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NRN Romania Newsletter  - October 2017
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NATIONAL EVENTS
LATEST NEWS
  RDP 2014-2020 FIRST EVALUATION STUDY 


The first evaluation study of the National Rural Development
Programe (NRDP) 2014-2020, elaborated within „On‐going evaluation study of NRDP 2014‐2020 during 2017‐2020”, has been published on NRN RO and MARD websites.
The study details, among other, information about:
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context of NRDP 2014-2020 implementation (national policies, relevant needs, beneficiaries and target groups);
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content of NRDP 2014‐2020 from the perspective of the adopted strategy and the planned financial allocations;
-  common and additional performance and outcome indicators;
-  calculating complementarity result indicators assumed at the level of the program.

The study also comprises a series of conclusions and recommendations on sub-measures , and it’s published both in Romanian and English.
  EXTENDED CALL FOR PROJECTS  FOR AFFORESTATION
The second call for submission of support claims for state aid scheme "Support for afforestation/creation of woodland" corresponding to sub-measure 8.1 of NRDP 2014-2020, is extended up to 17 November 2017.
The applicant's guidelines and the relevant documents are published on APIA website - www.apia.org.ro  , the section dedicated to the NRDP delegated measures.
  EXTENDED CALL FOR GBER SCHEME CORRESPONDING TO sM 4.2

The call for projects regarding the state aid scheme corresponding to sub-measure 4.2 has been extended up to 30 November 2017.

  NEW SELECTION AND LITIGATION REPORTS PUBLISHED ON AFIR&MARD SITE

The following selection and litigation reports have been published on AFIR site:
  • Selection Report for sM4.1 „Investments in agricultural holdings” , livestock component, following litigations) call 02 of 2016 ;
  • Selection Report for sM4.1 „Investments in agricultural holdings”, mountain area component, monthly stage 2, call 01 of 2017;
  • Selection Report for 16.4 "Support for horizontal and vertical co-operation among actors in the supply chain "
  • Litigation Report for sM4.1 „Investments in agricultural holdings”, vegetable component, monthly stage 2, call 01 in 2017;
  • Monthly Litigation Report for sM 7.6 „Investments associated with the protection of cultural heritage”, stage 1 / call 01/2017;
  • Monthly Litigation Report for sM 7.2 „Investments in creation and modernization of small-scale infrastructure",- ITI territory - Danube Delta, road infrastructure, stage 1, call 01/2017
  • Litigation Report for sM 6.4 „Support for investments in creation and development of non-agricultural activities”,  ITI territory - Danube Delta  monthly stage 1, 01 in 2017;
The reports are published within the Reports and lists (“Rapoarte și liste”) section, and Litigation reports („Rapoarte de contestații”): www.afir.info .
  UPDATED CALENDAR REGARDING NRDP 2014-2020 SUBMEASURES TO BE LAUNCHED AND CORRESPONDING ALLOCATION


INTERNATIONAL EVENTS
  AGRI-INNOVATION SUMMIT

AIS Lisbon 2017 - copyright European Commission
During 11-12 October, in Oeiras - Portugal, has been held the  Agri-innovation Summit (AIS 2017), event organized by the Portuguese Government, EIP-Agri Network and European Network for Rural Development - ENRD
The event gathered an audience of over 500 people, including farmers, advisers, researchers, NGOs, RDP managing authorities, NRNs, LEADER Local Action Groups (LAGs), rural businesses and start-ups.


The goal aimed at promoting innovative initiatives implemented by partnerships (especially Operational Groups and Horizon 2020 projects), raise awareness regarding innovation and digitization in agriculture and contribute to EU policies regarding innovation in agriculture post 2020 programming period.

More details and the presentations within the event can be found here: http://ow.ly/sl1U30g2S9u
Photographs: AIS Lisbon 2017 - copyright European Commission

 THIRD ANNUAL CONFERENCE ON EAFRD FINANCIAL INSTRUMENTS

On the 10th October 2017, Paris hosted the third annual EU conference on EAFRD financial instruments for agriculture and rural development in 2014-2020 programming.

The role of these events organized by the European Commission in partnership with the European Investments Bank - through fi-compass platform, it's to bring to the attention of the Member States as well as to the Managing Authorities, the way in which financial instruments can contribute to EAFRD objectives.

Within the conference, Romanian Managing Authority representative, Adela ȘTEFAN presented the financial instrument foreseen within NRDP in order to support farmers' and entrepreneurs' access to financing during the current programming period, a risk-sharing credit instrument offering financing entities the possibility to partially cover credit risk.

