APIA to pay over one billion euros to Romanian farmers

Agency for Payments and Interventions in Agriculture (APIA) will pay until the end of August over one billion euros, of which 900 million euros are earmarked by the European Union, said on Thursday APIA general manager, Daniel Constantin.

The sum comes from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) for direct payments per area, but also for measures of agro-environment and underprivileged areas.

The overall amount for 2009 amounts to 1.1 billion euros in the account of direct payments and aforementioned measures.

According to the aforementioned source, in three months since the beginning of payments per area due to 2008, APIA has managed to pay over 500 million euros from European funds, a sum which has already been reimbursed by the European Union.

‘APIA still has to make payments to other 14,000 farmers through the Single Area Payment Scheme campaign. For this year’s campaign we’ll manage to restart payments as of October 16’ said Constantin.

He stressed that because of the financial crisis, the European Commission issued a directive according to which EU countries might start payments per area in advance as against the initially established term of December 1.

‘Under these circumstances, we’ll have to carry out on site and administrative check-ups by October 16, 2009,’ said APIA general manager.

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