Factsheet: Rural development

Rural development

Key Information
Full name of Instrument & Measure (English): 
Law 45/2007, dated December 13, for the sustainable development of rural areas
Full name of Instrument & Measure (native language): 
Ley 45/2007, de 13 de diciembre, para el desarrollo sostenible del medio rural
Law 45/2007 aims to contribute towards the balanced development of rural areas, comprehensively influencing the economic aspect (continuing traditional production activities and promoting diversification), the social aspects (improving the population’s quality of life by ensuring basic services) and in preserving natural and cultural resources. The Law recognizes that rural areas are characterised by a negative demographic dynamic, with significant falls in population and a large elderly population, by a strong dependence on agricultural activities and a significant burden from the protected natural areas. The Law establishes the programming of actions coordinated at all levels of Public Administration, together with the participation of the rural population through its associations. This programming is implementing using a variety of instruments, in particular the National Programme of Sustainable Rural Development.
sustainable development of rural areas

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Responsible Authority: 
Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment


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