The management and implementation of this programme is carried out by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management and the Directorate of Agricultural Payments. The aid is aimed at direct beneficiaries, i.e. agricultural producers – legal and natural persons. This programme is a preparation for the use of funds from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD). Specific provisions on the implementation of IPA are contained in the framework agreements between the European Commission and the beneficiaries. In addition, detailed rules on IPARD are contained in the sectoral agreement signed between the European Commission and the IPARD II countries. Country-specific IPARD programmes are developed by national authorities and approved by the European Commission. .