THE SAPARD PROGRAM IN HUNGARY: PROBLEMS AND PERSPECTIVES

2002, 3 (3)   p. 217-230

E KOVÁCS, P SZELES, J BACSI

Abstract

The EU Agenda 2000 program, made public in 1997, established the basis for future EU member countries to develop their rural areas and agriculture. This was the SAPARD program, which was aimed at assisting 10 countries ready to join the union. The monetary fund of the program amounted to 520 million EUROs/year for the period 2000-2006, which the countries involved could apply for. Our research is trying to find an answer to problems emerging in the process of rural and agricultural development, in conflicts between two alternative programs; furthermore, it also covers various processes in a smaller area. We are focusing on the advantages and disadvantages of certain areas, on opportunities offered by a program of this type. Successful competition can only be achieved, when it is based on a cooperation and agreement of the local participants. We are illustrating this process through the history of the competition of the Keszthely- Hévíz Sub-Regional Association.

Keywords

sapard, hungary, sub-region, keszthely-hévíz and tátika- rezi sub-regions, top-bottom approach, bottom-up approach.

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