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December 4, 2022

One off payments per surface area to hit EUR 730 M in 2010

The one off payments per surface area will come to 730 M euros in 2010. Adding to the sum, to be paid via the European Agricultural Guarantee Fund (FEGA), will be a further EUR 503 M for direct national complementary payments, Mediafax quoted Agriculture and Rural Development Minister Mihail Dumitru to have told a press conference yesterday. The FEGA-allocated funds came to EUR 623 M. ‘Agricultural subsidies won’t disappear in 2010. However, a number of subsidies has vanished December 31, 2009 onward, given a granting timetable being set along with the European Commission. These subsidies are in line with EU and competence regulations. (…) and will be handed out once the European Commission passes them,’ Dumitru said.

‘The amount actually paid via the European Agricultural Guarantee Fund, an investment fund through which we also make hectare payments, was of EUR 1.3 bln,’ the agriculture minister said. Romanian authorities plan to cut the error rate back to under 5 per cent this year on funding applications under the one off payment scheme per surface. According to Minister Dumitru, the chief mistakes refer to identifying and locating land tracts. The ministry is also going to introduce an evaluation and oversight system using support funds to growers of cattle, sheep and caprinae. ‘The Agency for Payments and Interventions in Agriculture will be streamlined, meaning personnel relocations aimed at covering activity peaks. Human resources need to be standardized,’ Mihail Dumitru said. Large, technology-resourceful farmers can apply for funding online, via the Online IPA program.

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