Authorities in Bucharest focus on new CAP and future subsidies


The implementation of direct payments and Romania’s options provided through the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) were two of the topics tackled at a meeting held yesterday between PM Victor Ponta and Dacian Ciolos, European Commissioner for Agriculture, according to Agerpres.
“2013 was an excellent year. It was the first year after 1994, if I remember well, therefore after 20 years, when Romanian exports of food and farm produce exceeded imports. It was one of Romania’s tragedies: how is it possible for such a rich country when it comes to agriculture to import more food than to export. And last year we turned the tables,” said Ponta. He declared in favour of modernizing Romanian agriculture and supporting ecological agriculture. European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Dacian Ciolos on Tuesday attended a meeting with the representatives of the Association of Romanian Villages. Discussions centered on the options made available for Romanian agriculture and rural areas through the 2014-2020 Common Agricultural Policy, the next necessary steps toward an adequate implementation of the future rural development program, and the future agricultural subsidies to be granted through the European Agricultural Guarantee Fund (EAGF). Commissioner Ciolos also met with Senate chairman Crin Antonescu, Eugen Teodorovici, Minister of European Funds, and Daniel Constantin, Minister of Agriculture, and he is scheduled to meet with President Traian Basescu today, the final day of his visit to Romania.
During his meeting with Daniel Constantin, Ciolos once more confirmed that transitory national payments will be made to increase the amounts per hectare granted in the following programing period. The two countries expressed confidence that Romania will maximize on the following programing period, as it is an important chance for our country to improve the agriculture sector and conditions in rural areas. According to Romania’s Rural Development Strategy, PNDR 2014 – 2020 focuses on measures necessary to develop the rural areas of Romania, while taking into account social, economic, and rural realities, as well as provisions under CAP 2020.

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