To follow, we present some details regarding the instrument and the implementation options:
  • combining NRDP resources with those of lending institutions on the market, in order to support financing of agriculture and rural development;
  • facilitating farmers and entrepreneurs' access to financing by delivering to lending institutions a risk-sharing and thus offering applicants a decrease of financing expenditures (interest, errand, guarantees)
Two implementation options:
  • co-financing grants for agricultural and non-agricultural investments in rural areas;
  • autonomous financial instrument, self-standing credit, without grant co-financing.
Through this financial instrument, support is granted within NRDP sub-measures: 
  • 4.1, including 4.1a;
  • 4.2, including 4.2a;
  • 6.4including projects under  LEADER contributing to these sub-measures. 
More information about financial instruments: http://ow.ly/b6bw30g4lAF
Details about the event: http://ow.ly/4s0K30g2LU7 
  MEETING OF THE  THIRD EUROPEAN RURAL PARLIAMENT

During 18-21 October 2017, Venhorst - The Netherlands hosted the meeting of the third European Rural Parliament (ERP). The meeting was attended by farmers, advisory, research, NGOs, Managing Authorities of RDPs, National Rural Networks, Local Action Groups, rural businesses and start-ups, representatives from 40 Member States, who have all contributed to the information exchange on the activities of the European rural Parliaments and the measures taken by each state regarding the development of the rural areas.
The Romanian delegation presented the current situation of small farmers in Romania
Throughout the event were presented means of functioning and setting-up other European Rural Parliaments in order to support the exchange of ideas and experiences regarding rural areas and their development.

  „10 YEARS OF LEADER/CLLD IN BULGARIA” INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE

During 10-13 October 2017, at Pravets – Bulgaria, took place the “10 years of LEADER/CLLD in Bulgaria” international conference. 
The participants included representatives of the European Commission - DG AGRI, ELARD, Managing Authorities, Paying Agencies, National Rural Networks, LAG associations and LAGs from 18 countries, such as: Romania, Poland, Hungary, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Czech Republic, Greece, France, Italy, Germany, leading to over 200 participants.

Participants at the conference included Dr. Lozana Vassileva - Deputy Minister of Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry (MAFF) - Republic of Bulgaria, Mr. Stefan Spasov - Head of LEADER Unit in Rural Development Department within MAFF, Nely Kadieva - President of LAGs Association of Bulgaria, as well as many Bulgarian LAGs.
Most of the participants presented LEADER/CLLD evolution within their countries, the current stage of implementation, problems faced, lessons learned and possible evolutions of LEADER/CLLD approach. 
The main topics were:
  • Evolution of LEADER implementation
  • Multi-fund financing: implementation models, problems faced and possible solutions
  • Developing efficient implementation mechanisms by regulating and simplifying procedures
  • LEADER/CLLD evolution from the perspective of the future programming period and LAGs taking on responsabilities according to CLLD/LEADER principles
  • Tartu declaration on perspective 2020

Text: Alexandru Groșeanu - GAL Cociovaliștea Ilfov Nord-Vest
Photographs: Bulgarian National Rural Network  and Romanian National Federation of LAGs - FNGAL
 ENRD THEMATIC WORKING GROUP ON  SUSTAINABLE MANAGEMENT OF WATER AND SOIL

Sustainable management of water and soil - ENRD CP, 2017

On 24 October took place the first meeting of the Sustainable management of water and soil Thematic Working Group.
The meeting presented the objectives and analyzed the suggestions regarding the topics to be discussed within the group and adding plus value to the works performed in the previous Working Group - Resource efficiency.
Also, was announced the publishing of the report regarding the evaluation of tools and policies on soil protection, through which have been identified 35 tools at EU level and 671 tools at Member States' level.
More details here: http://ow.ly/sfGk30gf7QX
 ENRD THEMATIC WORKING GROUP ON SMART VILLAGES

Smart Villages - ENRD CP, 2017
 
The first meeting of the Thematic Working Group on Smart Villages took place on 26 October and aimed initiatives already set-up in the Member States regarding innovation services in rural areas, as well as identifying measures of RDPs which could support smart villages - including through other European funds.
Thus, an integrated, complementary and adapted approach it's required, as well as setting-up social impact indicators 
Other aspects regard communication, involvement and applying the concept, measures and actions at community level.
More details here: http://ow.ly/es6s30gf827

  NEW DATABASE REGARDING SOCIAL INNOVATION AND INCLUSION 


 

SIMRA - Social innovation in marginalized rural areas has published a new database regarding social inclusion actions and is gathering examples of Social Innovations in agriculture, forestry and rural development in MRAs in the target region.
The database will be updated regularly with new examples during the project.
More details here:  http://ow.ly/ToIC30g2N9F


  NEW TOOLS FOR LEADER/CLLD COOPERATION 

The European Network for Rural Development - ENRD has developed and published new tools and guides regarding LEADER/CLLLD cross-border cooperation: from project to implementing to evaluation and communication. 
More details here: http://ow.ly/XN2f30g2Rpi
and here: http://ow.ly/dTQO30g2RqD 


