Did you know that 40% of the EU’s total budget goes to agriculture? Making sure that consumers get the highest quality products while also supporting the European farmers is a top priority for the EU, ever since it created the Common Agricultural Policy in 1962. This is why agriculture is also a very important part of the EU accession process. Chapters 11, 12 and 13 lay down the standards which Montenegro needs to abide by to join the EU family.
On this road, the EU sets aside considerable funds to help Montenegro’s build up and modernize its agriculture sector while supporting the farmers. €7.8 million have been invested since 2007 through EU’s pre-accession funds to support food safety, veterinary and phytosanitary area and an additional 1.5 million have been set to support fisheries in Montenegro. The EU has also assisted Montenegrin farmers with €39 million trough IPARD II programme. Thanks to it, many local farmers have received equipment and know-how, and many Montenegrin companies have built up their operations, created new jobs and are now exporting to the EU.
The EU will continue to provide support needed for restructuring and modernizing this sector, in order to boost agribusiness development, create competitive agricultural holdings and enhance investments in rural infrastructure.