EC financed RuralFest in Bucharest

European Commissioner Dacian Ciolos considers that RuralFest, the event organized on Sunday in Bucharest, expresses in the best of ways the link between rural and urban areas in a period in which urbanization is increasingly accelerated, but also the fact that several years after Romania joined the European Union “rural traditions are not endangered.”
He pointed out that rural traditions are not “dying” and are shown to good advantage by the EU through the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). “The second important message I want to give is that several years after Romania joined the EU not only are traditions from rural areas not dying or endangered, but they are shown to good advantage precisely by the EU through the Common Agricultural Policy. This was the key idea, from Romania’s perspective, of the CAP reform that I have led in the last five years, namely of modeling the Common Agricultural Policy in order for it to correspond to the needs of a state like Romania and to what it has most valuable in agriculture and the rural area. Of course this is only the beginning, but it is important to give the opportunity to those in the rural area, to the small producers and those safeguarding crafts and traditions to make a living from that activity, to exist on the market. I believe they primarily need gratitude and recognition from citizens, consumers, buyers of agricultural products and handiwork products,” Ciolos pointed out.
The European Commission will organize such events in the future too because the EU allows such actions and because there are both financial and legal means to promote what a country like Romania has most valuable.
Over 150 producers, handicraftsmen and artisans met on Sunday at RuralFest Bucharest, an event organized by the European Commission’s Representation in Romania.

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