Petre Daea, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, attended two working meetings between 27th -29th of June: the first meeting took place in Austria with Mrs. Elisabeth Kostinger, Federal Minister for Sustainability and Tourism, in the presence of His Excellency Bogdan Mazuru, Ambassador of Romania in Austria, and the second meeting was held in Germany with Mrs. Julia Klöckner, Federal Minister for Food and Agriculture, together with His Excellency Emil Hurezeanu, Romania's extraordinary and plenipotentiary ambassador to Germany.
In order to provide an efficient transition between the presidencies, minister Petre Daea went to Austria where he had a dialogue with his Austrian counterpart to discuss the specific aspects of the negotiations on the files in the field of expertise. Austria aims to advance discussions on financial allocations for the Common Agricultural Policy, one of the objectives being to maintain at EU level a multifunctional agriculture, alongside the promotion and preservation of rural areas, focusing on the most disadvantaged regions, such as mountain areas. The Austrian Presidency will make every effort to advance file on unfair commercial practices in the field of agriculture, and there are chances that it will be completed by the Romanian Presidency. In the same way as Romania, Austria believes that the CAP must have a budget at least at the current level. For Romania, it is particularly important that the new Common Agricultural Policy maintains the structure of the two pillars, that there is flexibility between them and that the administrative burden for farmers is reduced to meet food security objectives.
Also during this visit was discussed the possibility for Romanian experts to participate alongside Austrian experts at EU Council Working Group meetings in order to gain experience and manage and easily take over the files.
During the meeting in Berlin with Mrs. Julia Klöckner, Federal Minister for Food and Agriculture, there were approached topics related to the priorities of the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council, the identification of common points of interest that Germany could support and the organization of actions during the International Green Week Exhibition 2019 (January 18th -27th ,2019), in order to increase the international visibility of Romania.
In this sense, Federal Minister for Agriculture Julia Klöckner stated:
"I am very glad that I received my Romanian counterpart. We are working closely, with confidence, he will take over the EU Presidency next year for six months. It is important to know the situation of agriculture in our partner countries in the EU. We want to identify common points in our positions and collaborate in order to reach a unitary concept for future agrarian policy. Good relations and dialogue with European partners are mandatory. These are the premise to strengthen unity in Europe - that is why I will further intensify the trust-based collaboration with Romania. "
Klöckner explained that European farmers need to overcome a series of challenges. Therefore, a common, updated and non-bureaucratic agrarian policy will have to create in the future sustainable conditions for our farmers.
In turn, Minister Petre Daea stated that "we have a common interest - to connect to strong targets. We are glad to share the same point of view with Germany, because Romania also does not support capping payments towards farmers, a key issue which is essential for PAC and Romanian agriculture as well. At the same time, we are honored by Germany’s invitation to organize together the GLOBAL FORUM FOR FOOD AND AGRICULTURE next year, in the context in which Romania will hold the Presidency of the EU Council in 2019 ".