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INDEX                                                             ROMANIAN NRN NEWSLETTER no. 12/2018

 LATEST NEWS

 INTERNATIONAL EVENTS 

 NATIONAL EVENTS 
LATEST NEWS
THIRD CALL FOR SUBMISSION OF REQUESTS: FIRST AFFORESTATION AND CREATION OF WOODLAND

Photo by Robert Balog - pixabay

Starting 11 December 2018 and up to 28 June 2019, takes place the 3rd call for submission of requests for the state aid scheme "Support for first afforestation and creation of woodland" corresponding to sub-measure 8.1 "Afforestation and creation of woodland".
The Applicant's Guide is published and can be downloaded on APIA website - Measures of support and IACS - NRDP delegated measures.

sM 4.2 NEW CALL

During 21 December 201830 June 2019, takes place a new call for projects on investments in processing and marketing of agricultural products in order to obtain non-agricultural products, under GBER scheme corresponding to sM 4.2 of NRDP 2020.
INTERNATIONAL EVENTS
 AGREEMENT ON AGRI-FOOD CHAIN

Small farmers and medium-sized producers in the agri-food sector will soon be able to count on stronger protection against abuses coming from their bigger trading counterparts, such as processors and retailers.

The Austrian presidency of the Council and European parliament representatives today reached a provisional political agreement on a directive on unfair trading practices (UTPs) in business-to-business relationships in the agricultural and food supply chain.

The agreement now needs to be endorsed by member states in the Special Committee on Agriculture (SCA).

The objective of the agreed rules is to set up a common European framework granting a minimum level of protection for farmers and other suppliers of agri-food products against the most obvious UTPs. The agreed measures will complement those already existing in member states, which will be able to take further measures in the future.

More details/entire press release here .
  MINISTERIAL CONFERENCE: ERADICATION OF AFRICAN SWINE FEVER IN THE EU AND LONG-TERM MANAGEMENT OF WILD BOAR POPULATIONS

On 19 December, in Brussels, took place the ministerial conference, organised by the European Commission, on the “Eradication of African swine fever (ASF) in the EU and the long-term management of wild boar populations”.

The meeting focussed on the preparedness on ASF and notably on the long-term management of the wild boar population.
All Member States, where appropriate, should put their efforts to ensure enhanced coordination and cooperation (including awareness raising) between agricultural and environmental side (veterinary services, farmers, forestry management bodies, hunters and etc.) to regulate wild boar populations with the objective of both to efficiently control and prevent the spreading of ASF.

Also,should be taken into account a long-term EU management strategy of wild boar population, including its appropriate reduction. This should be determined after an impact assessment, specific objectives, measures and joint programmes of cooperation between the agriculture and environmental sector (hunting management, ban of supplementary feeding, agricultural practises) tailored to the particular situation of the Member States.
More details here and here .

 EIP AGRI SEMINAR ON MULTI-LEVEL STRATEGIES FOR DIGITISING AGRICULTURE AND RURAL AREAS

During 12-13 December, Antwerp hosted the EIP AGRI seminar on Multi-level strategies for digitising agriculture and rural areas .
Within the proposal for the programming period post 2020, digitisation in rural areas might lead to increased production and innovation. The topic is also discussed within ENRD's Thematic Work Group on Smart Villages.
However, in both cases, the challenge seems to be making digitisation affordable to farmers and how using new technologies will affect and improve their lives and productions.
The event gathered around 150 participants from various Member States and domains involved in developing and implementing digital solutions in rural areas.
Also, the seminar generated the framework for discussions regarding the post 2020 programming period and tried to identify some of the concerns and suggestions of the participants on that topic.

More details can be found here .

SURVEY REGARDING THE PRECISION AGRICULTURE IN EU


Until 31st of January, you can have your say in the survey regarding precision agriculture around EU. The survey can be found here and does not require too much time to be filled in .
AGRIFISH COUNCIL OF 17 DECEMBER

In public session the Council discussed a presidency progress report on the work carried out in the Council on all the Commission proposals of the CAP reform package, which includes regulations on CAP strategic plans, financing, management and monitoring of the CAP, and the common organisation of agricultural products.

The Austrian presidency has worked hard to complete a first analysis of the CAP reform proposals. Today we gave our work the finishing touch, and are glad to leave our successors with a clear picture of where the Council stands, so that they can keep up the momentum and achieve as much progress as possible during the next 6 months. - Elisabeth Köstinger, Austrian Federal Minister for Sustainability and Tourism and President of the Council.

