Romania’s main objective in the EU budget negotiations is to obtain the highest possible allocations for the cohesion and farming policies, President Klaus Iohannis told European Council chief Charles Michel on Tuesday.
Romania wants the traditional policies of the EU to continue to play a big role in the EU’s future budget, given that they are the most important, well-oiled instruments to finance investments in the EU, and they can be very efficient in crisis situations, according to a news release of the presidency, published following a videoconference between the two leaders after the EU Summit of 18-19 June.
Romania’s president advocates greater flexibility in the cohesion policy, to allow increased transfers between the various pillars of this policy in order to adapt the available funding to specific development needs. In addition, the head of state pleaded for maintaining the co-financing and pre-financing rates from the current programming period (2014-2020), as well as the current rule of decommitment of European funds of n+3.
Regarding the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), Iohannis called for additional allocations for rural development and a continuation of the external convergence process, so that the aid for Romanian farmers gets as close as possible to payments to farmers in Western Europe.
Klaus Iohannis also wants a substantial allocation for the proposed economic recovery fund, with a higher share of grants compared with loans in the total amounts allocated.
Romania is in favour of any other resource that can generate additional revenue for the EU budget, but which will not affect the existing sources of income in EU member states, according to the presidency. (Bogdan Neagu | EURACTIV.ro)