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Rural Development Programme 2007-2013

The Rural Development Programme (RDP), under Pillar II of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and based on the EU framework as well as the National Rural Development Strategy, was introduced in 2007. The RDP continued to build on the success of the two previous programmes. The RDP sets out three main priorities - competitiveness, protection of the environment through land management and the improvement of the quality of life in the wider rural economy. In the period 2007-2009, €1.89bn was spent on rural development measures, including Installation Aid (€10.5m), Early Retirement (€138.5m), Farm Investment (€40m), Disadvantaged areas (€733.6m) and REPS (€965.7m). However in 2009 a major revision of the programme took place in view of factors such as the changed economic situation, the introduction of the Health Check and the European Economic Recovery Package (EERP). Included in this revision were the closure of the REPS scheme to new applicants and the introduction of a number of new schemes including a new agri-environment scheme and a targeted investment scheme.