European policy consultants
Rural development and renewable energy

Eurinco services:

Our Agriculture and rural development briefing service keeps you informed of prospects and policy developments in the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and related regimes, with regular emails summarising key issues and linking you to the relevant websites for further information;

Eurinco rural environment briefing service keeps you informed of environmental policy developments impacting on farmers and land managers;

Eurinco climate change and renewable energy briefing service keeps you informed of policy developments and targets on climate change mitigation for land managers and draws attention to emerging incentives;

Eurinco waste management briefing service summarises key EU policy developments with a view to cost-effective compliance and identifying commercial opportunities;

All our services are available at EU, member state and national / regional level. We monitor developments in the European Commission and its Directorates, in the Council of Ministers and in the European Parliament.

In addition we can monitor and advise on implementation in UK or other member states; and / or in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.

In England, we monitor relevant developments and schemes operated by Natural England and the Environment Agency.

Following the abolition of the Regional Development Agencies (RDAs) and the regional offices of Government, we maintain contact with Defra and other Department officials in the 'regions' as they take over implementation of grants and other schemes.

We liaise also with LEPs (local enterprise partnerships), though most see only a limited role for themselves in relation to agriculture and rural development. We can also introduce you to the Defra Farming and Rural Network for your part of England (see below).

We also provide a bespoke service, assessing and advising on particular policy developments for individual clients - and developing plans to derive commercial advantage from emerging policy developments.

In addition, we facilitate seminars and workshops to help clients, their staff and / or clients to work through the implications and opportunities of particular policy developments for the business.

We work closely with specialist journals based in Brussels, but we offer a complementary service based on contacts with key policy-makers and members of the European Parliament, with the result that our analysis sometimes differs from the information in the public domain.

Eurinco does not offer a formal lobbying service, but we can facilitate discussions to broker solutions and arrange introductions as necessary.

Eurinco leads regular small group visits to Brussels for informal discussions with selected Commission officials and MEPs.

1. Farming Food and Rural Network East
2. Rural Network East Midlands
3. Lincolnshire Forum for Agriculture and Horticulture
4. Derbyshire Economic Partnership Rural Forum
5. Food, Farming and Rural Affairs Tees Valley
6. Farming and Rural Issues Group (covering much of the South East)
7. Essex Rural Partnership
8. The Kent Rural Network
9. Rural Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Partnership
10. South West Rural and Farming Network
11. Worcestershire Rural Hub (covering Worcestershire and close links with Warwickshire)
12. The Rural Hubs Partnership (covering Herefordshire, Shropshire and Staffs)
13. Yorkshire Food, Farming and Rural Network
14. The North Eastern Farming and Rural Advisory Network

Three additional RFNs were subsequently announced by Defra, largely covering areas already represented by the existing RFNs above: Wessex Rural and Farming Network; Cumbria & North Lancashire Farming, Food & Rural Group; and Cheshire, South and West Lancashire, Merseyside & Manchester Land Use Farming & Rural Group.

www.defra.gov.uk
See archive.defra.gov.uk for map of the areas covered.

The new networks sit alongside the £165 million package of measures to support rural communities announced in the Rural Economy Growth Review which aims to maximise the economic potential of rural communities and businesses. This included:
• £100 million to grow rural businesses through the Rural Development Programme for England;
• Grants totalling £20 million to extend superfast broadband to the remotest areas;
• New Rural Growth Networks to help rural areas overcome barriers to growth such as poor infrastructure, scarcity of business premises and lack of business networks;
• Action to cut red tape on use of farm buildings to address the shortage of rural business premises;
• £25 million to promote rural tourism and supporting its businesses; and
• Loans totalling £20 million for community-owned renewable energy schemes.
See Grants section of this website for more details on the individual programmes.

The Rural and Farming Networks chairs met with ministers for the first time in early 2012. For further information contact ruralandfarmingnetwork@defra.gsi.gov.uk