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      • Agricultural Policy

        Rural Development Policy comprises interventions by the ministry of Rural Development and Food, in the rural growth and the economy of the countryside, via national or European policies.

        The interventions focus on the production of sufficient and safe quality products, as well as on safeguarding a satisfactory level of rural income and reasonable prices of products to the consumer. Furthermore there is a motivation towards providing public goods, sustainable use of natural resources and the protection of the environment.

        The Rural Policy deals with social, economical, environmental and cultural issues of rural regions and societies of the countryside, For this reason, the Ministry studies data of the rural sector, discusses with stakeholders, sets long and medium–term objectives, and plans the implementation of policies compatible with the frameset by the Common Agricultural Policy of European Union.

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        • Agricultural Income & Budgetary Issues

          The Greek National Statistics Services (NSS) informs periodically the Ministry of Rural Development and Food about the evolution of the basic economic aggregates as the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), the Gross Fixed Capital Formation (Public and Private), the employment in agriculture, etc. Also our Ministry monitors the results of two main Census of NSS: a) Census of Agriculture and Livestock b) Farm Structural Survey.

          Our Ministry through the National Statistic Services and particular the department of National Accounts attends the evolution of Agricultural Income in Greece and in other Member States of EU. The Agricultural Income is one of the most important economic aggregates attended by the National Statistics Services of Greece. It is calculated, along with the main income indicators (A,B and C), according to the methodology of the national accounts ESA 95. As agricultural income is defined the income generated by agricultural activities over a given accounting period, even though in certain cases the corresponding revenues will not be revised until a later date. It does not therefore constitute the income effectively itself. Moreover it is not indicator of total income or of the disposable income of the farming holdings, since they often receive income from other sources (non- agricultural activities, salaries, social benefits, income from property).

          According to Reg.1290/2005 for the financing of CAP, including Rural Development, there are two Funds established inside the European Budget:
          - The European Agricultural Guarantee Fund (EAGF)
          - The European Agricultural Rural Development Fund (EARDF)
          The EAGF finances expenditure concerning the agricultural markets, that is refunds on exports, interventions on markets, direct payments and also central payments made by Commission for the promotion of agricultural products, veterinary actions, fisheries, etc.
          The EARDF finances programs of Rural Development.
          The expenditure of Member States from 16 October 2006 on is financed from these two Funds.
          The unit of Income and Financing Policy has the responsibility of participating in the Funds Committee's meetings, which helps European Commission in its work. Also the Paying Agency (OPEKEPE) participates. Topics discussed are consultation on financing of the MS for the following month, consultation on clearance of accounts, vote on projects of Commission's regulations, etc.

          AGRIFIN is a working group of the Council which deals with financial aspects related to agricultural policy, such as financial implications of the measures to be decided, Early Warning System, reports of the European Court of Auditors, etc. President of the AGRIFIN group's meetings is representative of the Member State, which has the presidency of the EU. The results of the meetings are announced to COREPER.

           Financial Perspectives for 2007 - 2013        
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        • EU & International Relations

          The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is the first common policy legally established since the foundation of the then European Economic Community (EEC). It operates clear and strictly binding rules for its member-states absorbing a large amount of community financial resources.

          During its long standing (over forty years of existence), the CAP has frequently undergone far-reaching changes and adjustments with a view of responding to contemporary challenges of a rapidly evolving world, on the front of finance, environment, consumption, etc, and aligning with international and national provisions and commitments resulted in the context of various international organizations such as WTO, OECD, FAO, etc, in which the European Union participates either as a full member or an observer status or otherwise.

          The European Union successfully maintains diplomatic relations with a large number of countries all over the world and, in this sense, it plays an increasingly influential role on a global level. 

