Romania took over 29 files on Agriculture and Fisheries, all of them heavy files that are to be put into discussion in the period we are at the helm of the presidency of the European Union’s Council, on Thursday night said the Agriculture and Rural Development Minister Petre Daea.
“It is an extraordinary work, since they are all hard files, it means a new approach on a new Common Agricultural Policy (PAC, ed. n.). The post 2020 CAP is different from the current one, I said it from the moment Commissioner Hogan delivered the communication in November 2017 and we have dealt with it from the moment we have sat on this very chair,” Daea specified.
He added that a prioritisation of the 29 files has been done, since they are in various stages of progress.
“We took over these files from the Austrian presidency. I’ve been in Austria, I have sent experts, we have had meetings with the Austrian minister to be in the possession of the last information, to be aware of what we’re taking over and what we are going to deal with from now on so that we could contribute properly, the like this legislative pattern is making us, as president (of the EU Council, ed. n.)” Daea stressed.
The minister mentioned that some files do not target Romania, but that they must be addressed because “we work here in the interest of the European Union”.
“I am not considering capping prices for food stuffs”
Minister of Agriculture Petre Daea on Thursday announced he is not considering capping the prices for basic food stuffs, although this information appeared in the media, and also added that the important things is that relevant institutions implement the legal provisions regarding the verification of the products on the market.
“I am not considering capping prices for food stuffs. I also saw and read in the media that some interpreted it like this. We must be very careful and very balanced. We must implement the legal provisions that we have, we must see further that they are indeed implements and also that this control made at the economic operators, which is done by the relevant state institutions, is actually done. You must not believe that we have just had this wish overnight. We are always checking things based on the laws that we have. There are four of the state institutions that have to do with this field, for which reason we also created this collaboration platform, in order to see, first of all, as much as we can and to the best extent possible, the situation on the ground, in the moment when the four institutions and others see that things can get better, by modifying the law we can also do this,” said Petre Daea, when asked about his alleged intention to cap prices for basic food stuffs, as it happened in France.