Albania to launch first Call for Applications for ‘IPARD II’ Programme

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On November 30, 2018, the agricultural Ministry of Albania will open the first call for applications for funding under the EU-backed Instrument for Pre-accession for Rural Development (IPARD II) programme.

The Albanian government and the EU will co-finance the programme through a 94 million euro ($107 million) fund. IPARD aims to provide assistance for the implementation of the acquis concerning the Common Agricultural Policy and to contribute to the sustainable adaptation of the agricultural sector and rural areas in the candidate country.

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The programme will cover three areas: investments in physical assets of agricultural holdings, investments in physical assets concerning processing and marketing of agricultural and fishery products, and farm diversification and business development.

The Call is opened for all citizens (natural and legal persons) of Albania who work and operate in the territory of the Republic of Albania in the area of agriculture and rural development.

The European Commission has given the green light to the implementation of IPARD II programme in Albania, the EU delegation to the country said last month.

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The EU will provide 71 million euro, while the Albanian government will contribute 23 million euro to the programme that will offer direct financial assistance to farmers and will support rural development.

According to the EU ambassador to Albania, Luigi Soreca said, “I strongly encourage farmers and agribusinesses to be proactive, seize the opportunities created by the IPARD II funds and apply for financial support.”

Albania became a candidate country for EU membership in June 2014. The deadline for submitting applications is January 30, 2019.

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IPARD is a pre-accession Programme of the EU. It is an integral part of the IPA (Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance), whose main objectives are to assist candidate countries and potential candidate countries in their harmonisation and implementation of the EU acquis, as well as preparation for utilisation of the future EU funds.