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   COMMON AGRICULTURAL POLICY: DIRECTIONS AND SCENARIOS POST 2020
 
The debates, analysis and public consultation regarding the Common Agricultural Policy confirm the need of continuing the policy according to the guidelines established through the 2013 reform, but in a simplified form and highlighting environment preservation, risk management and generational renewal of farmers.

Launched in 1962, the Common Agricultural Policy or CAP, represents a system of subsidies and agricultural programs of the European Union, gathering the largest budget within the Union. 
Analysts and experts declare that the financial perspective regarding the new simplified CAP is to decrease the amounts allocated compared to the current framework. Among the reasons is the loss of UK’s contribution, but also the challenges which are faced by the EU and the priorities to be addressed within the current context, issues which may push agriculture on a second place.
 
Therewith, each member state has launched and held consultations regarding the impact of current CAP on reaching the general and specific objectives and to gather possible CAP policy changes within EU’s Multi-annual Financial Framework post 2020.
The preliminary results will be used both for drafting the communication on modernizing and simplifying CAP (foreseen to be adopted at the end of 2017), as well as within the Commission’s Impact Assessment regarding the CAP post 20202.
While preparing the communication, the EC has published, in February 2017, the Inception Impact Assessment , within which is synthetized the understanding of the current context and expressed a series of guidelines regarding CAP:
  • foster a SMART agriculture by enhancing competitiveness and innovation while ensuring sustainability and providing ecosystem services;
  • promote a RESILIENT agriculture by addressing income volatility and reinforcing position of farmers in the food chain;
  • encourage a VIBRANT rural economy by fostering growth and jobs in rural areas and encouraging generational renewal;
  • build BRIDGES with other policies, especially environment, climate change, employment, social, education,
  • food safety and supply chain, nutrition, public health, cohesion, competition law, trade, research and innovation, and migration;
  • improve GOVERNANCE by better reflecting the diversity that exists within EU agriculture, simplifying the CAP and implementing cost-efficient tools, strengthening the focus on results.
Once with drafting the guiding lines, was developed a set of possible policy options and
 drafted five scenarios regarding the future of the policy:
  • Option 1 (baseline) will assess the impact of the CAP remaining as it currently stands, except for simplifications already adopted or proposed, including in the Omnibus proposal, based on the most recent agricultural market outlook developed by the Commission services;
  • Option 2 (no policy) while dismantling CAP would not be in line with the Treaty, hence not realistic nor desirable, this scenario is considered nonetheless useful in demonstrating the EU value-added of CAP as well as the economic, social and environmental impact of the absence of an EU-wide policy intervention;
  • Option 3 sees Member States/regions programming CAP operations against EU priorities, based on identified needs. It enhances the focus on risk management and investments in restructuring and business development in agriculture and rural SMEs. It puts emphasis on incentives concerning climate change and environment services in a single performance framework, and access to innovation, knowledge, ICT and infrastructure at the local level;
  • Option 4 will consider a redefinition of the division of tasks between EU, MS and farm level to enhance the income safety-net with synergies between direct support (including area payments) and risk management. It also aims to better link farm practice to EU-wide environment/climate action targets. Incentives to better integrate existing technologies and the results of research and innovation (through advisory services) will contribute to simplify and modernise controls towards performance-based outcomes;
  • Option 5 envisages a strong redistribution of support from larger to smaller and environmentally-friendly farms. A mandatory "capping" places an absolute ceiling on direct payment receipts. This option promotes stricter environmental requirements, short supply chains and local markets.
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LATEST NEWS
 FACILITIES FOR FINANCING OF SMALL FARMS

A series of amendments following the observations and proposals received during the public consultation period. An essential amendment regards the economic size of the farm eligible for financing – decreased from 8.000 S.O to 4.000 S.O. 

Decreasing the economical size of the farm allows also farmers with smaller enterprises/holdings to request and obtain financing. The support granted to development of small farms is 100% nonrefundable and amounts to 15.000 Euro.
   NEW DOCUMENTS FOR LDS
On the ministry’s site - http://www.madr.ro LEADER section were recently published the Procedure manual for coordination, checking and  monitoring of LDS implementation, the corresponding forms and the Guidelines for Local Action Groups regarding the implementing of Local  Development Strategies as well as the annexes to the guide.

