Rural Development Programme 2014 - 2020 Public Consultation

The Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) has launched a consultation on the Rural Development Programme (RDP) 2014 – 2020.

This consultation closed on Monday 21 October 2013

The purpose of this consultation is to seek views and comments from individuals and organisations on the proposed content of the RDP 2014 - 2020.  
Like its predecessor, this Programme will be part funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) and is aimed at improving competitiveness in the agriculture and forestry sector, safeguarding and enhancing the rural environment and fostering competitive and sustainable rural businesses and thriving rural communities.
A consultation on the Equality Impact Assessment (EQIA) and Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) of the RDP 2014 – 2020 will run in conjunction with the consultation on the Programme.
Hard copies, and alternative formats, of all consultation documents can be requested by writing to:
Rural Development Programme Management Branch
Room 407
Dundonald House
Upper Newtownards Road
Or by telephone on 028 90 378 592
The consultation will last 16 weeks and responses should arrive with DARD not later than 5pm on Monday 21 October 2013.
To enable the Department to process your comments quickly and efficiently we would encourage you to use the ‘Consultation Response Form’ provided.
The DARD consultation on the Rural Development Programme forms part of a wider consultation exercise on three draft EU Programmes for 2014-2020 which also includes proposals for the European Social Fund (ESF) Investment for Growth and Jobs Programme, and the.European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) Investment for Growth and Jobs Programme for Northern Ireland.

Consultation Documents

Relevant European legislation and proposals

Additional Relevant Information