On 19th November 2018 Petre DAEA, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, attended the meeting of the Council of the European Union (Agriculture and Fisheries), which took place in Belgium, Brussels.
Among the subjects on the Council's agenda were the post 2020 Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) reform package, namely the Regulation on CAP financing, management and monitoring, and the Regulation regarding Common Market Organization (CMO) on agricultural products.
Reception dedicated to Romanian products, organized in Brussels
On the sideline of the Council works, at the headquarters of the Permanent Representation of Romania to the European Union, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, in partnership with the Permanent Representation of Romania to the European Union, organized a meeting with the ministers of agriculture from Member States, senior European officials, representatives of the European Commission and the European Parliament.
Petre DAEA, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, presented to the guests, at an exhibition, traditionally certified products, or those according to famous recipes, mountain products, as well as products registered on European quality schemes, ecological certified products, from all areas of the country. The guests had the opportunity to learn about the Romanian seeds and the authenticity of our products, which were presented at the exhibition: vegetables and seasonal fruits, as well as milk and meat products, jams, eggplant hotchpotch, fish products, spirits and wines from Romania. The reception, organized in honor of the participants, was animated by famous chefs and sommeliers who shaped the image of hospitality that Romanians show whenever they have the opportunity across the borders of our country. Suggestive pictures from our country have been displayed to the guests throughout the event, thus aroused the interest of European officials to visit Romania.
All invited officials appreciated the taste of the Romanian dishes as well as the quality standards of our products exposed at the event organized at the premises of the Permanent Representation of Romania in Brussels. The meeting is part of the list of events preceding the period in which Romania holds the Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
At the same time, on November 20th 2018, there was a meeting of the Trio Romania, Finland and Croatia, which brought together the files managed by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development for the period January-June 2019, when Romania will hold the Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
During the meeting, minister Petre Daea detailed the legislative topics on the European agenda and their stage, highlighting the priorities of Romania in the field of agriculture and fisheries.
In his speech, Minister Petre DAEA pointed out that "the Trio will pay special attention to the Common Agricultural Policy, given its importance for food security, increasing productivity, ensuring a fair standard of living for farmers, stabilizing markets and the key role for citizens and society as a whole to protect the environment and adapt to climate change, job creation and economic growth, and last but not least, maintaining the viability of rural areas.
From this perspective, the CAP budget must be consistent in providing tailored and specific solutions for agriculture and rural development. Reducing disparities can be achieved through appropriate funding in the field of rural development and ensuring real convergence of direct payments. "
The Minister stated that the CAP will place a strong emphasis on unlocking the potential of research, innovation, training and use of counseling services to improve environmental and climate care, including more resource-efficient use.
Also, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development underlined the importance of collaboration at political level and between technical experts in order to achieve joint results within the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU.
The assumption for a six-month period of the Presidency of the Council of the European Union is a responsibility stemming from the status of a Member State and involves an effort to consolidate a national view of the future of the European Union and increase the administrative capacity needed to exercise this mandate. According to tradition, during this period Romania will organize informal events that represent an opportunity to promote public policies.
Romania's exercise of the Presidency of the Council of the European Union is a good opportunity for the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to organize a series of information and promotion actions on the policies applied in the field of agriculture and rural development in order to make known the Romanian agro-food products, both domestically and internationally, with favorable effects in balancing the agricultural trade balance by regaining the external markets and, last but not least, by increasing the competitiveness of agro-food products on the European market.