     
   
 EXTENDED STATE AID SCHEME

The call for support requests for State aid scheme „ Forest environmental and climate services and forest conservation”  (Measure 15) extends until 15 of June 2017, 17:00 hrs. The guide, as well as the relevant documents for implementing the state aid scheme are published on the Payments and Intervention for Agriculture Agency’s site  - NRDP delegated measures section.
  START FOR NEW CALLS FOR PROJECTS 
The period for submitting projects is between 3rd May and 31st July 2017.
sM 4.1   „Support for investments in agricultural holdings”
sM 4.1a „Support for investments in fruit-growing holdings”
sM 6.1   „Business start up aid for young farmers”
sM 6.2   „Business start-up aid for non-agricultural activities in rural areas”
sM 6.3   „Business start-up aid for the development of small farms”
sM 6.4   "Support for investments in creation and development of non-agricultural activities"
sM 9.1   „Setting-up of producer groups in the agricultural sector"
sM 9.1a „Setting-up of producer groups in the fruit-growing sector”
ITI – Danube Delta
sM 4.1   „Support for investments in agricultural holdings ITI – DD area”
sM 4.1a „ Support for investments in fruit-growing holdings ITI – DD area”
sM 6.2  „Business start-up aid for non-agricultural activities in rural areas ITI – DD area”
sM 6.3  „ Business start-up aid for the development of small farms ITI – DD area”
sM 6.4  „ Support for investments in creation and development of non-agricultural activities ITI – DD area”
Minimis GBER - 4.2.
INTERNATIONAL EVENTS
  AGRIFISH COUNCIL MEETING

During 21-23 May 2017 was held, at Malta, the AGRIFISH Council meeting regarding the «Climate changes and water resources within the European Union».
On behalf of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development participated  State Secretary Alexandru Potor.
The discussions aimed mainly the activities regarding the programming of the new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).
The participants, ministers of agriculture and fishery of EU states, analyzed the situations in each member state and answered four questions referring to political initiatives regarding agricultural resilience, current CAP tools and diversification options available for agriculture within the designed scenarios regarding climate changes, as well as identifying new economic tools dedicated to sustainability and development of the sector.
  FREE ONLINE PLATFORM TO PROMOTE SMART FARMING

The Smart AKIS network has launched a free online platform providing tools to facilitate and promote the use of smart farming technologies.
For more details: http://bit.ly/2q5LGLQ
  SURVEY FOR YOUNG FARMERS

 The European Council of Young Farmers (CEJA) is running a survey in order to identify the needs of young farmers as well as ways of helping them develop.
More details here: https://goo.gl/0MmDJB
  MOVING EIP-AGRI IMPLEMENTATION FORWARD

On 10-11 May 2017, representatives of the Network Support Unit, the Managing Authority and of the Agency for Financing Rural Investments, attended the Moving EIP-AGRI Implementation Forward seminar organized by DG AGRI and EIP-AGRI Service Point, with the support of the Greek RDP Managing Authority – Network Support Unit of the National Rural Network in Athens.

The discussions within the seminar and workshops aimed at issues such as:
  • Legislative coherence ( 2 policies supporting innovation, namely Rural Development Regulation and Horizon 2020);
  • Creating a policy for the future;
  • Critical, supportive and constructive approaches;
  • Strenghtening the relation between farmers and researchers;
  • Encouraging involvment within an Operational Groups (OG) and applying a common language;
  • Focus on local needs;
  • Flexibility of themes analyzed within OGs.
More details here: https://goo.gl/o2gSSt



EIP-AGRI Seminar Moving EIP-AGRI implementation forward' - copyright European Commission
NATIONAL EVENTS
  FNGAL IN ACTION: SOUTH-EAST AND SOUTH-MUNTENIA REGIONS
The National Federation of Local Action Groups (FNGAL) organized on 29 May 2017, at Constanta, Mamaia, a work meeting for south – east and south Muntenia regions, on the topic “Increasing the technical and methodological support offered to representatives of Local Action Groups involved in implementing Local Development Strategies”.
 
The meeting aimed at improving the implementation framework of sub-measures 19.2, 19.3 (launch of consultative Guide), 19.4 and, implicitly the launch of calls for measures within LAGs’ Local Development Strategies: associativity, small producers and young farmers, social services in rural areas, support to less-favoured communities, quality schemes and environment protection.

The event was attended by approx.200 persons, representatives of LAGs from south-east and South-Muntenia regions, experts of the County Rural Development Compartments (CDRJ) and experts from the County Officesd for Financing Rural Investments.

On behalf of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) the event was attended by Alexandru Potor - State Secretary, Florentina Tudor – general director of the Managing Authority for NRDP, Daniel Crunţeanu – deputy general director AFIR and experts of the LEADER and non-agricultural investments Unit within MA NRDP.

Alexandru Potor, State Secretary within MARD, highlighted some themes with impact on implementing LEADER Measure, namely: BREXIT, Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) post 2020 and Romanian presidency of EU during the first semester of 2019. Furthermore, he mentioned the importance of speeding the implementation of LDS.

