Dacian Ciolos on CAP reform impact on Romanian farmers

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The reform of the European Union’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) will not affect on short-term the direct payments to Romania, European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Dacian Ciolos said on Thursday, on the occasion of launching the tripartite dialogue – the EC, the EU Council and the European Parliament – on the CAP reform.

‘The CAP reform comes into force on January 1, 2014, but, on certain measures, the farmers will feel the impact only in 2015, as the member states, the national governments, will need time to prepare the administrative procedures and the payment agencies will need time to prepare for the new rules implementing. It mostly concerns the direct payments. If we specifically speak about Romania, Romania will not be affected, as in 2014, 2015 and 2016 Romania will probably employ the same payment system per hectare and will not have any immediate adjustments to make,’ Dacian Ciolos said in Brussels, after he announced the initiation of the tripartite dialogue on the CAP reform.

He added that ‘only that financial increase, from one year to another, of the direct payments will continue in Romania after 2016, because we currently have an increase stipulated in the treaty until 2015-2016, and, with the new CAP reform, the direct payments increase will also continue after 2015-2016.’

According to the European Commissioner, Romania will not be affected by the discussions on the interior convergence within the CAP reform, either, ‘as in Romania we already have a unitary payment system per hectare.’

In the dialogue initiated on Thursday, Romania is interested in the aspects related with the support for young farmers and for small farms. ‘We have proposed a consistent support in the first five years since the establishment for young farmers, therefore the direct payment to young farmers will be higher, by what percentage it is left to be seen, we proposed a 25 percent higher payment to young farmers in the first five years since the establishment. At the same time, we proposed a simplified payment, with a number of check-ups close to zero for the small farms, mainly to reduce bureaucracy for the small farmers and to help them develop,’ Ciolos pointed out.

The tripartite dialogue among the EC, the EU Council and the European Parliament on the CAP reform began on Thursday, with no less than 30 meetings scheduled over the coming weeks. European Commissioner for Agriculture Dacian Ciolos voiced his hope that a political agreement could be reached concerning the CAP reform by the end of June, July, at the latest.

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