The paper presents the general characteristics of the Rural Development Programme (2014-2020) in the light of the European Union regulations. The RDP is programmed base on six measures and a number of sub-measures, which are developed to reflect modern trends in the development of rural areas. For Poland there was specified budget of more than 13.5 billion euros, including the EAFRD measures at 8.6 billion (63.7%) and 4.9 billion (36.3%) of the national co-financing. The spending trends of RDP means presented to the European Commission were slightly adjusted, through the launch of additional activities associated with investments in farms located in Natura 2000 areas and in less favoured areas (LFA). Start of financial instruments will be delayed by protracted legislative process.