Florentina TUDOR – General Director of MA NRDP, mentioned that AFIR, MA NRDP and the LAGs form one team with a common goal: absorption of European funds , and highlighted the willingness of MA NRDP to make all the efforts to support the LAGs.
Mrs. Tudor also mentioned that the local governance plays an important part within CAP post 2020.

The debates focused on prioritising of measures and financial allocations depending on the needs comprised within the Local Development Strategy, complying with terms and schedule of activities foreseen for this year, as well as the launching in public consultation the Guide for preparing and implementing the cooperation activities of the LAGs.
 START OF IRRIGATION CAMPAIGN 2017
 
On the 12 May 2017, the minister of agriculture and rural development, Petre Daea, launched the irrigation campaign for 2017, at the irrigation fitting Pietroiu-Ștefan cel Mare, Ialomița county.

Minister Daea mentioned that during the first stage of the Irrigation Infrastructure Restoration Program, are to be restored 1.3 million ha, and the works are to be performed for 40 fittings within which are irrigation water users’ organizations.
The MARD officials also announced that the National Agency for Land Improvements will provide free water at the pressure stations, and the costs are to be supported from state budget.
  LAUNCH OF CREATIVE TRADITIONS' ROMANIA PLATFORM


On 24 May, within the Romanian Design Week, was launched the Creative Traditions’Romania (România Tradițiilor Creative) platform, a project of Romanian Peasant’s Museum in partnership with DC Communication, Romanian Order of Architects, Calea Victoriei Foundation and Master Visual Studies and Society (SNSPA).
The platform aims to help craftsmen, create and strengthen the relation with designers, creative industries, with experts within the local cultural heritage and to facilitate the entrance on market of the products.

The main objective of the Creative Traditions’Romania platform is both the rediscovery and recovery of traditions, innovation of crafts and adapting to market requirements, as well as the visibility as participant to the economic development, promotion and legacy of crafts, including the support to enter the market and merchandise.

Most of all, the platform represents a common effort to protect and promote crafts and the cultural and natural heritage of rural areas.
The launch conference benefited from the participation of representatives from 6 social-economical projects dedicated to rural specificity and crafts, such as: Ecopolis, DeltaCraft, Mesteshukar ButiQ, KraftMade, Patzaikin, Pro Patrimonio and Prodid.

People must be stimulated to create, mainly because tradition, crafts vanish in time. We must be united and have a common approach on problems we are facing, especially those in rural areas” mentioned Ivan Patzaichin, highlighting that “using the resources you have at hand could have an impact at economical level and tradition also can be seen as a resource.”

Tradition, crafts, the local specificity of the rural área must be seen as resources and participants to the economy in the area, by capitalization of the potential.

To the current society, traditions don’t mean too much. This is why it’s necessary and useful that these types of initiatives and projects should unite and perform common efforts. This is what we plan to do through the platform, change the idea that tradition means only preservation, unaltering, being part of museums; the creative ensures the resource for the future” mentioned prof. dr. Vintilă Mihăilescu.
 FIRST ROMANIAN TOMATOES IN MARKETS AND HYPERMARKETS

The first producers of Romanian tomatoes through the Support Scheme for tomatoes,   have already started to deliver their products on the Romanian markets and in hypermarkets.
Among them, six farmers from Izbiceni – Olt county, already started to sell the first inland tomatoes at Pucheni market, but also within large commercial networks.
Romanian agricultural producers are supported, through a governmental program, to grow tomatoes in protected areas (greenhouses, solariums), in order to ensure the domestic consumption needs from inland production, by providing quality and fresh products.
  COUNTY MEETINGS TO IDENTIFY PRODUCTS FOR EUROPEAN PROTECTED DESIGNATIONS AND INDICATIONS

Following the request of MARD management, during months of March – May, in 20 counties the directorates for agriculture organised meetings regarding the objective established through the government program of registering 14 products with geographical indication by 2020.

Thus, in counties like Tulcea, Galați, Brăila, Brașov, Vâlcea, Hunedoara, Cluj, Sibiu, Arad, Mureș, Neamț, Suceava, Bistrița Năsăud, Maramureș, Sălaj, Bihor, Satu Mare, Botoșani, Iași and Bacău were presented the national and European norms and regulations regarding the recognition at European level of products with special characteristics, with tradition of production and of high quality.

Following these meetings has been identified a series of products with potential for registration at European level. The meetings were attended by at least 50 persons from various activity sectors, mainly small farmers, agricultural producers, processors in the agri-food sector, representatives of Local Actions Groups (LAG), of foundations and associations within the field.

