The Agricultural and Rural Development Operational Programme (ARDOP) ties in with the strategic objectives stipulated in the National Development Plan.

It carries on, and integrates the elements of the state agricultural aid scheme, takes account of the potentials of the pre-accession programmes (Phare, SAPARD) through developments implemented within the framework of these.

It will play a priority role in the adjustment and reduction of territorial disparities ensuing from disparities in conditions of agricultural production, resolving rural social problems, sustaining and conserving ecological and natural values, as well as the protection of the environment.