EU’s rural development policy is constantly evolving in order to respond to the challenges faced by the rural areas. In accordance with the Europe 2020 strategy there are three long-term strategic targets of the EU’s rural development policy in the period 2014 – 2020, which relate to stimulating the competitiveness of agriculture, ensuring sustainable management of natural resources and action against climate change, and achieving a balanced territorial development of rural economies and communities, including the creation and keeping of jobs.
Through its programmes, the Environmental Protection and Energy Efficiency Fund fosters the activities that systematically affect the adverse impacts on the natural resources in rural areas, such as the pollution of soil, water and air, which is one of the goals of the common policy of the European Union.
The cooperation of the Fund and the Ministry of Croatian Veterans under the Cooperation Agreement signed in February 2014 will continue in 2015 by inviting the Tender for funding from the Environmental Protection and Energy Efficiency Fund and the Ministry of Croatian Veterans for the purpose of joint financing of projects by the Croatian veterans’ cooperatives in the field of environmental protection. The goal of the joint financing of projects is stimulation and development of economic activities of the Croatian veterans’ cooperatives in the rural areas, adapting production facilities to EU standards, and creation of jobs.