At the meetings were also present representatives of the county councils, mayor’s offices, public institutions (APIA, AFIR, ANSVSA, ANPC), with responsabilities in determing the development of products with geographical indication.
 
Currently, Romania has registered the following products:
  • Magiunul de prune de Topoloveni (PGI) - 2011,
  • Salamul de Sibiu (PGI) - 2016,
  • Novac afumat din Țara Bârsei (PGI) - 2017,
  • Telemea de Ibănești (PDO) - 2016.
Other three products applied for registration are:
  • Cârnați de Pleșcoi (PGI),
  • Scrumbie de Dunărea afumată (PGI)
  • Cașcaval de Săveni (PGI).  
Details here: https://goo.gl/YGBqWj
 
Also for PGI and undergoing verification are 9 spirits: Vinars Târnave, Vinars Segarcea, Vinars Murfatlar, Vinars Vaslui, Vinars Vrancea, Palincă, Horincă de Cămârzana, Țuica de Argeș, Țuica Zetea de Medieșu Aurit.
PARTICIPATION AT INTERNATIONAL MARATHON SIBIU-RĂȘINARI-POPLACA

In order to support and promote the National Rural Network, representatives of Sibiu County Rural Development Compartiment (CDRJ Sibiu), participated at the International Marathon Sibiu-Rășinari-Poplaca – May 2017, organized by Sibiu Community Foundation (Fundaţia Comunitară Sibiu) in partnership with Sibiu County Council, Rășinari Commune Hall and Poplaca Commune Hall.

It is the first time the marathon receives international status, given that to the initial route were added routes from Rășinari and Poplaca communes and the total running lenght is of 42 km (European standard).

The marathon gathered participants from national and european level, recording 3.200 registrations for various cathegories. On the route, the participants were greeted and supported by local inhabitants, supporters and folk assemblies.  
 
Sibiu international Marathon is the largest charitable sport event in Romania, given it addresses funding for various causes with local communities and gatheres locals, organizations, companies and public authoritie.
More details here: http://maratonsibiu.ro/en/
 
  AGROTEX-AGRALIMENT FAIR - CRAIOVA 2017

On 11-14 May, Dolj Chamber of Commerce and Industry organized the 26th edition of the AGROTEX – AGRALIMENT Fair, at Youth Center (Casa Tineretului) in Craiova.
Within the fair were presented agricultural equipments such as: solar panels-powered irrigation pumps, machinery, equipment, food products and food industry equipment.

George Motataianu – Director of Fairs and Exibits Directorate within Dolj Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said that farmers attend fairs or demonstrations about latest technologies and equipment, held or performed on the field.
  AFIR OPEN DATA APP

The Agency for Financing Rural Investments (AFIR) has published the online application  “AFIR Open Data” („Date deschise AFIR”) through which those interested can check easier the public information about beneficiaries and projects financed under the National Rural Development Programe 2014 – 2020 (PNDR 2020).
More details about the app (in Romanian) here: http://opendata.afir.info/
  GUSTOS DE ALBA FAIR


The 8th edition of Gustos de Alba Fair was held during 19-21 May 2017 on the western side of Alba Carolina Fortress in Alba Iulia and was addressed to local producers and to promoting the traditional culinary values and the producers of Alba county.
 
The culinary shows attracted the visitors, traditional dishes specific to Alba (stuffed cabbage and polenta, shepherd polenta, pies on slab) being prepared on the spot.
Also, information about healthy nutrition were offered, and were held workshops and culinary competitions for kids and youth.

Local Action Groups participated within the event as partners and increased the visibility for LEADER, NRDP and NRN.
Furthermore, LAGs' presence together with NRN representatives at county level - CDRJ ALBA, encouraged the dialogue with those interested in the development of the region and accessing NRDP measures.

The fair was organised by Alba County Council together with Alba Iulia Hall and in partnership with “Pe Mureș și pe Târnave”, “Țara Secașelor Alba- Sibiu”, “Valea Ampoiului Valea Mureșului” and “Munții Metaliferi, Trascău și Muntele Mare” Local Action Groups.
 
SAVE THE DATE
  3-5 June
Bran Traditional gastronomy Festival, Sibiu county
13 June
ENRD Seminar on Resource Efficiency in Rural Areas
Bruxelles, Belgium
https://goo.gl/F72T1A
7-9 June
FNGAL Conference West and  South-West regions,
Buziaș, Timiș county
23 - 29 June
Festival of IA (la blouse roumaine)
 Pestisani, Gorj county
8-11 June
 ExpoAgroutil International Fair, Constanța county
  27-28 June
8th NRNs’ Meeting
Jyväskylä region, Finland
https://goo.gl/L3xYAI

Edited by the National Rural Network of Romania (RNDR)
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