On July 9th current year, Petre DAEA, the minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, received his Bulgarian counterpart, Rumen PORODZANOV, at the premises of the institution. Alongside the Bulgarian delegation, was present His Excellency Todor Ivanov Churov, Ambassador of the Republic of Bulgaria to Bucharest. At the discussions attended MARD State Secretaries, Daniel Dumitru Botănoiu and Claudiu Sorin Mareş, the Presidents and Vice-Presidents of the EU Council Working Groups, as well as the experts from the technical directorates of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.
The main issues addressed by the two sides concerned the CAP reform package post 2020, with emphasis on the CAP budget after 2020, the regulation on strategic plans for the CAP, the regulation on CAP financing, management and monitoring. Thus, Minister Petre Daea underlined that Romania has a firm and steady position on three major issues: we are campaigning for a more consistent financial level of the future Common Agricultural Policy, we consider that capping affects Romanian farmers, being unacceptable for Romania. Another aspect mentioned by the Romanian minister of agriculture focused on the importance of continuing external convergence.
"Romania considers the CAP structure as necessary and correct through the two pillars, but the level of funding is insufficient and does not fully meet the objectives we have set for food security. Climate change is a reality, not a fiction, environmental conditions entail additional costs. We can’t ask our farmers to do more and better with less money, under tougher and more restrictive conditions, "said the Romanian minister of agriculture.
Also, Minister Petre Daea pointed out that "we want the Bulgarian-Romanian bilateral relations to maintain the same upward trend as in the last years, the agricultural field being an essential point in the collaboration between the two states."
Given that Bulgaria ended the presidency of the Council of the European Union on 30th of June 2018, pragmatic aspects of this responsibility that will come to Romania in the first six months of 2019 were discussed at the meeting. Minister Rumen Porodzanov stated that it is a special pleasure to be in Romania and to get to know the team that will take over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
At the same time, he shared the experience gained during the six-month period in which Bulgaria held the presidency of the EU Council, so as to answer all the questions that Romanian experts have on this subject, in order for Romania to be fully prepared on January 1st 2019. In this respect, the Bulgarian side presented how it has gone through both the pre-accession and pre-Presidency stages of the EU Council, showing by way of concrete examples the complexity of the whole mechanism in which they were involved over the six months.
In view of the above, the two counterparts agreed on the continuation of the technical cooperation in the period prior to the taking over of the Presidency of the Council of the European Union by Romania.
We specify that on 8th July 2018 the delegation of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forests of the Republic of Bulgaria, led by minister Rumen Porodzanov, was on an official visit to Romania. On this occasion, together with minister Petre Daea, guests from Bulgaria visited several farms in the field of plant and zootechnics in Buzău County, a wine company, as well as a meat processing unit. This unit is a member of the applicant group that filled the EC documentation for submission to the quality scheme Protected Geographical Indication for the product Pleșcoi Sausage.