Daniel Constantin is the new General Manager of the Agency of Payments and Intervention for Agriculture (APIA). He was appointed in this position on April 1, by an order of the Agriculture Minister, APIA announces according to Agerpres. Daniel Constantin was the winner of the contest organized by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forests and Rural Development (MAPDR) for this position.
The new General Manager of APIA has over six years of experience in European integration, the institutional development of APIA, as well as in accessing European funds. According to APIA representatives, Daniel Constantin worked as a coordinator of the European Integration Advisers Corps in the MAPDR since 2003, and had responsibilities in the negotiation of the financial support granted to the Romanian agriculture and also in the negotiation of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), such as its reform, the financial frame for 2007 – 2013 etc. Moreover, since 2003, Daniel Constantin has worked on the institutional development of APIA.
Last year Romania registered the second highest real agricultural income hike in the EU
The average real income within the Romanian agricultural sector has registered the second highest hike in the EU last year, namely a hike of 28.4 per cent, Eurostat informs. The index registered a 9.3 per cent growth within the EU in 2007. The highest agricultural income hike last year was registered by Bulgaria (28.9 per cent). Hungary ranked third in the table, registering a hike of 18.6 per cent. The steepest drops were registered by Denmark (-24.7 per cent), Estonia (-23 per cent) and Belgium (-22.6 per cent). 19 of the 27 EU member states registered drops, while 8 states registered hikes.
The drop in the EU’s average real income within the agricultural sector in 2008 reflects, among other things, the rise in the cost of agricultural operations, as well as the rise in the cost of energy, fertilizers and fodder. Those costs rose by 10.3 per cent.