Agriculture and food

Ongoing projects: 8
Completed projects: 0

About Sector

The Common Agricultural Policy is one of the most important sectors in the EU, both in terms of the number of regulations governing this area and the size of the agricultural budget in the overall budget of the European Union. EU agriculture accounts for almost 40% of the total EU budget. The main objective is to ensure a stable supply of the market for agricultural products at affordable prices, which in turn means adequate income for farmers. The agricultural sector consists of two parts:

  • direct payments with market intervention,
  • and rural development.


Direct payments imply that, while protecting the environment and human health, food security, respect for animal welfare, keeping the land in good condition, farmers are given incentives regardless of what type of production they are producing and thus have a stable income regardless of market volatility. Market interventions include the withdrawal of products from the market, support for the production of certain products, a quota system, support for farmers in the fruit and vegetable sector. Rural development contributes to strengthening the competitiveness of agriculture and forestry, as well as improving the quality of life of rural areas.

EU projects for farmers in Serbia encourage the use of funds from agriculture and rural development funds, improve product quality, and increase their competitiveness in the EU market with over 500 million consumers. It also strengthens the capacity of the Agency for Agrarian Payments, the body that will be the bridge between Serbian farmers and EU institutions.  



List of key local partners/organisations

  • Ministry of European Integration
  • Ministry of finance
  • Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management
  • Ministry of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Policy
  • Republic Geodetic Authority

The support of the European Union to the agriculture and rural development in Serbia is more than EUR 230 million worth from 2000 until now. The funds are used for increasing the competitiveness of agricultural holdings, companies and manufacturing capacities using the IPARD program, welfare and health control of the animals, maintaining the good condition of the soil, establishing the national referential laboratories, ensuring the overall food safety, harmonization of agricultural policies, as well as the preparation of the public management for the application of the standards of the EU.

The EU projects of this sector encourage the use of assets from the funds for agriculture and rural development, improving the quality of produce, ensure the encouragement and increase the competitiveness of Serbian farmers at the European Union market with over 500 million consumers. 

The support from the European Union is implemented in cooperation with the Serbian Government. The European Union is the biggest donor out of all other international donators put together. The donations from the European Union are used for Serbia`s development.

EU institutions/bodies

Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development (DG AGRI)

Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development (DG AGRI)

Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety (DG SANTE)

Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety (DG SANTE)

The European Network for Rural Development (ENRD)

The European Network for Rural Development (ENRD)

European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)

European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)

Consumers, Health, Agriculture and Food Executive Agency (CHAFEA)

Consumers, Health, Agriculture and Food Executive Agency (CHAFEA)

Last updated: October 26, 2021, 16:34