Commission official: ‘We wish to enhance CAP’s agro-environment architecture’–

The European Commission is “aiming high” in the post-2020 Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), conscious of the have to enhance its architecture and links with climate and environment policies. The level of funding that will be readily available from 2020 is still unknown.At the start

of May, the Commission will present its proposition for the EU spending plan over the post-2020 Multiannual Financial Framework, and there have been recommendations that farming and cohesion– the 2 main EU funding policies– may suffer cuts unless member states agree to increase their contributions.Despite the unpredictabilities, the Commission has a vision for a revamped CAP and Mihail Dumitru, deputy general director in DG AGRI, presented the outline of the new CAP at an event organised by EURACTIV Romania on 26 March.

“For the next CAP, we are aiming high, we wish to enhance the agro-environment architecture and we have to strengthen the link between the CAP and other policies, specifically the environment and climate policies,” Dumitru stressed.

“The Commission is attempting to persuade member states to increase their spending plan contribution since the post-Brexit budget plan would otherwise be smaller [than the current one], however we do not know yet exactly what the final figures will be,” he underlined, including that there are still divergences in between the Eastern European countries and the net factor states.For Romania

‘s farming sector, the CAP has been an advantage, inning accordance with the country’s Farming Minister Petre Daea. “We have actually accomplished extraordinary leaps in regards to technical capabilities and yields due to this policy,” Daea said.Regarding the proposed modifications to the CAP, the minister kept in mind that Romania wanted a CAP that would respect the nation’s needs and its dreams, therefore” the current conversation is welcome”. The Romanian government’s main position is to keep both pillars of the CAP– the aid for farmers and the funding for the advancement of rural communities.”Furthermore, we want the post-Brexit budget to keep the current level of funding for farming,”stated Alexandru Potor, the secretary of state in the agriculture ministry.Potor said more than 22,000 jobs have actually been financed from the National Programme for Rural

Development– that includes both funds from the national budget and the EU– for an overall of practically EUR3 billion in the existing MFF(2014-2020). Daniel Crunteanu, a representative of AFIR, the Management Authority for Rural Advancement, stated nearly 17,000 recipients have actually received EU funding because 2014. AFIR has actually supported 9,860 young farmers to start their company in agriculture.The number of recipients increased each year, according to Mihaela Hunca, an expert with the UniCredit Bank, which has co-financed projects supported by EU funds since 2009. Based upon its experience in financing agriculture jobs, UniCredit thinks the next CAP should increase the support for land re-parcelling and for little and medium farms.Five years considering that the reform of the CAP, the experience and the outcomes of Romania showcase the significance of continuing financial investments and the capacity of EU policies to support farming

modernisation and rural development.National authorities and the beneficiaries of EU funds now aim to continue the progress achieved in the previous programming period and are looking towards the post-2020 stage, hoping that the EU budget plan

will not be cut.Nonetheless, up until a clear vision is in location, stakeholders confess there is a have to guarantee a better congruence of all internal nationwide efforts in order to sustain the existing level of financial investments and continue the execution of customized projects.Cooperatives’change mindsets ‘Among the finest ways to develop little and medium farms is through association, stated Alexandra Toderita, executive director of the Romanian Center for European Policies(CRPE)believe tank. Toderita kept in mind that less than a third of the more than 1,000 cooperatives signed up in Romania are in fact functional.She likewise spoke about the need for education programs particular to farming and the need for farming-specialised schools to carry out courses that supply relevant information to help develop their trainees’technical and entrepreneurial abilities.The PACT Structure has actually implemented several jobs that promote farmers’association and education in farming in disadvantaged

neighborhoods in Romania’s southern region, which is one of the poorest in the EU.Marilena Andrei, a foundation agent, explained how the organisation helped Roma people in the Oltenia area begin a small business or discover a farming cooperative changed to their requirements.”Cooperatives are best practices in partnership with their particular neighborhood and can attract brand-new members. Cooperatives alter mindsets and mentalities,”said Marilena Andrei.Hagi Stoican, founder and president of”Bostanii lui Stoican”(Stoican’s Melons) in Ocolna, some 200 km southwest of Bucharest, described that he understood little about planning when the PACT Foundation proposed a cooperative setup.”We did not know anything about marketing, we only understood the production part. We found out that good planning of agricultural activities assists specify production costs and set sale rates,”he said.” I believe they did a great thing by resolving business owners directly and describing the benefits of a cooperative and exactly what is required for its setup. Preferably, the government ought to do the exact same, however boiling down to the regional level, not just at the high level,

“Stoican emphasised.David Daniel Limbasan, among the best-known breeders of Mangalitsa pigs in Romania, spoke about his experience with EU funds.Limbasan constructed his pork-processing factory with the aid of rural development funds during the previous shows period and has actually made an application for a brand-new project to create a brief food supply chain.”It really is extremely important to have a market for the last items one makes, “he stated.