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The Special Accession Programme for Agriculture and Rural Development – the SAPARD programme – and its significance for the Czech Republic

Author: Mgr. Iva Gregorová
Year: 2005 - winter
Leaders: Mgr. Pavlína Žáková PhD
Work type: European Integration
Language: Czech
Pages: 127
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Abstract: The aim of this final work is to acquaint the reader with the Special Accession Programme for Agriculture and Rural Development as it is applied and implemented in the Czech Republic. The pivotal goals of this programme are the support of the sustainable development of agriculture and countryside, orientation of the Czech Republic on priorities of the common agricultural policy and assistance by the implementation of acquis in the field of the common agricultural policy and rural development. Another goal is to educate the competent institutions how to use the financial procedures and control mechanism that are being used in the EU.
The SAPARD programme was opened for the candidate countries already in 2000. It was, at the same time, the only programme that was fully administrated by the candidate country itself and thus it was approaching the way how funding from the structural funds are provided in the European Union framework. Nevertheless, just due to decentralisation the programme was initiated in the Czech Republic in 2002, because only in April 2002 the last condition for the starting up was fulfilled, which was the accreditation of SAPARD Agency by the European Commission. The fundamental document for this programme, The Agricultural and Rural Development Plan of the Czech Republic for the period 2000-2006, defines 3 priorities and 9 measures that specify which projects can receive the financial support.
The pivotal part of the paper is the case study that analyses 2 specific projects implemented within this programme. Here, I turn my attention to the specific conditions that the applicants had to fulfil to get through the whole process from the application to the final payment and I analyse incurred problems. In both projects my intention is to quantify the costs and benefits and decide whether the project should have been chosen and supported by the programme. Both projects are mutually compared and evaluated if the expended financial resources were used effectively.
The concluding part is dealing with the overall evaluation of the SAPARD programme in the Czech Republic and tries to answer the question if the allocated financial means were used fully in accordance with the programme intentions.

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