SRDP Approved by European Commission
The Scottish Rural Development Programme 2014-2020 was formally approved by the European Commission on 26 May 2015, this was welcomed by Richard Lochhead Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Food and the Environment. He said:
“The SRDP is crucial for Scottish farming, food production, rural communities and the environment, and I am pleased that it has finally been approved.
“This will enable to the Scottish Government to begin approving applications and making payments on those schemes we have already opened to mitigate, as far as possible, the impact of delays in the European sign-off process.
“It again highlights the need for ambitious and urgent reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) from within Europe, and I continue to urge the UK Government to work with the European Commission to swiftly deliver a simpler, more streamlined CAP.”