Romanian Rural Network News no.2/2018
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Starting with 1st of March 2018, MARD invites farmers using agricultural lands situated in areas eligible for agri-environment and climate packages (M.10), in areas affected by natural or specific constraints (M.13), but also farmers using lands under conversion or lands certified in organic farming (M.11), to request rural development compensatory payments by submitting the single application request at the county and local centres of APIA  - Paying and Intervention in Agriculture Agency. 
The allocations for these measures overcome 2.6 mld. Euro
Novelty elements brought by MARD to agri-environment and climate measures in 2018, are:
  • introducing 3 new packages within  Measure 10 - Agri-environment and climate applicable to agricultural lands for maintaining and conserving the Aquila pomarina and Otis tarda species, as well as on arable lands for the protection of common bird species;
  • including the possibility to cumulate on the same surface, the payments granted within the packages applicable on permanent grasslands, both under Measure 11 - organic farming, as well as under Measure 10 - Agri-environment and climate . Thus, depending on the combination of accessed packages, the level of cumulated payments can be comprised between 119-449 Euros/ha/year for the conversion period and between 153-483 Euros/ha/year for the period of maintaining the organic farming practices
  • increasing the level of compensatory payments granted at national level on permanent grasslands without an agri-environment and climate commitment, with 19 Euro/ha/year for the conversion period, and with 18 Euro/ha/year for the period of maintaining organic farming practices, compared to 2017.
The single application  requests  for these measures can be submitted up to middle of May at the
county and local centers of APIA - Paying and Intervention in Agriculture Agency.
Further details are available on MARD site, APIA - and AFIR -, as well as the Local and Central centres of APIA.
Farmers can address questions also on the discussion forum within the APIA site - .   
Vocational training providers interested to register within the „Registry of eligible vocational training providers", as well as in submitting the financing requests, can now do so by accessing the link: . 

Thus, vocational training providers registered in „Registry of eligible vocational training providers" can upload the financing requests after having received the notification regarding the eligibility regarding the inclusion in the mentioned registry. 

The intervention domains within sM 1.1- support for vocational training and skills acquisition actions, are:
  • Improving the technical and economical knowledge, specific for farmers regarding practical and management activities in agricultural and agri-food domain, as well as overall management of the farm.
  • Acquiring and improving knowledge and competences regarding issues such as environment, climate changes, efficient management of natural resources, as well as implementing agri-environment and climate, organic farming commitments.


The French Embassy in Romania, in partnership with Business France and the French Chamber of Commerce and Industry, have launched the first edition of the „Orașul durabil” (Sustainable/smart city) competition, open to all communities - counties, municipalities, towns, communes who are carrying on and can present innovative initiatives that can fit within smart development.
Registration is open until 30th of March.
More info about the event can be found on the website of the Embassy, in French and Romanian:

The following reports of selection, evaluation and litigation have been published:
  • Selection Report  - monthly corresponding to sM 7.2 „Investments in creation and modernization of small – scale infrastructure”, educational component - national, stage 1, call 01/2017
  • Litigation Report - monthly corresponding to sM 6.1 „Support for settng-up of young farmers”, stage 2, non-mountain , call 01/2017
  • Selection Report corresponding to sM 7.2 - „Investments in creation and modernization of small – scale infrastructure”- ITI Danube Delta –  water/waste water component, monthly stage 3, call 01/2017
  • Selection Report corresponding to sM 7.2 - „Investments in creation and modernization of small – scale infrastructure”- ITI Danube Delta –  water/waste water component, monthly stage 4,  call 01/2017
  • Selection Report corresponding to sM 7.2 - „Investments in creation and modernization of small – scale infrastructure”, road component  – mountain,monthly  stage 2, call 01/2017
  • Selection Report corresponding to 4.1a Investments in fruitgrowing holdings, monthly stage 3,  call 01/2017
  • Erratum Litigation Report corresponding to sM  6.2 - Business start-up aid for non-agricultural activities in rural areas, national, call 01/2017
  • Selection Report corresponding to sM 7.2 „Investments in creation and modernization of small – scale infrastructure”, water/wasye water component - mountain, stage 3, call 01/2017
  • Selection Report corresponding to sM 4.1a Investments in fruitgrowing holdings - ITI Danube - monthly stage  4,  call 01/2017
  • Selection Report corresponding to sM 4.2a „Support for investments in processing/marketing of products in the fruit-growing sector” - monthly stage  4,  call 01/2017
  • Selection Report  corresponding to sM 6.1 „Support for settng-up of young farmers” - ITI Danube Delta, monthly stage 7, call 01/2017
  • Litigation Report corresponding to sM 4.3 „Support for investments in infrastructure related to development, modernisation or adaptation of agriculture and forestry” Irrigation infrastructure component , stage 4, call 01/2017
All the reports are published on AFIR site,  Reports and lists section

