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Public support for forestry from EU funds – Cases of Czech Republic and Slovak Republic

Vilém Jarský, Department of Forestry Economics and Management, Faculty of Forestry and Wood Sciences, Czech University of Life Sciences Prague, Czech Republic, jarsky@fld.czu.cz Zuzana Sarvašová, Department of Forest Strategy, Policy and Economics, National Forest Centre – Forest Research Institute Zvolen, Slovak Republic, sarvasova@nlcsk.org Zuzana Dobšinská, Department of Economics and Management of Forestry, Faculty of Forestry, Technical University in Zvolen, Slovak Republic, dobsinska@tuzvo.sk Kateřina Ventrubová, Department of Forestry Economics and Management, Faculty of Forestry and Wood Sciences, Czech University of Life Sciences Prague, Czech Republic, ventrubova@fld.czu.cz Milan Sarvaš, Institute for Forest Consulting and Education, National Forest Centre Zvolen, Slovak Republic, sarvas@nlcsk.org
 
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Vilém Jarský, Zuzana Sarvašová, Zuzana Dobšinská, Kateřina Ventrubová and Milan Sarvaš (2014), "Public support for forestry from EU funds – Cases of Czech Republic and Slovak Republic", Journal of Forest Economics: Vol. 20: No. 4, pp 380-395. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jfe.2014.10.004

Published: 0/12/2014
© 0 2014 Vilém Jarský, Zuzana Sarvašová, Zuzana Dobšinská, Kateřina Ventrubová, Milan Sarvaš
 
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Programme evaluationRural development policyForestrySupport measureCzech RepublicSlovakia
 

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Rural development policy in the European Union (EU) has been implemented through different instruments. This paper is focused on support for the forestry sector from the EU funds in the years 2004–2006 in two EU Member States – Czech Republic (CZ) and Slovakia (SK). The comparison of support for forestry activities from the EU funds, delivered through the implementation of National Operational Programmes, showed differences at country level. Both countries had the opportunity to apply for support based on common EU policy, but they were able to select measures that reflected their specific needs and priorities at national level. Within Operational Programmes the following indicators were evaluated: description of forestry measures, financial support, number of applications, beneficiaries, outcomes and impacts. The comparison of financial support showed that the greater part of support in SK was granted to non-profit investments, whereas in CZ into profit making investments. The main difference was in the interest shown by applicants for support. In CZ nearly 80% of submitted applications were approved compared to 59% in SK. The analysis showed that the main reason for differences in utilisation of available sources was that different principles were applied when selecting supported measures or defining the activities to be supported within the measure.

DOI:10.1016/j.jfe.2014.10.004