“National policy instruments and EU Approximation process: Effects on farm holdings in the Western Balkan countries (EUEWB)”
The overall objective of this project is to strengthen cooperation among research community and administrations in the WB in order to create an effective and scientifically sound support to policy decision-making.
The specific objectives of the study are the following:
- Monitor and collect information on agricultural policy developments in the WB countries;
- Evaluate the availability and quality of farm level data in the WB and examine their applicability for scientific analysis in supporting policy making;
- Explore the possibility of extending the application of the EU based IFM-CAP farm model to the WB countries;
- Conduct relevant quantitative policy impact analyses.
Consequently, the following tasks are foreseen with the study:
Tasks 1– Monitor and collect information on agricultural policy developments in the WB countries:
- Collect information on agricultural policy developments in the WB
- Provide their evaluation of implications for the development of farming sector
- Provide the understanding of the approximation process with the EU acquis in agriculture and rural development
Tasks 2– Evaluate the availability and quality of farm level data
- Identify farm level database in the WB and evaluate their suitability of use for policy analysis.
- The primary focus is to identify the availability of FADN (Farm Accountancy Data Network) type of data
Tasks 3– Explore the possibility of extending the application of the EU based IFM-CAP farm model to the WB countries-Follow-up of task 2
- Evaluate the suitability of the identified farm level database for IFM-CAP model
- Study the possibility to generate consistent database for IFM-CAP
- Study the possibility of application of IFM-CAP for the generated consistent database.
Tasks 4– Conduct relevant quantitative policy impact analysis
- Identify relevant policy question that can be addressed and analysed at farm level
- Use either econometric/statistically based methods or counterfactual policy scenario simulations based on IFM-CAP model
- The choice of the specific approach should be based on the scientific suitability of the approach for the chosen policy question
The consortium ENgAGE (Expert Network for Agro-Economic modelling) has signed the framework contract with the Joint Research Centre https://ec.europa.eu/jrc/en/about/jrc-site/seville for “Support to the economic modelling of agricultural and related policies in Europe” which aims at providing high-quality expertise in using and developing agro-economic modelling tools, technical support and expertise in the economic analysis of European agricultural and rural development policies.
The Regional Rural Development Standing Working Group (SWG) http://seerural.org/
in South-East Europe covers this field of expertise based on sub-contract with ENgAGE.
The implementation period of the EU funded project is October 2015-June 2017.