Financial aid for organizations of producers activating in fruit and vegetable sector

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The Government approved the Decision on the extension of financial aid to the organizations of producers activating in the fruit and vegetable sector and the groups of producers from the same sector, which haven’t received the status of organization yet, but they were preliminarily recognized, reads a release of the Government.
 
The draft sets up the legal framework for the accession of the European financial support by organizations and groups of producers of fruits and vegetables.
The organizations of producers are legal persons established at the initiative of  producers and recognized by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in line with the incumbent legislation.
 
The groups of producers preliminarily recognized are legal persons established at the initiative of producers which do not meet conditions of recognition as organization of producers, but which are recognized by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. At present, recognized in Romania are a sole organization of producers and four groups of producers preliminarily recognized. The non-repayable European funds are granted according to the value of production traded in common by the members of these associations.
 
The organizations of producers of fruits and vegetables will receive financial aid for the financing of operational programmes which are running on a minimum three and maximum five-year period. The European financial aid granted to the organizations of producers is equal to the value of financial contributions of the members or organizations of producers effectively paid, but it does not exceed 50% of the real value of spending borne by the organization of producers, according to the approved operational programme.
 
At the request of the organization of producers, the percentage of financial aid can reach 60% for an operational programme or part of an operational programme if it is presented by several organizations of producers from the community who are activating in member states different according to transnational scheme, if it presented by one or several organizations of producers involved in regimes which are running on sectoral base, or cover only the specific support extended to the production of organic products.
 
The same regime have the organizations of producers which are presented by an organization of producers for actions unfolded by the end of 2013 or are at the first programme presented by a recognized organization of producers which merged with another recognized organization of producers. The European financial support is limited to 4.1% of the value of production traded  by each organization of producers. The percentage may go up to 4.6% of the value of traded production, provided that the sum which exceeds 4.1% of the value of traded production to have as destination the measures of prevention and crises management.
 
The organizations of producers can receive national support according to provisions of article, point 22 of the Council Regulations (EC) No 361/2008 amending Regulation (EC) No 1234/2007 establishing a common organization of agricultural markets and on specific provisions fort certain agricultural products.The groups of producers preliminarily recognized benefit for a period of maximum 5 years of financing of the recognition plan.
 
Managing and making payments of the financial support destined to groups of producers preliminarily recognized and organizations of producers falls to the Agency of Payments and Intervention in Agriculture (APIA).
The recognition of group of producers preliminarily recognized and of the organizations of producers is up to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, through the technical specialized departments.
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