The Rural Development Committee (consisting of representatives of the 27 Member States) gave a positive opinion to the Rural Development programmes of Denmark, Scotland, France (Guadeloupe) and Italy (Valle d'Aosta, Puglia, Sicily and Basilicata) for the financial period 2007-2013. These programmes are defined to guarantee infrastructure, create new income opportunities for rural regions, promote growth and fight unemployment. The Commission still has to formally adopt the programmes in the next weeks.
'The adoption of these Rural Development programmes is vital for the future of our rural areas. This money helps the agricultural sector to diversify, but also finances crucial environmental projects and helps create jobs outside farming', said Mariann Fischer Boel, Commissioner of Agriculture and Rural Development. '