          With the original Treaties of the European Union established as they have been evolved over the years, a large amount of sovereign rights and powers have been transferred to the Institutions of the European Union, the European Commission in particular, which exercises its legal rights on their behalf, responding officially to all commitments stipulated and agreed in the Treaties. Under the recently launched European Constitution, subject to ratification of member states, the functions of the Commission (mainly as a manager, negotiator and guardian of the Treaties) will be increasingly broadened and more clarified.

          The export trade is considered to be the most but not the sole important basis of the external relations of the EU negotiating with trade partners, determining tariff procedures, free-tariff agreements or reduction, quota-tariff imports and related matters.
          CAP is directly related to the implementation of a new common export policy, which, in turn, is related to commitments arising out of jointly signed International Conventions. On the basis of this framework, the operation of the CAP is closely related to the operation of the Common Commercial Policy.
          During the operation of the CAP, several negotiating Rounds have taken place in the context of then GATT, lately replaced by WTO in 1995, in which agriculture was the main subject of negotiations resulting eventually in successful agreements.

          Over the last three years, there have been ongoing negotiations with agriculture in focus, in the framework of Development Doha Agenda (D.D.A) as a continuous process of Uruguay’s Round terminated in 2000.

          A new agreement ever reached will have a strong impact on the international trade in the direction of its further liberalization affecting profoundly farmers’ domestic support, in particular the part of it which is strongly responsible for the distortion of international trade in agricultural products.
          Beyond the multilateral trade negotiations and agreements, the European Union signs trade agreements with third countries after intensive consultations with the countries concerned, which are eventually binding for implementation for its member states. These agreements may be in the form of preferential ones or not, specific agreements for commodities or partnerships (such as EU - Australia agreement for wines or EU – Russia agreement on veterinary sector, etc.

          All the above agriculture issues related to CAP fall into the responsibility of our Ministry of Rural Development and Food and to a large extent into the competence of the Directorate for Agricultural Policy and Documentation.

          Our Directorate participates actively with our experts either directly or indirectly via coordination parties convened in order to formulate a common stance that will eventually represent the position of the European Union in international Fora.

          Our country, while being a member of the European Union since 1981 with all its commitments arising out of its signed Treaty, has established bilateral relations with several countries by signing protocols or partnerships which are part of foreign policy coordinated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

          These protocols are inevitably signed with developing countries expecting assistance in know-how, educational in certain specific areas etc. The existence of this kind of cooperation will potentially form the basis of building better commercial relations for mutual benefit in the long run.

          More information: Sotiris Koutsomitros, tel.: 210 212 55 08  E-mail:

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Useful Infromation

1540 Farmers Call Center 

The telephone number "1540" s an automatic telephone service system that is interfacing with the information systems of the Ministry and provides automated answering services.

The currently available "1540" services are:

  • Reply of the Ministry Representative.
  • The update on the single payment payments OPEKEPE (requires identification of the Beneficiary with VAT and the last 4 digits of the Farmer's Identity)
  • Complaints relating to the origin of meat.
  • Information on Greek Food
  • Information about available digital services of the Hellenic Ministry of Rrural Development anf Foods

Contact Us


Hellenic Ministry of Rural Development and Food |

Address: 2 Acharnon,Athens, 101 76, Greece, |

Call Center: +30 (210) 212-4000 |  

Farmers Call Center: 1540 | email:  |


The address of Dir of e-Government and Informatics is: Acharnon 381 & Destouni 2,

Postcode.: 111 43, Athens.




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Υπουργείο Αγροτικής Ανάπτυξης και Τροφίμων |

Διεύθυνση: Αχαρνών 2, Αθήνα, 101 76, Ελλάδα |

Τηλεφωνικό Κέντρο: +30 (210) 212-4000 |  

Κέντρο εξυπηρέτησης Αγροτών: 1540 και το email |


Η ταχυδρομική διεύθυνση της Διεύθυνσης Ηλεκτρονικής Διακυβέρνησης είναι: Αχαρνών 381 & Δεστούνη 2,

Τ.Κ.: 111 43, Αθήνα.




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