Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development PAYING AND INTERVENTION AGENCY FOR AGRICULTURE ECEI – Partnership for a Digital Europe 5-6 November 2012, Bruxelles
PAYING AND INTERVENTIONAGENCY FOR AGRICULTURE (PA) The implementation body for agriculturalsupport measures, financed from the EU budget,through the European Agricultural GuaranteeFund (EAGF), European Agricultural Fund forRural Development (EAFRD), and fromRomania’s state budget.
ROMANIAN AGRICULTUREAgriculture is one of the most important branchesof Romanian economy.Out of 23.8 mil. of ha – the Romanian territory,13.3 mil. ha (55.9 %)represent agriculturalland.
PA`S OBJECTIVESStarting from 2007 - Ministry of Agriculture andRural Development together with PA have a strongpolicy in order to help farmers to get subsidiesfrom the European Union.
PA IN FIGURESAnnually, over 2,000,000 farmers apply forEuropean subsidies.PA has paid over 5 billion euro and 8 billion leito farmers between 2007 and 2012.
COOPERATION BETWEEN PA AND IREX ROMANIAIn 2010, the PA management started to look forsolutions in order to improve the absorption ofEU funds.In 2010, PA started the cooperation with IREXRomania, who implements the BiblionetProgramme.
WHY THIS COOPERATION?• It is an instrument put at the Romanian farmers’ disposal by PA through which the applicants for direct payments from EU funds can identify and digitize the parcels they use in a GIS (Geographic Information System) environment.• Simultaneously, the farmers fill in the area declaration, in compliance with the size of the parcels measured through digitization.
IPA ONLINENecessary Requirement – Internet connection. It is enabled from: Farms headquarters (large farms, farms with internet connection). Public libraries – Biblionet Programme Mayor’s offices. PA Local/County offices.Advantages: The paper maps are no longer necessary. The area digitized by farmers is very accurately measured. The error risk, therefore the penalization risk, is more reduced. The applicant can access the application from anywhere in the world, provided that he has an internet connection. The results are available at any moment. In the following claim year the farmer makes only the corrections corresponding to the modifications occurred. The data consistency is verified by the system (total areas, overlaps etc).
HOW WE COOPERATE Farmers who want to apply for european subsidies and don`t have a computer and access to Internet go to public libraries. Why?BECAUSE PUBLIC LIBRARIES ARE CLOSER TO THE FARMERS.STEPS: Librarians help farmers to access Internet. Librarians help farmers to introduce their username and password. Librarians help farmers to digitize their parcels.
HOW WE COOPERATE?Starting with 2010, PA and libraries organizetraining sessions every six months andlibrarians are trained by PA`s experts how touse IPA ONLINE application. Librarians are well-trained andhave good skills to help Romanian farmers.
RESULTS OF A STRONG COOPERATION• In 2011 over 17,000 farmers apply for European money using a computer in a public library.• Over 20.000 mil euro – total value of subsidies.• Farmers have saved 2 days (libraries are closer to their homes).• Farmers can spend 2 days more working their land!
RESULTS OF A STRONG COOPERATION• 150.000 euro were saved by farmers. (means of transport, free days).• A strong communication and cooperation between PA experts and librarians.• Librarians has access to all the necessary information and they are always able to help farmers and also PA.
OUR COMMON GOALS• Continue the cooperation.• Help more and more farmers.• Get subsidies from the European Union.• Make libraries more efficient in the community.• Improve the quality of rural life!
Raluca Daminescu ROMANIANPAYING AND INTERVENTIONAGENCY FOR AGRICULTUREraluca.email@example.com www.apia.org.ro