Joint Task for the "Improvement of Agricultural Structures and Coastal Protection"
The Federal Government and the Länder jointly promote rural areas, agriculture and coastal protection.
The Joint Task for the Improvement of Agricultural Structures and Coastal Protection aims to
- guarantee that the agricultural and forestry sectors are efficient and geared to future requirements;
- ensure that these sectors are competitive in the European Community’s common market;
- ensure that rural areas remain efficient in the long term and that environmentally sound and resource-conserving agricultural and forestry sectors are an integral part of these areas;
- improve coastal protection.
To implement the Joint Task and the outlined principles, the funds made available by the Länder are primarily paid out as grants to the agricultural and forestry sectors and to improve coastal protection. The federal government reimburses 60 per cent of the costs incurred by the Länder (coastal protection: 70 percent).
Details regarding the principles, aims and procedural questions are regulated in the Act on a Joint Task for the Improvement of Agricultural Structures and Coastal Protection (GAK Act – GAKG).
For more information on legal foundations and on how they work, please refer to the Explanatory comments on the Joint Task. If you are looking for contact details, please refer to the Contact persons of the responsible ministries.
Framework of the Joint Task
To realise the Joint Task, the federal and Länder authorities devise a joint framework for a four-year financial planning period. The GAK framework lists the measures including the associated aims; it describes the funding principles, eligibility conditions and the type and size of aid payments.
The framework is adopted by the Programme Committee for Agricultural Structures and Coastal Protection, which brings together agriculture ministers at federal and Länder level and the Federal Minister of Finance. It applies throughout the financial planning period and is reviewed annually and adjusted to current developments.
In its meeting on 12 December 2019 under the chairmanship of Federal Minister Julia Klöckner, the Programme Committee for Agricultural Structures and Coastal Protection adopted criteria for supporting schemes for the 2020 framework.
For an overview of the frameworks since 1973 please go to. If you are interested in reports on the implementation of the Joint Task in different years, please refer to the BMEL portal on "Statistics and reports".