On 25th January 2018, in Budapest took place the meeting of the Visegrád Group (cultural and political alliance composed of Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia) with Bulgaria, Croatia, Romania and Slovenia, with the aim of exchanging views on some financial issues of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) post 2020 and presenting the targets submitted by the Commission in its Notice on the future of the food and agriculture sector. The meeting was attended by Mr. Phil Hogan, European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, who argued some issues of interest to this group of states.
On behalf of Romania participated a delegation led by Alexandru Potor, State Secretary for European affairs. In his speech, the Romanian representative underlined the need for the CAP to be financed at least at the same level as it is today and showed the importance of maintaining direct payments without national co-financing to support farmers' incomes. A strong rural development pillar will ensure the continuation of the updating and employment creation, necessary for the vitality of these areas. A distinct CAP budget tab should be allocated to agricultural research.
Romania also asserted that measures such as capping direct payments and co-financing from national budgets would affect the CAP's ability to ensure equal access to the single market and EU agricultural funds.
For our country, it is essential to continue SAPS and coupled payments, as well as to continue investing in rural areas, which contributes to increase employment and reduce disparities between member states.
Romania is reserved about the Strategic Plan for Direct Payments Schemes because its elaboration and approval may be a lengthy process, endangering timely payments and, last but not least, causing substantial penalties and a possible nationalization of direct payments.
It should be noted that there were many common points on which the participating states expressed their agreement, but there are also divergences, proving that the negotiations are announced to be difficult on certain topics. Considering this situation, Slovenia decided not to sign the joint declaration of 25th January due to the fact that it disagrees with the external convergence of direct payments, not in the interest of the farmers of this country, because the direct payment per hectare in this state is above the European average.
Commissioner Hogan has appreciated that the CAP Strategic Plans represent an opportunity to adapt the mechanisms of this policy to the national realities of each member state. He also mentioned that it is difficult to discuss about CAP financing in the context of high pressures on the EU budget. Brexit and the new security and migration challenges are issues that can influence the allocation for mainstream policies. The most wise decision now, in its view, is to have a well-built and promoted policy, easy to explain to farmers, then to convince through objectives and reasonings that the CAP needs a consistent budget in line with the targets and challenges it faces.
In the first week of January 2018, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development received € 664 million, representing the repayment from the European Commission, of the expenses incurred by the Paying and Intervention Agency for Agriculture during 16th October - 30th November 2017, for granting the advance related to the 2017 campaign of direct payments financed from the EAGF (European Agricultural Guarantee Fund).
These expenditures were initially financed from the state budget, according to the European provisions and subsequently refunded by the European Commission.
We state that payments financed from the EAGF are made at the exchange rate established by the European Central Bank of RON 4,5993 for one euro and published in the Official Journal of the European Union, C series, no. 329/05 of 30.09.2017.
We remind that in accordance with the legislation in force, advance payments were granted between 16 October and 30 November 2017.
Please note that, according to art. 75, par. 1 of EU Regulations No. 1306/2013 of the European Parliament and Council of 17 December 2013 on the financing, management and monitoring of the common agricultural policy and repealing Regulations (EEC) 352/78, (EC) No. 165/94, (EC) No. 2799/98, (EC) No. 814/2000, (EC) No. 1290/2005 and (EC) No. 485/2008, payments under support schemes shall be made between 1st December and 30th June of the following calendar year.
Petre Daea, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, will donate today, December 21st, 2017, more than 1.000 pairs of wool socks to elderly care centers in Călărași, Giurgiu and Ialomița counties.
Getting into the winter holidays spirit, the Minister together with the MARD employees acquired hand knitted socks from several counties of our country (Sibiu, Bistrița-Năsăud, Maramureș). Through this approach, the minister intends to bring a small joy on the threshold of Christmas, to the old people from elderly care of Onești (GR), Ciocănești (CL), Slobozia, Balaciu (IL).
This action is part of the "Alege oaia" campaign and aims to encourage and promote small domestic producers.
Petre Daea, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, will meet on Monday, December 11, 2017, at 14:00, at the premises of HoReCa School (Latina street no 6) the participants enrolled for the training of chef.
The Minister, together with the school's owner and manager, Cristina Van der Shaaf, and the school's trainers - chef Nico Lontraş, chef Georgy Valery, chef Ciprian Nicolesco and chef Johnny Șușală - will talk fresh graduates about the importance of using local ingredients in the kitchen and about educating the public regarding the meaning of the concept of "local eating" and seasonality.
Trainees, whose final exam will be held on Monday morning, have been given as task for the practice test the sheep meat and different international cuisines to include this ingredient.
The action is part of the "Alege Oaia!" Campaign launched this year by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, which aims to inform the consumer about the way of preparing sheep meat and sheep meat products, as well as developing a culinary culture with regard to the consumption of sheep meat.
Both Minister Petre Daea and media representatives will have the opportunity to analyze the final dishes of the trainees.
Horeca School, one of the most prestigious private educational institutions in Romania, has its own laboratories equipped so that the participants can practice ”hands on” the topics of the induction courses as well as those of the intensive trainings together with their instructors or mentors.
The European Investment Fund (EIF) and the Romanian Ministry of Agriculture have signed the first agricultural mandate agreement to support local farmers in Romania. The mandate is established under the National Rural Development Programme and financed by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) with national co-financing. Together with the resources to be allocated by the selected financial intermediaries, the facility is expected to generate at least EUR 126 million in new financing to eligible beneficiaries.
