CONSULTATION ON THE DE MINIMIS REGULATION
The European Commission is proposing changes to the rules governing state aid in the agriculture sector, increasing the amount that national authorities can use to support farmers without the need for prior approval.
The proposal - to increase the maximum aid amount from €15,000 to €25,000 over three years per farm holding - is a response to calls from EU member states to improve support for farmers at the same time as reducing the administrative burden and without distorting the market.
The new rules would also propose the creation of mandatory central registers at member state level, to keep records of the de minimis aids granted in order to simplify and improve the delivery and monitoring of de minimis aid.
The Commission is currently seeking feedback on the proposed changes, under a public consultation up to 16 April 2018.
RENEWABLE ENERGY AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT: POTENTIAL SYNERGIES UNACHIEVED
A new report from the European Court of Auditors indicates that even though there were synergies between policies on renewable energy sources and rural development, they remained mostly unrealized.
Several EU and national funding programmes are available to incentivise production and use of renewable energy, one EU source being the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD).
However, the auditors noted that the European Commission was unable to provide comprehensive up-to-date information on financial support for renewable energy, both overall and under the EAFRD.
EU renewable energy policy could be more explicit in establishing the conditions for linking renewable energy successfully to rural development.
The report can be found here
SHOWING ADDED VALUE OF LEADER/CLLD THROUGH EVALUATION GOOD PRACTICE WORKSHOP
On 17-18 of May 2018, at Helsinki - Finland will take place the Good Practice Workshop Showing the added value of LEADER/CLLD through evaluation, organized by the Evaluation Helpdesk in collaboration with the Finnish National Rural Network and the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry.
Registration deadline is 19 of April, so hurry up and register !
REMINDER: RURAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS' EFFICIENCY
Until 20 April 2018, you have the chance to #haveyoursay on improving the way the EU supports rural development via a public consultation by the European Commission launched on 22 January.
The consultation runs until 20 April and allows 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 previous period and improve rural development programming in the future.
The survey can be accessed here:
AGRIFISH COUNCIL OF 19 MARCH
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During the 3rd AgriFish Council meeting on 19 March 2018, ministers exchanged views on the Commission's communication on the future of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).
Furthermore, the Presidency presented its conclusions, following negotiations between Member States, and were presented as well joint declarations of various Member States on the CAP communication, freshwater aquaculture and board fishing vessels.
Conclusions cand be viewed here .
FUTURE SPENDING TO BE BASED ON AMBITIOUS AND RELEVANT PERFORMANCE TARGETS
The call comes in a briefing paper on the future of the CAP, in response to the European Commission’s Communication on the future of food and farming after 2020.
The CAP is currently under review, as the current seven-year planning period for EU finances ends in 2020.
Objectives should be quantified where possible, not just for outputs, but also for results and impact.
LAUNCH OF WIFI4EU PORTAL
The European Commission wishes to promote free Wi-Fi connectivity for citizens and visitors in public spaces such as parks, squares, public building, libraries, health centres, and museums everywhere in Europe through WiFi4EU.
The budget of the WiFi4EU scheme is EUR 120 million between 2017 and 2019.
It will support the installation of state-of-the-art Wi-Fi equipment in the centers of community life.
Next call for projects will be launched on 15/05/2018 at 13:00 (Central European Time).
The beneficiaries will be selected on a first-come, first-serve basis, while ensuring that all Member States can benefit from a minimum amount of vouchers - a minimum amount of 15 vouchers per country will be awarded under the first call.
10TH NRNs' MEETING
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During 20-21 of March, Neuhardenberg – Germany held the 10th NRNs'meeting, co-hosted by the German Network Support Unit and focused on innovation in rural areas.
The meeting further discussed the 2018-2019 priorities of the ENRD Contact Point and emerging areas for NRNs to cooperate in clusters across regions and countries.
More details here
STUDY REGARDING YOUNG FARMERS
A recent study by the European Parliament's Think Tank examines how the measure has been implemented across Europe.
Young farmers and their role in agriculture are related to a wide range of
questions, such as:
- restructuring the agricultural sector,
- ageing farmer population,
- identification and differentiation of new entrants in agriculture within young farmers
and relative potential of policy tools to impact on generational renewal in agriculture.
It is a common feature across the entire EU that smaller farms are most likely to be mainly operated by older farmers .
One interesting question is whether the measures aimed at facilitating the entry of young skilled farmers refer more to the lack of young people or to the high number of old people in the sector.
The study can be read here .
5TH RURAL NETWORKS' LEADER/CLLD SUBGROUP MEETING
On 8th of March 2018, at Brussels took place the 5th meeting of the LEADER/CLLD Subgroup, event within which were debated and analysed the recommendations and priority actions regarding key-elements of improving implementations of LEADER/CLLD.
The meeting gathered representatives of Managing Authorities, National Rural Networks, Local Action Groups, NGOs and other entities involved in local development, among which were also the Romanian representatives (MA and NRN).
