This Act provides for an administrative arrangement for central and local authorities concerning spatial planning and development in rural areas. In particular, the Act aims at geographically directed policy by competent authorities for the development of rural areas. It also provides for an administrative framework for the financial arrangements under Council Regulation (EC) No. 1698/2005 on support for rural development by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development. The Act also concerns land consolidation measures.
Implements: Council Regulation (EC) No. 1698/2005 on support for rural development by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD). (2005-09-20)
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The Dutch United Provinces declared their independence from Spain in 1579; during the 17th century, they became a leading seafaring and commercial power, with settlements and colonies around the world. After a 20-year French occupation, a Kingdom of the Netherlands was formed in 1815. In 1830, Belgium seceded and formed a separate kingdom. The Netherlands remained neutral in World War I, but suffered German invasion and occupation in World War II. A modern, industrialized nation, the Netherlands is also a large exporter of agricultural products.