Romania’s National Support Programme for the wine sector 2014-2018 has been amended by a draft order of the Ministry of Agriculture and Regional Development, in the sense that the conditions for the implementation of investment measures eligible for financing have been changed. These amendments set out conditions for the disbursement of the payments, thus generating blockages in the wine-grower support programme. As such, the provisions state that the payment application for the works completed by the wine-growers must be accompanied by copies of the documents supporting the payments for the services purchased. This makes the wine-growers’ activity more difficult, since they do not have other financing sources. This provision will affect wine-growers in the future, as well as persons who have already accessed the funds and completed the works.

What measures does the Commission recommend to the Romanian authorities for the modification of the condition that leads to the blockage of the works carried out by wine-growers?