Water saving is a priority

The budget of the European agricultural fund for rural development (EAFRD) for 2021-27 amounts to €95.5 billion, which includes an injection of €8.1 billion from the next generation EU recovery instrument to help address the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Support from EU rural development funds can be used for investments in irrigation. These investments are eligible only in the case of offering potential water savings of existing infrastructure by 5% to 25% depending on its technical parameters.

Get more information on the need for irrigation in Europe in this briefing from the European Parliament.