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Romania: Financial aid granted to fruit and veg producer organizations

The Romanian government has approved the granting of financial aid to producer organizations and other associative forms devoted to the marketing of fruit and vegetables. The act creates the legal framework for the granting of financial aid ensured by the European Agricultural Guarantee Fund (EAGF) following the amendment of the EU legislation in the fruit and vegetables sector. It also regulates the attributions of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, as well as those of the Paying and Intervention Agency for Agriculture.

The granting of this financial aid will help in the consolidation of associative forms in the fruit and vegetables sector, with a view to stimulating the operation of producer organizations. Continuing to provide financial support to operational programs implemented by producer organizations ensures continuous and constant production, helping meet the demands of large chain stores and facilitating the supply of fruits and vegetables for export.

In order to obtain financial aid, beneficiaries must submit and have approved an operational program. Operational programs will have a minimum duration of 3 years and a maximum of 5 years.

EU financial aid shall be equal to the financial contributions of the members or the producer organization, but limited to 50% of the actual costs incurred by the producer organization under the approved operational program.

Community financial support is limited to 4.1% of the value of the marketed production (VPC) of each producer organization; the threshold may be increased according to certain criteria. The 4.1% of the VPC may be increased to 4.6% for producer organizations and 4.7% for other marketing associative forms, provided that the amount exceeding that 4.1% is used for crisis prevention and management measures.

Producer organizations that have an operational program approved prior to the date of entry into force of this decision will need to apply in writing by 1 November 2017 in order to benefit from the provisions of the decision.


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