Furthermore, a new partner search has been developed for Local Action Groups, regarding CLLD projects: http://ow.ly/283A30gfdbJ
 DEAL ON THE AGRICULTURAL ASPECTS OF THE OMNIBUS REGULATION CONFIRMED

On 16 October 2017 member states represented in the Special Committee on Agriculture endorsed the deal on the so-called Omnibus regulation.
The Omnibus regulation amends the financial regulation governing the implementation of the EU budget as well as 15 sectorial legislative acts, including in the field of agriculture.
The presidency had reached a provisional agreement on the Omnibus regulation with the European Parliament on 12 October.
The agreed rules will simplify the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) through a series of technical improvements to the four CAP regulations: direct payments, rural development, common market organisation and horizontal regulation: 

Direct payments
  • active farmer: the distinction between active and non-active farmers becomes optional, thereby allowing those member states where it resulted in excessive administrative burden, to discontinue it
  • permanent grassland: current rules are modified so as to provide greater flexibility for member states in implementing the requirement
  • reduction of payments: the agreement confirms the possibility for member states to review their decisions on the reduction of direct payments on an annual basis
  • greening: areas farmed with plant varieties such as silvergrass (miscanthus) and silphion (silphium perfoliotum), as well as land left fallow for melliferous plants will also be considered as ecological focus
  • young farmers: payments for young farmers will be granted for five years from the submission date, as long as the submission was made within five years from the setting up of the farm. In addition, member states may increase young farmers' payments in the first pillar up to 50% within the existing ceilings
  • voluntary coupled support: member states will be able to review their decision annually
 Rural development
  • income stabilisation tool: while the support linked to the general income stabilisation tool will continue to be triggered when the farmer's income drops by more than 30% of his/her average annual income, the threshold for the new sector-specific tool will be 20%. Similarly support for insurance contracts which cover for, among others, losses caused by adverse climatic events, will become available when more than 20% of the average annual production of the farmer is destroyed
  • financial instruments: several changes are made to the rules to be respected by financial instruments to promote their use and harmonize them with other EU Structural and Investment Funds
 Horizontal regulation
  • crisis reserve: while no changes were made to the current rules, the Commission undertook in a statement to review the operation of the reserve in the context of the preparations for the next multi-annual financial framework with a view to allowing an efficient and timely intervention in times of market crisis
  • 50/50 rule: the proposal to eliminate the so-called "50/50 rule" was not retained. Member states and the EU budget will keep sharing equally the financial consequences of sums lost as a result of irregularities and not recovered within a reasonable period
  • financial discipline: the existing procedure ensuring that the expenditure under the provisions of the CAP does not exceed the limits specified in the EU budget, was simplified and will be managed by the Commission alone
Entire release can be read here (European Council Press release):  http://bit.ly/2lPXhgI
NATIONAL EVENTS
 “NRDP 2014-2020 SUPPORTING ROMANIAN AGRICULTURE AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT”  CONFERENCE WITHIN INDAGRA INTERNATIONAL FAIR

During 25-29 October took place the yearly international fair INDAGRA, event in which the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development participated by the Managing Authority for NRDP, the Paying Agency for Rural Investments (AFIR), the General Directorate for Food Policies and Commerce, and the Paying Agency for Interventions in Agriculture (APIA).

Within the fair, on 26 October, was held the "NRDP2014-2020 supporting agriculture and rural development"conference , to which participated Alexandru Potor - State Secretary , Florentina Tudor - General Director of Rural Development Directorate , Adrian Ionuț Chesnoiu - General Director AFIR, Constantin Bîrcă – Deputy General Director APIA, as well as other directors within RD General Directorate, AFIR and APIA.

In the opening, State Secretary Potor highlighted the impact of NRDP on development of rural areas, agriculture and related services. He also mentioned  that even though the emphasis is on the absorption level , importance is given also to the RDP measures that bring quality to investments in the rural areas, the so-called soft measures.

Of the subjects discussed we mention:
- scoring of MARD objectives regarding absorption of European funds,
- analysis of NRDP , level of absorption
- simplifying procedures
- RDP amending proposals
- management of risks in agriculture

  MEETING OF NRDP MONITORING COMMITTEE
On 29 September 2017, within the presence of EC - DG AGRI representatives, took place the VI-th meeting of the Monitoring Committee for NRDP, organized by the Managing Authority for NRDP.
Among the topics presented and discussed with the social partners, were a series of amendments, fine-tuning applied to NRDP measures to support beneficiaries and contributing to the increase of the Program's absorption.

Was proposed one of the most important amendments of NRDP since 2015, regarding the reactivation of measure 14 - Animal welfare, and was introduced sub-measure 17.1 - Insurance contributions, which required important reallocations. All the aspects were discussed with the members of the Monitoring Committee and unanimously validated. 

