Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia (REU)

Pilot Support to IPA Rural Development Measures (PSIPARD)

As a potential EU candidate country, Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) is eligible for support under the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA) to adapt its public institutions to meet the EU requirements. However, it does not benefit from the rural development component of IPA (IPARD 2007–2013), which is exclusively for candidate countries aiming at preparing candidate countries’ policies and institutions to manage EU’s CAP, and to ensure sustainable development of the agriculture sector. So far little progress was made on alignment with European standards in the field of agriculture and rural development policy. Therefore development towards setting up structures to implement future IPARD needs to be accelerated.
By creating a virtual IPARD compliant framework structure, which will function parallel to the existing paying and managing structure at State, Entity and District Brcko level, the main results of the project will be to establish mechanisms and develop capacities for the improved uptake of future IPARD funds by stakeholders in rural areas, and strengthened capacities in agricultural programming and implementation by relevant institutions through implementing IPARD-like rural development measures. The overall development objective is to achieve a sustainable, competitive and dynamic agriculture and food sector that is gradually aligning with the acquis communautaire institutional and regulatory requirements and standards.
The entire project duration is 24 month (January 2013 to December 2014) and the budget is 3 Million Euros, of which 2 Million Euros are earmarked for grants to beneficiaries.

For more information, please contact:
Richard Eberlin
Land Tenure and Rural Development Officer, Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia

  • Funded by the European Union

  • Implemented by FAO