The European Parliament, the Council of Ministers and the European Commission have reached an agreement on the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) which will come into force starting January 2014.
“I am delighted with this agreement which gives the CAP a new direction, taking better account of society’s expectations as expressed during the public debate in spring 2010” , said agriculture and rural development commissioner Dacian Ciolos. He added that the agreement will bring about far-reaching changes such as making direct payments fairer and greener, strengthening the position of farmers within the food production chain and making the CAP more efficient and more transparent.
“These decisions represent the EU’s strong response to the challenges of food safety, climate change, growth and jobs in rural areas. The CAP will play a key part in achieving the overall objective of promoting smart, sustainable and inclusive growth”, explained the commissioner.
Ciolos will visit Romania this Friday and hold meetings with agriculture minister Daniel Constantin and deputies and senators from the agriculture parliamentary commissions.
Read more about the CAP reform and what are the main changes for Romanian farmers here.