Agricultural land under organic cultivation is virtually non-existent in Romania

Given the growth of the specialised international organic market, there have been discussions about the performance of European countries in the organic farming sector. In this regard, Romania was mentioned in a study by the Swiss Organic Farming Research Institute as having a poor track record. Of all the 23 Eastern European countries analysed in the study, Romania — along with Poland — is one of the only countries to have recorded a significant decline in land used for certified organic farming.

Despite this, Romania is one of the top 10 countries in terms of the total surface area used for organic farming (in 7th position), though not all this land is suitable for cultivation, which has led to the decline. The main reasons why Romania is in this situation are the regulatory instability of domestic policies, the declining workforce and, in particular, the lack of funding for support networks at national level.

What measures can the Commission take to improve the situation in Romania, given that it has a very large area that can be used for organic farming?