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Territorial dimensions of agro-environmental measures and LFA in rural development policy in the Czech Republic

Paper focused on agro-environmental subsidies impacts on the marginalized region development.

ABSTRACT: Outlined by the Common Agriculture Policy (CAP), the rural development policy enables the application of the territorial dimension. The goal of this paper is the analysis and determination of the appropriateness of the CAP development policy tools specifically within the Czech Republic. Furthermore, there is emphasis on the compliancy with the EU territorial cohesion objectives. The analyses concentrate on the agro-environmental measures (AEM) and less-favoured areas (LFA) support. In addition, payments during the 2004–2006 periods are evaluated. Relevant statistical indicators that include geographical, demographical, and economical are designated. Testing and verification of the indicators undertakes comparative examination based on municipal size-categories. The results of this process indicate that AEM and LFA schemes do not benefit the underdeveloped municipalities as intended by the EU territorial cohesion objectives.

Pělucha M., Květoň V., Jílková J. (2013): Territorial dimensions of agro-environmental measures and LFA in rural development policy in the Czech Republic. Land Use Policy 34: 91-103. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.landusepol.2013.01.006

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