What are operating groups?
The Operational Groups, main actors in the implementation of the AEI-Agri (European Association for Innovation in Productive and Sustainable Agriculture), are one of the key tools in the execution of the National Rural Development Program 2014-2020 to promote innovation in the agri-food and forestry sector within the European sphere. This is the grouping of agents with different profiles with common interests, such as farmers, ranchers, companies, research centres or training and dissemination centres, who come together to launch an innovation project in order to provide a joint response and multisectorial to a problem or need.
Through the Resolution of October 18, 2021, of the Spanish Agricultural Guarantee Fund, OA (FEGA) by which aid is called for the granting of subsidies for the execution of innovation projects of general interest by operating groups of the AEI-Agri , within the framework of the National Rural Development Program 2014-2020, for the year 2020, the operational group “From waste to resource: Circular economy in the poultry sector through the use of energy from manure” (AVIENERGY), with a total budget of €583,672.84, receives a subsidy of €565,872.84 co-financed 80% by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (FEADER) and 20% by funds from the General State Administration, as established by Royal Decree 169/2018 , of March 23.
The General Directorate of Rural Development, Innovation and Forestry Policy is the management authority in charge of applying the EAFRD and corresponding national aid.