Romanian Center for European Policies (RCEP) has published a detailed analysis of the possibilities and expectations Romania has from the results of the current negotiations on the future multiannual financial framework - EU’s budget (2014-2020).
In Romania the subject of association in agriculture has regained its importance on the public agenda slowly, but surely. We are way behind Western Europe at this chapter, even if right now a general consensus is shaping with regard to the advantages that cooperation can bring to small producers, on each link in the agri-food chain.
It has become a truism that a fragmented agriculture cannot be efficient on today’s global market and that a solution for this structural problem can be found in the development of association in rural areas. Due to historical causes and not only, cooperation in agriculture has a bad reputation in Romania.
On November 18, 2010, the European Commission published "The Common Agricultural Policy in the perspective of 2020 ", the result of extensive public debate during 2010 that began at the invitation of Romanian Commissioner Dacian Ciolos. CRPE has organized on May 4, 2011, with the support of EurActiv and Infoeuropa, a public debate on this issue with key stakeholders, publicly proposing a simplified model of the scheme, which small farmers can have access to without filling in the annual subsidy applications and complex forms.
This report resembles a Russian matrioska which is addressed to more audiences. On one hand, it is about the agricultural policies and European policies, who are accustomed with the field. On the other hand, it is about journalists, politicians, trade unionists, students and the public at large, who need context information for understanding the dilemma raised by CAP in the context of Romania.