses to have access to 71 million EUR funded by the EU for the period 2018-2020. The IPARD programme will contribute significantly to enhancing the competitiveness of farming and food sectors while complying with the national and EU standards on food safety, veterinary and phytosanitary requirements both for the benefit of local consumers. It will also enable Albanian products to access the EU markets and to diversify the economic activities in rural areas of the country leading to a better quality of rural livelihoods.
The Albanian Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Agricultural and Rural Development Agency will open soon the first call for applications focusing on “Investments in physical assets of agricultural holdings” and “Investments in physical assets concerning processing and marketing of agricultural and fishery products”.