Bureau for Rural Programmes supports the preparation of rural Poland for efficient functioning within the European Union.
Since 1991 the Cooperation Fund has implemented programmes related to the development of agriculture and rural areas. The first programme was “Agroline”, that is “Credit Line for the Import of Equipment for Agriculture and Agro-Industry in Poland” (1991-1996), financed with EU Phare funds, covering money-lending activity, as well as training and information support, directed first of all to cooperative banks.
This programme was continued by “Agroline 2000” (1996-2003), financed from repayments of the previously granted loans. The mission of “Agroline 2000” was to support rural transformation and to aid inhabitants of rural areas in their active adaptation to the conditions of market economy and European integration. Within the framework of this programme:
- over 2 000 investment loans were granted;
- training for over 22 000 persons was delivered or co-financed;
- nearly twenty publications addressed to rural areas inhabitants were issued and several dozen publications were co-financed;
- over 200 small grants were granted.
In 2002 in the Cooperation Fund, the Bureau for Rural Programmes was established.
At present, the Bureau is implementing the following programmes and projects: