On March 16, 2018, the Supervisory Committee on the implementation of the ENPARD Moldova Program was held in Chisinau, where the current situation regarding the fulfillment of the general and specific conditions stipulated in the Financing Agreement concluded between the Government of the Republic of Moldova and the European Commission was discussed. One of the general conditions set out in the ENPARD Sectoral Reform Contract is to revise and update the National Rural and Rural Development Strategy (SNDAR) for the years 2014-2020.
The State Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture, Regional Development and Environment (MADRM), Iurie Usurelu, presented the annual report on the implementation of the SNDAR in 2017, a document currently undergoing mid-term review.
In this context, in March-April of this year, MADRM will hold public consultations on the updated version of the Strategy.
At the same time, in the context of the update of the SNDAR and the subsidy regulation, it was discussed the introduction of advance payments targeting women and young people in agriculture and the introduction of measures to diversify incomes in rural areas. Revision and update reports will be available for viewing on the MADRM site by the general public.
Furthermore, Iurie Usurelu presented the degree of fulfillment of the indicators of the ENPARD Moldova Program, where all indicators were mentioned, except for the irrigation indicator. At the same time, the AIPA report on the implementation of subsidy measures for 2017 was presented, as it was found that 100% of the value of the National Fund for Agriculture and Rural Development (FNDAMR) was used.
Officials from the Delegation of the European to the Republic of Moldova present at the meeting have shown the successful implementation of the ENPARD Program in 2017. They also specified the need to ensure synergy between the National Development Strategy Moldova 2030 and the National Development Strategy Agriculture and Rural Development for the years 2014-2020 (SNDAR).
At the same time, it was mentioned that, from next year, the European Union will provide financial support through other forms of programs that will be aimed at the development of the agricultural and rural sector. The ENPARD program in Moldova is on the last hundred meters and, throughout 2018, will continue as complementary support through technical assistance projects.