Funding for the forestry sector in Romania

The Romanian forestry sector is complaining that the amount allocated to the forestry sector in Romania under the National Rural Development Programme (PNDR) 2014-2020 does not cover the sector’s funding needs.

Representatives of the association set up to protect the interests of foresters in Romania claim that the EUR 300 million allocated through the new PNDR for the next seven years is insufficient.

Much more significant funding is required to implement the priorities set, i.e. afforestation projects, forest track networks, storm drainage and the purchasing of equipment.

The Commission communication ‘A new EU Forest Strategy: for forests and the forest-based sector’ recommends that the Member States should maintain and enhance forest cover to ensure soil protection and water quality and quantity regulation by integrating sustainable forestry practices.

As part of the proposed strategy, the Commission would monitor Member States’ progress as regards the uptake of forest management plans or equivalent instruments and the integration of biodiversity considerations in those plans.

1. Does the Commission believe that the sum allocated to the forestry sector in Romania is sufficient to achieve the proposed objectives?

2. What specific recommendations would the Commission make with regard to funding for the forestry sector in Romania?