Romania’s cattlestock has decreased significantly recently, and in June 2017 had fallen by 3.3% over the same period in 2016. Romania’s National Statistical Institute has drawn attention to the extremely low number of cattle, amounting to just 2 million head.

This downward trend dates back some time, but one of the most marked decreases came between 2006 and 2011, when numbers fell by 32%. The current number of cattle is insufficient compared to the size of Romania’s population.

Romanian farmers continue to face enormous problems when it comes to competitiveness and integrating into the single market and, coupled with all those obstacles, there are issues surrounding a lack of adequate infrastructure and low prices for animal products, to name but a few.

What tools does the Commission have at its disposal to stimulate a lasting increase in cattle numbers, both in Romania and in other Member States?