During the meeting were also analysed the results of the survey carried by ENRD among the LAGs in late 2017, as regards implementation of LEADER - strenghts and weaknesses.
Also, were discussed aspects such as future of Common Agricultural Policy and responsabilities at national and European level.
More details and presentations held within the meeting can be found here .
DEVELOPING RURAL AREAS THROUGH CAP CONFERENCE
On the 26th of March, Euractiv Romania organised the Developing rural areas through CAP. Financing opportunities for agriculture and rural development conference.
Among the speakers of the event were Mr. Mihail DUMITRU - Deputy Director General for Agriculture and Rural Development - DG AGRI, Petre DAEA - minister of Agriculture and Rural Development of Romania, as well as representatives of the European Commission, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, AFIR (Paying Agency), APIA (Paying and Interventions for Agriculture Agency), MA for NRDP, NGOs in domain, beneficiaries of NRDP and sponsor of the event.
The event comprised discussions regarding methods of facilitating the economical and social development of rural areas in Member States, as well as regards the structural differences between regions, geographical variations and many other interesting topics.
Presentations ~courtesy of Euractiv Romania ~ can be found in Romanian language here
8TH MEETING OF THE LEADER WORKING GROUP - PIATRA NEAMȚ
During 5-6 March 2018, at Piatra Neamț, took place the 8th meeting of the LEADER Work Group, organized by the Network Support Unit of the Romanian National Rural Network - event established within the Action Plan of the NRN for 2014-2020.
The subjects debated within the event aimed topics such as identifying and clarifying aspects related to LEADER Cooperation projects, defining coordinator LAG and establishing activities common to all partners within a cooperation project.
REMINDER: AGRI-ENVIRONMENT AND CLIMATE UNDER NRDP 2014-2020
We remind that starting in March and until May, farmers can access financing based on commitments within agri-environment and climate packages (Measure 10), organic farming (Measure 11), areas affected by natural or specific constraints (Measure 13).
The allocations for these measures sum up to 2.6 mld. Euro.
Detailed info and maps per county are published on MARD site, in Romanian.
WORK MEETING REGARDING CONTRIBUTION OF ITC IN SUPPORTING MANAGEMENT OF EU FUNDS
On 22nd of March, the Paying Agency - AFIR organized a workshop and exchange of experience meeting with representatives of Microsoft Romania and as well with representatives of other public administration entities.
The action comes as confirmation regarding the successful management of EU funds with the help of ITC - performed without problems by and at the level of the Paying Agency .
9TH MEETING OF THE LEADER WORK GROUP
During 12-13 March, at Oradea (Hotel Continental Forum) was held the 9th meeting of the LEADER Work Group - event organized by the Network Support Unit.
Within the meeting were discussed topics such as submeasures 19.3, 19.4, the role of rural networks in supporting LEADER cooperation, specific conditions for 19.3 component A - preparatory technical assistance for cooperation projects and many others.
CALL FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST WITHIN FINANCIAL CREDIT INSTRUMENT
On 16 March, the European Investment Fund published the Call for Expression of Interest addressed to public or private credit or financial institutions, authorized to carry out lending activities according to the applicable legislation which shall be in all cases established and/or operating in Romania, regarding the financing of farmers .
The call follows the signing of funding agreement signed between the EIF and the Government of Romania, represented by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, in November 2017.
In particular, the EAFRD FoF Romania targets the following policy objectives, in accordance with the NRDP:
- Sub-measure 4.1 Support for investments in agricultural holdings
- Sub-measure 4.1a Support for investments in fruit-growing holdings
- Sub-measure 4.2 Support for investments in processing and marketing of agricultural products
- Sub-measure 4.2a Support for investments in processing and marketing of products in the fruit-growing sector
Detailed information can be found here .
- Sub-measure 6.4 Support for investments in creation and development of non-agricultural activities.
10TH MEETING OF THE LEADER WORK GROUP
During 19-20 March, at Ploiești, took place the 10th meeting of the LEADER Work Group - event organised within the Action Plan of the National Rural Network.
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.
Discussions aimed various topics, the most important ones being:
Furthermore, has been suggested the inclusion of experience exchange regarding projects developed and carried on by LAGs.
- Human Capital Operational Program Guidelines and complementarity with RDP
- LEADER implementation stage up to 31st of December 2017
- Status of projects carried on by Romanian National Rural Network
BAZNA AND MANGALITSA PIGS SUPPORT PROGRAM - FIRST STEPS INTO PRACTICE
First deliveries of Bazna and Mangalitsa piglets towards breeders have been performed at the beginning of March in the presence of minister Petre DAEA.
The program supports, encourages and promotes the use and trade of Bazna and Mangalitsa piglets between specialized farms and breeding farms on the basis of a delivery contract.
9-12 April 2018
OECD Conference on enabling rural innovation
Edinburgh - Scotland
3 May 2018
Making Rural Areas more attractive for young people
Brussels - Belgium
17-18 May 2018
Showing the added value of LEADER/CLLD through evaluation
Helsinki - Finland
Romanian National Rural Network
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