The European Affairs Minister Leonard Orban stated yesterday that the European Commissioner for Agriculture Dacian Ciolos intended to propose a limitation of direct payments for large surface farms, adding there were reasons to believe the proposal would be accepted by the European Commission (EC). “Mr. Ciolos wishes and insists – this is his firm belief and, as far as I can tell, it will be embraced by the EC – that a limit should be set on surfaces. I will not give you an exact figure as yet, though,” Orban stated, in a conference, quoted by Mediafax. The latter added that we should wait for an official announcement from the EC. When asked about the purpose of this measure the Commission intends to adopt, Orban replied: “It is thought that, to a certain extent, amounts paid for large surfaces are large enough as it is and efforts to boost productivity are no longer stimulated. The amounts allotted are considerable and farmers are no longer concerned with boosting productivity, they no longer make any efforts to find environmentally-friendly solutions”. Orban argued that the proposal was “essentially favourable to Romania”. This year’s subventions amount to EUR 176 per hectare.