Romania has a deficit of about EUR 9 billion on the National Rural Development Programme (PNDR) 2014-2020, according to Adrian-Ionut Chesnoiu, General Director of the Romanian Agency for Financing Rural Investments (AFIR).
He argues that there is “a very big difference between the need for funding identified in the Romanian village compared to the amounts made available by the European Union.”
Public beneficiaries received EUR 1.8 billion from EU and the projects submitted have a total value of more than EUR 3.8 billion. This while ”at private beneficiaries, the things are even worse, because there is much greater discrepancy. We have EUR 3.6 billion available and projects requests of EUR 5.2 billion. According to our calculations, the need is somewhere at EUR 17 billion, so there is a deficit of almost EUR 9 billion,” Chesnoiu explained.
AFIR official also pointed out the need for some negotiations at EU level “so that agriculture and rural development in the Romanian environment benefit a bigger allocation”.