The mandate will allow EIF to roll-out a new risk sharing product, which will significantly lower the interest rates and will provide improved collateral requirements on loans for agricultural companies.
In line with DG AGRI’s and the Romanian Government’s agricultural policy objectives, the mandate will support the capital expenditure of small farms as well as agricultural holdings and the co-financing of agricultural subsidies.
Commenting on the signature, EIF Chief Executive, Pier Luigi Gilibert said: “Romania boasts one of the highest agricultural outputs of the EU Member States. By partnering with the local Ministry of Agriculture we will be able to create more opportunities for Romanian farmers, particularly small farms, to expand their production and further enhance the competitiveness of the sector."
Romanian Government representative, the Minister of agriculture and rural development, Petre Daea said: “In the mission I have been assigned, I have always appreciated the adaptability and flexibility we have to reveal in using the tools and mechanisms of the European Union in order to address promptly and effectively the farmers’ needs. The signing of this Financing Agreement at the level of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development represents a solution to the difficulties faced by our farmers in sustaining the necessary investments for the development of agriculture and rural areas in Romania. The use of NRDP funds for granting more favourable loans to farmers contributes both to an improved agricultural performance as well as to the integration into an increasingly competitive market”.
DG AGRI representative, Director General, Jerzy Bogdan Plewa said: “I congratulate Romania for having finalised the negotiations for the implementation of a Risk-Sharing Loan Instrument in Romania financed under the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development. Under this financing agreement, the European Commission and the European Investment Bank are working together to help improve access to finance for farmers and other rural businesses, strengthening their competitiveness and sustainability. Financial instruments can help us to get even more value out of rural development policy, the second pillar of the Common Agricultural Policy.”.
EIF will launch a Call for Expression of Interest, targeting financial intermediaries which provide finance for local farmers in Romania. Once applications are received, after a thorough due diligence process, EIF will select financial intermediaries which will then make the new finance available to Romanian farmers and agricultural enterprises.
About the EIF
The European Investment Fund (EIF) is part of the European Investment Bank group. Its central mission is to support Europe's micro, small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) by helping them to access finance. EIF designs and develops venture and growth capital, guarantees and microfinance instruments which specifically target this market segment. In this role, EIF fosters EU objectives in support of innovation, research and development, entrepreneurship, growth, and employment. More information on EIF's work is available here
On Tuesday, November 28, 2017, at 11.00 at the premises of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, it will be signed the agreement with the European Investment Fund (EIF), which provides the implementation of a financial instrument for lending under the National Rural Development Program 2014-2020, which facilitates the access to finance for farmers and entrepreneurs in rural areas. The allocation of the NRDP is 93.8 million euros.
The participants will be:
Petre DAEA, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development,
Hubert COTTOGNI, Director of the European Investment Fund,
Maria GAFO GOMEZ ZAMALLOA, Deputy Head of Unit within the European Commission, DG Agri.
The EIF is an international financial institution, part of the EIB Group, specialized in risk finance for SMEs. The EIF supports EU objectives by fostering innovation, research and development, entrepreneurship and job creation.
The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) announces that until November 7, 2017, 195 beneficiaries of the subsidy program for tomato grown in protected areas from the second cycle were paid with the amount of 2,628,873 lei.
In the next period, other 52 beneficiaries will receive the amount of 1,941,321.60 lei (over 430,000 euros). On 07.11.2017 another 197 requests for the amount of 2,655,835.80 lei were received at MARD.
With the start of the second stage of the governmental subsidy program for Romanian tomatoes, the phytosanitary inspectors have started taking samples for submitting them to Bucharest Laboratory for Pesticide Residues Control in Plant and Vegetable Products and to Mureș regional Laboratory.
Laboratory tests result for completed samples demonstrates that no consumer is exposed to pesticide residues which might endanger his health.
Romanian farmers supported by the government subsidy program to grow tomatoes in protected areas show seriousness and moderation in terms of optimal and safe use of plant protection products.
In order to qualify for de minimis subsidy of 3,000 euro / year for growing tomatoes, the beneficiaries must, among other things, to hold a plot planted with tomatoes in protected areas of at least 1,000 square meters, to obtain a production of at least 2 kg tomatoes / sq. m., but also to sell a quantity of tomatoes of at least 2,000 kg proved with supporting documents.
We remind that de minimis subsidy scheme is intended for farmers natural persons holding producer certificate, for certified self-employed farmers, for individual and family enterprises, for farmers legal entities.
The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Petre Daea, will be present on Saturday, November 11, 2016, at 10.00, in Ploiesti, where the national campaign of information and promotion “Alege oaia!” will be present.
The event will take place on the platform in front of the Palace of Culture and aims to encourage the consumption of sheep meat and sheep meat products. Consumers will be able to taste traditional sheep meat, and those interested will be able to purchase fresh or prepared sheep meat, pressed cheese, bellows cheese, sheep sausages and unfermented wine from county's producers.
The ultimate goal of this campaign is to keep the local traditions of gastronomic eating habits of sheep meat, to increase the consumption of sheep meat products, to support domestic sheep breeders and to set up a gross market at national level, and at county level to set up shops for the sale of meat and sheep meat products.
We mention that during November 18-19, the Campaign "Alege oaia!" will be in Sibiu.
More information about the "Alege oaia!" Campaign can be found on the dedicated facebook page.
Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Peter Daea at the first meeting of the Cabinet government Grindeanu.