Also in a public session, the Council exchanged views on the role that agriculture and forestry can play in the updated EU Bioeconomy Strategy.
Ministers focused in particular on how to unleash the potential of bioeconomy, boost economic growth and employment in rural areas, and create opportunities for primary producers.
Bioeconomy comprises those parts of the economy that use renewable biological resources from land and sea to produce value-added products such as food, feed, materials and energy.
More information and entire press release cand be found here .

  FIRST ASSESSMENT OF CAP PERFOMANCE

On 5th December 2018, the Eiuropean Commission published the first assessment of the CAP’s performance .

within the assessment were used 178 indicators and more than 900 sub indicators, as the framework has been designed to assess how well the CAP has achieved its three primary objectives of viable food production, sustainable management of natural resources and climate action, and balanced territorial development.
The CAP is supporting 7 million beneficiaries, which represents around 65% of total farms in the EU, and is contributing to reducing the poverty rate in rural areas, approaching it to the poverty rate of the whole economy.
However, the indicators also showed where progress could be made,  the results of the first performance assessment suggests that further improvements are needed with the environmental aspects of the CAP as well as productivity growth has been mainly driven by the outflow of labour, and less by research or innovation as intended.
Furthermore, results of the performance assessment, by CAP objective can be seen by accessing the dashboards (years 2015 and 2016).

  NETWORX - INSPIRING RURAL EUROPE
In April 2019 rural networking in EU is celebrating 10 years! On this occasion, take place the Rural Inspiration contest of EAFRD projects (2014-2020) submitted by National Rural Networks .
More details here .

   LOOKING FOR EXPERTS FOR NEW FOCUS GROUPS


Up until 11 February 2019, if having experience in the domains mentioned for the Focus Groups themes, could register as expert for:
More details here .
NATIONAL EVENTS
   16th MEETING OF LEADER WORK GROUP

During 4-5 December 2018, at Sinaia, took place the 16th LEADER Work Group meeting, the last one for 2018 and out of the series of 24 organised by the Romanian National Rural Network - RNDR. 
Within the event were discussed topics such as social infrastructure, complementary financing, as well as clearing up implementation problems.
Within the event, were debated topics such as social infrastructure, innovation and cooperation under art.35 of Regulation 1305/2013 and cooperation through sM 19.3, as well as complementarity with other EU Programs addressing social issues at local /regional level.

Topics also aimed clarifications regarding submeasure 19.3 - components A and B, as well as methods and means used by the National Rural Network in keeping LAGs informed about transnational cooperation projects and LEADER updates from EU level.

LAGs Valea Ialomiței and Meleagurile Cricovului shared their experiences on implementing social infrastructure projects.

The Work Group provided the occasion to discuss problems faced by LAGs and identify solutions, and reunited representatives of LAGs, EIP Agri SP representative, as well as Managing Authorities with tasks in local rural and regional development.

WORK GROUPS WITH MASS MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES

Romanian National Rural Network within the Managing Authority for NRDP, has organised in December two meetings with mass-media representatives, aiming to improve the communication on RDP implementation as well as the informing of beneficiaries and potential beneficiaries.
The meetings included the strengthening of the partnership between public authorities and mass-media, efficient use of media channels by public sector and importance of time in informing beneficiaries about funds available.
The events gathered around 18 mass-media representatives with tasks on agriculture and rural development.
  EVALUATION WORKS! EVALUATING THE ACHIEVENTS AND IMPACT OF RDPs

On 5 December 2018, the Romanian Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development hosted the Evaluation Works! workshop - annual event addressing capacity building organized in each member state.
The workshop aimed the preparations for the upcoming reporting of the Annual Implementation Report evaluation in 2019.
As mentioned in the previous edition of the NRN newsletter, the Evaluation Helpdesk for Rural Development has recently published the Guidelines on Assessing achievements and impact of RDPs in all 23 languages! Get your copy here

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SAVE THE DATE - CALENDAR
17 January 2019
2nd meeting of the Thematic Group on Bioeconomy
Brussels - Belgium

details here...
31 January 2019
Time to rething rural mobility

Brussels- Belgium
details here...
17-19 January 2019
Global Forum for Food and Agriculture
Berlin - Germany

details here...
31 January 2019
6th Meeting of the LEADER/CLLD Sub-group

Brussels-Belgium
details here...
 29 January 2019
ENRD Worskhop on Biodiversity
Brussels - Belgium

details here...
5-7 February 2019
1st Smart Villages Network Meeting

Finland
details here...
21-22 February 2019
Smart eco-social villages pilot project and the future of Smart Villages

Brussels-Belgium
details here...
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22 February 2019
ENRD Workshop on Generational Renewal

Athlone - Ireland
details here...
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