The launch of the new National Rural Development Programme risks being postponed

Last year, Romania was among the first countries to submit to Brussels the official form of the National Rural Development Programme and, half a year later, it is still on the waiting list. While other European farmers from the EU Member States have already submitted projects in order to access EU funds, in Romania, the commencement date for the submission of such projects, and the extent of the new National Rural Development Programme 2014-2020 are not yet known.

According to recent statements by the president of the League of Agricultural Producers Associations in Romania, not even the guidelines for the applicants for EU funding have been drawn up, and this is vital for the implementation of such a programme, especially since most of the time the applicants have to cope with cumbersome or even hostile legislation.

Moreover, it has to be taken into account that in other EU Member States there are several programmes of this kind, while in Romania there is only one (which is not operating).

Does the Commission envisage a measure whereby to advance the commencement date of the new Romanian National Rural Development Programme 2014-2020?

What would be the Commission’s recommendations regarding the implementation of several national rural development programmes, so as to take into account the specificities of each region?