Agriculture and rural development experts say that with the aid of international cooperation activities, Albania is making preparations at a practical level to comply with EU standards.
Albanian government is already issuing grants to agricultural and food-processing companies using the project’s ‘IPARD-like’ funds, in a type of test run in accordance with EU criteria.
Government grants account for 50 to 65 % of the total investment cost.
The project has brought Albania a step forward as it prepares for EU accession with the aim of achieving good administrative governance.
According to agriculture experts, Albania is s modernising and reforming its agriculture, which is an important sector of the economy. Initial success is already verifiable: the success rate of applications eligible for approval increases with each call for applications under the grant scheme.
Three nationwide campaigns have been launched under the IPARD-like calls, involving more than 3000 participants. According to official data, in the frame of the 3 (three) IPARD-like calls, Albanian farmers and agro-processors have so far submitted a total of 255 applications with a total value of investments amounting to EUR 45.83 million, whereas grants are estimated at around EUR 23.8 million.