Other documents of interest on AFIR site :
  • Operational manual of procedure regarding the transition of concluded  financial commitments according to RDP 2007-2013 to 2014-2020 - V 10;
  • Amendment Instruction for Transition manual  V10
  • Payment instructions corresponding to sM 6.1
  • Payment instructions corresponding to sM 6.3
  • Information regarding the publishing of conformity check fiches PRD sM 19.2 investments  M07, sM 4.3
  • Administrative checking of PRD - for advance - Section A: Checking of conformity regarding documents attached to Payment Request Dossier ;
  • Administrative checking of PRD - for payment tranches -  Section A: Checking of conformity regarding documents attached to Payment Request Dossier;
  • Administrative checking of PRD - for VAT according Government Emergency Decision no. 49/ 2015 - Section A: Checking of conformity regarding documents attached to Payment Request Dossier.
The documents are published within the  „Informatii utile” (useful info), subsection Proceduri de lucru pentru PNDR (RDP Work pracedures) on AFUR website.
Documents of interest published on MARD website:
  • Announcement regarding the registration of vocational training providers within the „Registry of eligible vocational training providers" , as well as the selection of Financing Requests submitted within sM 1.1 - support for vocational training and skills acquisition actions, by using standard unit costs.

Within the AGRIFISH Council of 19th February 2018, ministers exchanged views on the communication on the future of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). During a public session, the Council focused in particular on the direct support that the EU provides to European farmers, the environmental dimension of the CAP, and rural development.

Thus, during the debate ministers underlined the importance of direct payments and considered that their design could be further improved by making them fairermore targeted and effective for farmers across the EU.
Ministers also highlighted the contribution of farmers to the protection of the environment and the mitigation of climate change, and a higher environmental ambition of the CAP in order  that farmers should be adequately rewarded for the provision of these public goods.

Finally, ministers emphasised the need to maintain vital and resilient rural areas, in particular by creating jobs, promoting growth and favouring generational renewal in the farming sector, and confirmed the effectiveness of pillar 2 within the CAP and called for a genuine simplification of rural development programmes.

The entire minute of the  AGRIFISH Council here:

On 14th of February and ahead the Informal Leaders' meeting on 23 February 2018,
the European Commission set out various options – and their financial consequences – for a new and modern, long-term EU budget that delivers efficiently on its priorities after 2020.
"Budgets are not bookkeeping exercises – they are about priorities and ambition. They translate our future into figures. So let's first discuss about the Europe we wantThen, Member States must back their ambition up with the money to match.And whilst we all need to understand that business as usual is not an option for this upcoming discussion, I firmly believe that we can square the circle and agree on a budget where everyone will be a net beneficiary.” - stated European Commission President , Jean-Claude Juncker
Within the Informal Leaders' Meeting, were discussed topics such as the long-term EU budget and the institutional issues, Syria, Brexit, and relations with Turkey .
Regarding the EU Budget, President Tusk said that some leaders stressed the continued importance of the cohesion policy, the Common Agricultural Policy, investments in research and innovation, and pan-European infrastructure. He highlighted that the priorities were linked with the size of the budget, and in this context the EU needs to address the revenue gap caused by Brexit.

"Those who want to restrict EU budget to 1% of EU27 GNI instead of current EU 1,13% should know that such a cut would mean cutting cohesion and agriculture funds by 15% or else we need to reduce other policies by 45%."- President Juncker 
Press release regarding the options presented on  anunțarea opțiunilor privind bugetul UE post 2020:

Press release following the informal Leaders´ meeting on 23rd February


On the 20th of February were published the results of the Eurobarometer regarding European Agriculture and the CAP.

