The Agency for Restructuring and Modernisation of Agriculture (ARMA) was established in 1994 with the aim to support agriculture and rural development in Poland. Following Poland’s decision to join the European Union, ARMA has been designated by the Government of the Republic of Poland to perform the role of an accredited paying agency.
The Agency is headed by a President appointed by the Prime Minister of the Republic of Poland upon a joint request by the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Minister of Finance. The structure of ARMA comprises three levels: the Headquarters, 16 Regional Offices in each region (voivodship) and 314 Local Offices.
The Agency, as the performer of agricultural policy, cooperates with its supervising body - the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. At the same time, as a spender of public funds, ARMA falls under the supervision of the Ministry of Finance.
The scope of ARMA’s operation involves both the implementation of instruments co-financed from the European Union’s budget as well as providing of aid from national funds.
The main beneficiaries of measures implemented by ARMA are farmers, inhabitants of rural areas, entrepreneurs from the agri-food sector, local governments. The Agency also provides aid to entities operating in the fisheries sector.