Tuesday, 17 July 2018 10:39

The intervention of the minister Petre Daea to AGRIFISH Council, 16th July this year on the Common Agricultural Policy

Allow me to welcome the two colleagues to whom I wish good luck. Julianne you gave me the start-up emotions of the Presidency, they sure disappeared when Stéphane Travert told me that the world championship ended and the winner was established. I would like to congratulate the whole team of aces, France, Croatia, Belgium and England, as I also congratulate you Phil and I will do it whenever I have the opportunity, for your vision, general and perspective views.

You put in motion a release of the bureaucracy of the Common Agricultural Policy. The decision is correct and Romania supports it, but we must avoid building levers to stimulate bureaucratic resistance so that simplification becomes a reality that we all want. By analyzing the steps we have taken so far, we can be confident, yet there is a lot to be done, so Romania considers that the proposals advanced by the Commission still require improvements which, together with the proposals of the other Member States and their correct interpretation, will smooth the way for a real simplification of the Common Agricultural Policy.

We find ourselves in the statement of Germany and France. Your intervention of today has boosted my confidence that together we will do a good thing. In the same way, Romania manifests its interest and contribution.

The capping for Romania in the general decision-making plan is unacceptable, in this sense we have brought the necessary arguments in due time. It also creates difficulties in the process of simplification and subsidiarity, which is an additional element of concern for the topic of the day. Given the new performance reporting model with significant impact on programming and implementation, the monitoring system for the European Agricultural Guarantee Fund and market measures, yearly performance assessment will greatly increase the administrative burden for the Member States and will require financial and human resources. The process of designing, implementing and approving strategic plans risks delaying the implementation of measures, particularly direct payments to farmers. The transition period is required to be set at two years.

With regard to subsidiarity, we believe that there is a risk of a non-uniform application of the CAP, which may even expose Member States to financial corrections by the European Union's control structures. We appreciate the Commission's intention to extend the responsibility of the Member States to managing the CAP, which allows a better adaptation to the conditions specific to each Member State, but increased flexibility could also be a first step towards renationalizing the CAP and a less common agricultural policy, thus the possibility of major differences in the application of the CAP in different Member States with possible market distortions. Performance indicators for direct payments may become an additional burden with possible different interpretations and may change by increasing their relativity, in the absence of uniform rules, interpretation becomes relative, and subsidiarity doubtful.

Looking at Romania's concrete examples, we will communicate to the Presidency the proposals in outline through technical experts, we will support Austria's Presidency and let me wish you success in this extremely complicated but necessary and deserved process for the CAP.