In this situation, the farmers could apply for EU projects in the first months of 2015, according to minister of Agriculture, Daniel Constantin.
Romania is in the first wave of countries that sent the National Rural Development Programme (PNDR) and has also received comments, which it creates premises for farmers to apply projects in the first month of 2015.
According to minister of Agriculture, Daniel Constantin, paying an official visit to Pietroasele, Buzau county, at the end of this month it will be a working meeting bilateral Romania-European Commission where these observations will be discussed, after which the program will be approved.
Romania has drawn over EUR 6.43 billion of EU funds for rural development up to September 22, 2014, which represents an uptake degree of some 72 percent of the total amount allocated through the PNDR 2007-2013, according to the Agency for Rural Investment Funding (AFIR) data.
The future National Rural Development Programme for 2014-2020 no longer offers the same financial opportunities, but the pledges are more than the ones Romania had in the 2007-2013 programming. Over 100,000 jobs were directly created in the Romanian farming sector based on European Union funds during 2007-2013.
The PNDR is coherent with the three main goals of the National Strategic Plan, namely: to improve the competitiveness of the agricultural and forestry sector; to maintain and enhance the quality of the environment and rural areas through the sustainable use of agricultural and forestry land; to enhance the quality of life in rural areas and diversification of the rural economy.