The results of the survey at European level regarding CAP come following the Communication on Future of CAP in November 2017 and indicates that more than nine in ten (92%) think agriculture and rural areas are important for the future, with 53% saying they are very important.

The survey comprised the answers of 28.000 respondents from 28 Member States  and comprised
questions regarding awareness, performance, benefits and EU standards. 

The report and fiches per Member State:
Until 20 of March, the European Commission helds the public consultation on the transparency and sustainability of the EU risk assessment model in the food chain.
The General Food Law Regulation (EU rules on food and feed safety along the production chain) is the cornerstone of the EU regulatory framework covering the entire food chain: 'from farm to fork'.

The questionnaire is accessible in all official EU languages.
You can submit your reply in any of the 23 official EU languages.
Contributions in English are welcome as they will help to process the survey more swiftly.

Questionnaire (ENG) available here:
More details available here:!Mv49rU

Half of EU member states have leveraged the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) to significantly reduce poverty and drive higher incomes in farming, while other countries are still lagging, according to the latest World Bank study.
The ‘Thinking CAP’ report details how new investments and services in farming, reinforced by the EU’s flagship agriculture policy, can drive down poverty and transform agriculture into a sector which can provide higher paying jobs for those who farm.
Agriculture and poverty in half of the member states of the EU no longer go hand-in-hand. It’s clear that the income gap between agriculture and other sectors is narrowing and in some countries, such as the Netherlands, agricultural work can pay more than jobs in other sectors.

Today, about half of EU member states recognize that farming can boost shared prosperity, while the other half still has some work to do to provide the basic conditions to bring about necessary structural changes
.” - Arup Banerji, Regional Director for the European Union Countries at the World Bank.

Report can be found:

On 21st of February took place the 3rd meeting of the Thematic Group on Smart Villages.

The third Thematic Group (TG) meeting focused on digital innovation and discussed the development and provision of digital services in rural areas and communities.
The use of digital technologies in rural areas can contribute to an in depth analysis of the problems and weaknesses identified at community level, and either identify existing solutions or create new ones - as well as develop skills and improve quality of life in rural.

Info about the TG Smart Villages (ENRD site):

Good practices - broadband:  

Until 20 April 2018, citizens from across the EU have their chance to improve the way the EU supports rural development thanks to a public consultation by the European Commission launched on 22 January

The consultation will run until 20 April and allow interested participants to give their feedback on the effectiveness of the many rural development programmes that were funded from the Common Agricultural Policy budget for the period 2007-2013.

The aim is to assess what worked and what did not during this period, in order to improve rural development programming in the future.

The survey can be accessed here: 

On 22 February 2018,  Petre DAEA - minister of agriculture and rural development received the visit of Mr. Karmenu VELLA - commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries.

Officials of the Commision representation office in Romania, and MARD representatives - amongst which Alexandru POTOR - Secretary of State, Nicolae DIMULESCU - General Director of National Agency for Fishery and Aquaculture, as well as experts of directorates with tasks regarding the subject, participated in the meeting .

The discussions aimed topics such as sustainable fishing in the Black Sea, priorities for 2018, Romania's objectives for a new Common Policy on fishing, implementation aspects etc.

The entire briefing of the meeting is published on MARD site, in Romanian:  

On 22-23 February 2018, at Bucharest, took place the 7th meeting of the LEADER Work Group, organized by the Network Support Unit of NRN.

The event was attended also by  Alexandru POTOR - Secretary of State within MARD, Daniel CHIȚOI - Head of unit within Managing Authority for Human Capital Operational Program (HCOP), 
MA for RDP and PA representatives - from central and territory level, and representatives of Local action Groups.
Within the meeting, discussions aimed at Axis 5 of Human Capital Operational Program, social infrastructure projects under LEADER, complementarity with HCOP and flexibility regarding the evaluation. 

The entire briefing (RO) can be read on the Romanian  Rural Network's website:

8 March 2018
5th Rural Networks' LEADER/CLLD
Sub-group Meeting
details here...
12 March 2018
Farming Productivity - Innovation, Investment and Knowledge Transfer
details here...
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