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Parliamentary questions
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13 June 2018
Answer given by Mr Hogan on behalf of the Commission
Question reference: E-001901/2018

Recognised producer organisation in the fruit and vegetables sector, composed of among others producers, may implement actions and measures (e.g. investments, environmental actions, research activities, quality, etc.) defined in their operational programmes approved by Member States (1). Expenditures and costs linked to these actions and measures are financed by operational funds, which benefit from a Union financial assistance of 50% (60% in certain situations). The main objectives of these organisations are the concentration of the production of the members and the placing on the market of the products produced by the members. Producer organisations may also benefit from the scheme even if part of the production is transformed into processed fruit and vegetable products.

In 2016 in Romania, there are only 18 recognised producer organisations in the fruit and vegetables sector implementing operational programmes (1 726 at EU level).

Moreover, the promotion of food chain organisation, including processing and marketing of agricultural products, constitutes one of the Union priorities for rural development. Rural Development Programmes adopted by Member States under Regulation (EU) No 1305/2013(2) may support this priority through a wide array of measures. In the case of Romania, sub-measure 4.2 (with a budget of some EUR 554 million public expenditure) of the Romanian National Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, puts a specific emphasis on the processing and marketing of agricultural products. Detailed information on this measure can be found on the Romanian Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development website(3).

(1)Regulation (EU) No 1308/2013 — Articles 32 to 38 (OJ L 347, 20.12.2013, p. 671).
(2)Regulation (EU) No 1305/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 December 2013 on support for rural development by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD), OJ L 347, 20.12.2013, p. 487.

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