Furthermore, new packages within measure 10 - Agri-environment and climate were proposed to be introduced, aiming biodiversity to protect bird species, and also an amendment of measure 11 - Organic farming.

Also, within the meeting, the Paying Agency for Rural Investments and the Paying Agency for Interventions in Agriculture presented the stage of NRDP implementation.


  NATIONAL DAY OF ROMANIAN AGRI-FOOD PRODUCTS

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, in partnership with the City Hall of Bucharest, organized on 10-15 October the Fair of Romanian agri-food products - event to which took part over 100 producers from all regions.
Thus, this year was celebrated - for the first time - on 10 October, the National Day of Romanian agri-food products, following the adoption of Law no. 168/2017 by the Parliament of Romania, regarding the promotion of products obtained in Romania from basic raw materials of Romanian producers.
The “National Day of Romanian agri-food products” was celebrated at national level through educational, volunteering, scientific and social events dedicated to promoting Romanian agri-food products and increasing the consumers' trust.

The National Rural Network took part in the event by sharing information regarding NRDP 2014-2020 and the actions carried on by NRN.


  PÂINEA LUI PITIȘ (PITIȘ BREAD) - FIRST CERTIFICATION OF TRADITIONAL PRODUCT
      FROM VRANCEA 

Within the Bachus Vine and Wine Festival - 2017, Petre DAEA - minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, gave to Bogdan-Ionuț Tuchiluș the first certificate for a traditional product from Vrancea county, namely for "Pâinea lui Pitiș" (Pitiș bread)
"Pâinea lui Pitiș" bears the name of a baker from the interwar period, which makes this product a local one with a long-standing tradition. The braided bread baked on the tray distinguishes itself through its unique taste given by being baked in a chamotte/fire clay furnace, with beechwood.
"Baker Pitiș was known in the entire area for his bread baked on the hearth. It was braided bread made only with flour, water, salt and yeast and it was bought even by the German soldiers who were here on the frontline." says Bogdan Tuchiluş.

 SIBIU 2019 – EUROPEAN REGION OF GASTRONOMY 

The jury from the International Institute of Gastronomy, Culture, Arts and Tourism (IGCAT) appointed Sibiu as European Region for Gastronomy in 2019. The application file for Sibiu was submitted in July 2016, and the title of Region of Gastronomy is shared with the Southern Aegean region - Greece.
The Greek partners prepared intensely for this nomination, also by setting-up awards for the restaurants using traditional products in their daily menus and tag & marketing programs for small producers - thus their products could reach more people and potential customers.
For 2019 the application file of Sibiu comprises many programs part within the Region of gastronomy actions
Thus, the Cultural and the Community Agendas of Sibiu set-up the "Origini" (Roots) Program.

The gastronomic heritage will continue to be researched in order to understand better the historical dishes, the conditions that generated them and their contribution and role within the modern Transylvanian cuisine. 
The ingredients, the 
production and conservation techniques, the recipes, gastronomical prints, consumption habits, traditions, believes, the communities and the stories - will be all brought to the foreground" - extract from the Roots Program.
Photographs: Gabriela Cuzepan, photographs source

  FIRST EDITION OF CHESTNUT FESTIVAL - POLOVRAGI

During 14-16 October, at Polovragi was organized the first edition of the Chestnut Festival - an event organized by the local authorities in partnership with the guesthouses within the area. Rhe event was attended also by the prefect of Gorj county who announced the participants of his support regarding events that contribute to the touristic potential of the region.
Such festivals in areas such as  Polovragi, only increase the tourism potential by adding up to the list of events attract tourists to visit. We strongly support setting-up such actions that contribute to the promotion of local traditions, even those having a gastronomic theme" said Ciprian Florescu, prefect of Gorj.

  HARVEST DAY AT GEOAGIU
Hundreds of people gathered at Geoagiu, to attend a special day: Harvest Day.
Meant to celebrate the people and their agricultural works, the event at Geoagiu gathered local producers, some of which were awarded by the organizers for their work.

Harvest Day - who this year reached its third edition- represents an important moment for the community, being awaited by both local producers and consumers. 
Geoagiu has an important agricultural potential for Hunedoara county and it's known for its Fruit-growing Research Station and the walnut varieties.
8-10 November 2017
Capitalising on CLLD Experiences – Building Resilient Local Communities
Gyor, Hungary
details here
14-15 November 2017
Through a rural lens
Belfast, United Kingdom
details here
14-17 November 2017
Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 2 Infoweek 
Bruxelles, Belgium
details here
15-17 November 2017
9th NRNs meeting and the Social Inclusion workshop
Nicosia, Cyprus
details here
27-28 November 2017
Open up Social to an era of Innovation
Lisbon, Portugal
details here
29 November 2017
Regional Forum for the Future of Agriculture
Sofia, Bulgaria
details here

Edited by the National Rural Network of Romania (RNDR)
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