Krasimira Zagorova – Technical University of Varna, 1 Studentska str., 9000 Varna, Bulgariа

Keywords:                    European Union;
Common Agricultural Policy;
Contemporary priorities;
European Agriculture
Guarantee Fund


Abstract: This study contains a retrospective analysis of the development of the Common Agricultural Policy of the European Union in modern condi­tions, spanning the period 2007-2013 up to the present 2020-2025 program­ming period. In particular, the object of analysis are the priorities in the ag­ricultural sector of the Community, known as “key areas”, defined in three main directions: (1) promotion of the competitiveness of farms in the agri­cultural and forestry sectors, (2) improvement of the environment and the natural assets in the agricultural regions, (3) improvement of the quality of life in rural areas. In the course of the analysis are reflected the trends of re­ducing the cost of intervention on agricultural markets with European Ag­riculture Guarantee Fund resources, particularly pronounced in the 2014- 2020 programming period, still going on in the next indicative period after the year 2020. Finally, conclusions have been drawn, taking into account the invariability of the fundamental goals of the EU Common Agricultural Poli­cy ever since its introduction by the Treaty of Rome (1958). In conclusion, it is pointed out that in parallel with the market and social goals protecting the interests of both European producers and consumers, the objectives of the European Agricultural Policy at this stage are complemented by new ones, which, by supporting primary agricultural activity, namely the production of foods, add other dimensions as well.

9th International Scientific ERAZ Conference – ERAZ 2023 – Conference Proceedings: KNOWLEDGE BASED SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT, hybrid – online, virtually and in person, Prague, Czech Republic, June 1, 2023

ERAZ Conference Proceedings published by: Association of Economists and Managers of the Balkans – Belgrade, Serbia

ERAZ conference partners: Faculty of Logistics, University of Maribor, Maribor (Slovenia); University of National and World Economy – UNWE, Sofia (Bulgaria); Center for Political Research and Documentation (KEPET), Research Laboratory of the Department of Political Science of University of Crete (Greece); Institute of Public Finance – Zagreb (Croatia); Faculty of Tourism and Hospitality Ohrid, University of St. Kliment Ohridski from Bitola (North Macedonia)

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Suggested citation

Zagorova, K. (2023). Contemporary Priorities in the Development of the General Agricultural Policy of the European Union. In V. Bevanda (Ed.), ERAZ Conference – Knowlegde Based Sustainable Development: Vol 9. Conference Proceedings (pp. 89-96). Association of Economists and Managers of the Balkans.


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