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August 10, 2022

Ciolos: Convergence of direct payments in Romania, taken into discussion

A number of elements which take into account the specificity of Romania can be found in the new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), said in a press conference Dacian Ciolos, the European Commissioner for Agriculture, Agerpres informs. According to the European Commissioner, first ever elements appear in the new CAP, such as conditioning the payments on green farming practices, but also the emergence of an additional subsidy, given to young farmers, within the first five years since setting up. ‘Another discussed item – in negotiations on CAP reform, editor’s note – was the greening of direct payments, i.e. conditioning the payments on sustainable agricultural practices (30 per cent of total), and this idea was accepted. For direct payments, we gave the possibility to Member States to maintain their system of direct payments per hectare until 2020. Some other items emerged: a fixed, simplified payment for small farms to be granted, and farmers will no longer have to complete payment requests each year. The payment will be fixed and the same every year. Then, the complementary subsidy for young farmers to be disbursed during the first five years since installation, who are holding surfaces between 25 and 90 hectares. The subsidy will not exceed 25 per cent,’ the European official said.
‘Romania will be able to provide some direct subsidies coupled to production, to sustain certain types of production, of up to 13 per cent of the total. Another 2 per cent have been introduced to stimulate vegetal proteins. It was also established to increase the subsidy per hectare to farmers in disadvantaged areas,’ Ciolos underlined.
Also, European Commissioner for Agriculture Dacian Ciolos recommended that the Romanian milk sector should benefit from a sub-programme in order to resolve the issue of competitiveness.
Romania is the first country where Dacian Ciolos presented, on Friday, the results of intense negotiations that have lasted nearly two years, between the European Commission, the Council of Ministers and the European Parliament.

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