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  • Rural Development the Policy Perspective Rita McNulty Assistant Secretary 12 November 2010
  • Rural Development the Policy Perspective
    • What underpins current Rural Development Policy in Ireland from both the Irish and EU Policy perspective?
    • Some of the Main Policies, Strategies and Programmes that impact on and interact with Rural Development Policy in Ireland.
    • Current and future issues and challenges facing rural development policies and programmes in Ireland .
  • Key Developments and Policies
    • Ireland’s joining the EEC in 1973
    • Designation of Ireland as an Objective 1 region and a cohesion state for structural and cohesion funds
    • The EU LEADER Community initiative (1991)
    • NESC report “New Approaches to Rural Development” (1994)
    • The Cork Declaration - a Living Countryside (1996)
    • “ Towards a Common Agricultural and Rural Policy” also known as the Buckwell Report (1997)
    • The White Paper on Rural Development (1999) – “Ensuring the Future – A Strategy for Rural Development in Ireland”
    • Rural Development Policy in Ireland
    • White Paper published in 1999
    • new approach and commitment by Government to rural development
    • an overall strategic direction for Government policy
    • giving a focus to the needs of rural communities
    • developments within agriculture and the resulting need for economic diversification
    • Vision for the development of rural communities
    • Vision for the development of rural communities
    • economic and social well-being of rural communities
    • conditions for a meaningful and fulfilling life for rural areas / communities
    • standard of living and a quality of life: vibrant, sustainable communities, attractive to live and work
    • retain maximum number of rural households and especially family farms
    • Vision for the development of rural communities
    • equity of opportunity between rural and urban
    • choice as to whether to stay in, leave, or move to rural Ireland
    • sufficient employment opportunities / sustainable economic development
    • access to education, adequate level of social and other services and infrastructure
    • rural communities to participate in the structures and decisions
    • the rural environment will be respected – sustainable development
    • Institutional Arrangements
    • White Paper commitments reflected in sectoral policies pursued by Departments
    • designation of a ‘lead’ Department to provide improved focus and impetus for rural development policy
    • Rural Proofing – to ensure policies are examined for impact on rural communities
    • widely representative National Rural Development Forum to debate current issues and identify policy responses
    • closest possible co-operation with Northern Ireland
    • Propose to bring forward an update on Government Policy on Rural Development soon
    • Short policy paper based on White Paper
      • looking at the principles which are still valid
      • challenges and opportunities going forward
      • current Rural Dev Programme / LEADER post-2013 context
      • Section on North-South cooperation
    • LEADER Programmes
    • CLÁR Programme Ceantair Laga Árd-Riachtanais - Weak Areas of High Priority
    • Rural Social Scheme
    • Rural Recreation
    DCEGA Rural Development Initiatives
  • EU Policy Context
    • Common Agricultural Policy – the main policy mechanism for rural dev
    • Late 1980s Reform of CAP
    • Agenda 2000, The Rural Development Regulation became the 2 nd Pillar of CAP
  • EU Policy Context (contd)
    • Post 2013 Debate
    • More equitable distribution of funding and enhanced environmental emphasis
    • Pillar 11 focus more on competitiveness, innovation, climate change and environment
  • EU Policy Context (contd)
    • Direct Payments – Two functions, income support and provision of public goods. Should be more targeted.
    • Rural Development – an integral part of CAP
    • Need for coherence between Rural Dev Policy and other EU policies.
  • Issues and Challenges
    • Issues and challenges for Rural Development Policy and Programmes in Ireland :
    • Economic Downturn, Fiscal Constraints
    • Balance between governance, accountability and not stifling innovation and risk taking
  • Issues & Challenges (contd)
    • Coherence among policy makers and service/programme deliverers at all levels
    • Evidence and Impact-based Evaluation Framework
    • Seek to devise a more holistic and effective way of rural proofing
  • Questions