Today, October 2, 2018, I had a fruitful meeting with the Lithuanian Deputy Minister for Agriculture, Venantas GRICIŪNAS.

Our discussions focused on the future of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and the development of rural areas. We insisted in particular on the differences between the surface subsidies offered to Member States. Both farmers in Romania and Lithuania are profoundly disadvantaged by these differences.

During our talk we stressed that, due to the differences in subsidies, only farmers in 8 out of the 27 EU Member States make a profit on each euro invested from their own capital.

We agreed that it is imperative that our countries make a common front in the current debate on the CAP reform in order to find good solutions for the development of rural areas and beyond.