Differences in taxation for farmers belonging to various types of association in the EU

Romania has a shortfall of small farmers’ associations, and this reduces the sales markets to which they can have access.

The main thing that deters Romanian farmers from forming associations with a view to entering new product markets, such as supermarket chains or external markets, is that their products are then taxed several times over. Products marketed by small farmers can be taxed as many as three times when the small farmer is a member of an association and when that association is also part of a producer group.

The EU is described as being a single market and an economic and political union, and discrepancies between the amounts of taxation payable by small farmers in EU countries is liable to result in the uneven development of agriculture across the EU. This is precisely why common solutions need to be found when it comes to taxing farmers.

What is the Commission’s position in this respect?