Country Indicative Strategy Papers (ISP) uses the political priorities set out in the enlargement policy framework to identify key areas where financial assistance is most needed and most useful. ISPs are multi-annual documents prepared by European Commission (EC). ISP can be also identified as the planning of the activities that is needed by the beneficial country to progress on the path to accession.
ISP sets out the targets regarding financial assistance, the ways to achieve those aims and; tools and indicators used for measuring the progress. ISP is prepared by Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR- EC) with the contributions of related EU Delegation and other DGs of EC. ISP for Turkey is prepared in close collaboration with our country.
Indicative Strategy Paper for Turkey (2014-2020) is adopted and published on 26th August 2014. Aforementioned document is available at http://ec.europa.eu/enlargement/pdf/key _documents/2014/20140919-csp-turkey.pdf .
The document sets out the priorities of the sectors in the Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA II). In the document, it is stated that the sectors and financial priorities in each sector is determined by EU and Turkey in line with political priorities in EU Enlargement Strategy and Commission's Annual Progress Report; and also Turkey's national policy and strategy is also taken into consideration. Within the scope of the document, nine sectors, one of which is "Agriculture and Rural Development", are included.
Under title "Agriculture and Rural Development" the budget allocated for 2014-2020 period is EUR 912,2 million. Allocation for Rural Development (IPARD II) and Institutional Capacity Building sub sectors are EUR 801 million and EUR 111,2 million, respectively.
Indicative Strategy Paper for Turkey, Institution and Capacity Building Sub-Sector-
Agriculture and Rural Development
- Turkey's alignment with and implementation of the Common Agricultural Policy,
- Building capacity in the IPARD managing authority, the IPARD agency and supporting institutions such as advisory services, as far as is necessary for IPARD II,
- Setting-up of EU-aligned agricultural support schemes and mechanisms, improving statistics,
- Improving the climate resilience of agricultural sector, organic farming control and certification systems,
- Introducing the Single Common Market Organisation (CMO) rules and standards,
- Increasing harmonisation with EU food quality policy, including an inspection system and aiming at increased stakeholder awareness.
Food Safety, Veterinary and Phytosanitary Policy
- Improving official checks on food and feed in terms of technical capacity (including risk assessment and risk communication) and infrastructure (including laboratories) as well as improving import control systems in terms of administrative capacity,
- Multi- country cooperation for the development of technical and administrative capacity for satisfying the requirements of the EU Food Law in the area of risk assessment (e.g. EFSA Pre-accession programme 2007-13), as well as the monitoring of zoonoses,
- Institutional and capacity building to prepare and implement a national programme to upgrade agri-food establishments,
- Developing a strategy for using non-compliant raw milk, and the monitoring of the strategy's implementation,
- Capacity building on animal health, animal welfare, animal by-products (collection, processing and use) and zoonotic diseases,
- Improving the diagnostic and surveillance capacity with regards to animal diseases, in particular for transmissible spongiform encephalopathy (TSEs) and assisting further implementation of animal identification and registration systems,
- Institutional and capacity building in phytosanitary area particularly for authorising and controlling plant protection products,
- Improving knowledge of EU standards of relevant business and farming sectors.
- Preparing a strategy to increase alignment with the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) and strengthening institutional capacity and legal alignment for fisheries management to meet the requirements in the reformed CFP,
- Improving capacity for the conservation and the sustainability of fisheries resources, including resource and fleet management; eco-system based fisheries management and stronger enforcement,
- Preparation of the implementation of the fisheries common market organization,
- Increasing the stakeholder awareness and participation to ensure a smoother transition period in the EU alignment process,
- Complementariness of the above activities to assistance already programmed under IPA 2007-13, particularly on strengthening monitoring, surveillance and control, combating of IUU (Illegal, Unregulated and Unreported) fishing and data collection.
Indicative Strategy Paper for Turkey, Rural Development (IPARD II) Sub-Sector
Expected results are:
- a group of modernised farms and agri-food enterprises that gradually meet EU standards;
- increased investments in agriculture holdings;
- increased investment in processing and marketing agricultural and fishery products;
- improved diversification and development of rural economic activities;
- capacity of the IPARD structures reinforced.
Actions to achieve these results include:
Increasing the capacity in the IPARD programme and supporting investments in physical assets in agricultural holdings, establishments processing and marketing agricultural and fishery products, farm diversification and business development.
Complementary activities may also include the preparation and implementation of local development strategies in line with the LEADER approach, agri-environment measures and organic farming, technical assistance and advisory services.
An appropriate balance must be struck between activities targeting alignment with the acquis and a broader socio-economic development of the sector. Complementarity between the IPARD programme and the national rural development policies will be ensured.