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EU Commission supports Estonian rural life with 993 million euros

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The European Commission formally approved the Estonian Rural Development Plan, on the basis of which, 993 million euros in grants to promote life in rural regions will be paid, LETA/Postimees Online reports.

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Of the total, 823 million euros comes from the European Union budget, and 169 million from the state of Estonia.

The development plan is focused on environment-friendly agricultural activities connected to water, soil and biological diversity, the European Commission Representation in Estonia announced.

According to the Rural Development Plan, agri-environmental commitments form approximately 70% of Estonia's farmland. To improve competitiveness, 4% of farms will get investment support and 3% of farmers will be helped to establish or take over an agricultural company.

Transfer of knowledge and innovation are preferred. More than 4,000 farmers will receive training. As the result of diversification of the rural economy, 225 new jobs should be created in rural areas.

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