The departure of the UK will inevitably have budgetary consequences for the EU. In its reflection paper on the future of EU finances, the Commission calls for a new set of rules replacing land subsidies with ‘plough to plate’ subsidies.
Romania is one of the main recipients of land subsidies, while its farmers are at the bottom of the European ranking with regard to processing. While the document in question is a reflection paper and the final decision rests with the Member States and the European Parliament, some budget restructuring will be inevitable as resources dwindle alarmingly following the loss of British contributions. As a result, subsidies could well be reduced and become harder for farmers to obtain.
If ‘plough to plate’ subsidies find favour, what assistance will the Commission provide for farmers hitherto receiving land subsidies who are now ineligible for this new type of funding?