I make clear commitment to resolve the case with the apprehended Bulgarian fishing vessel in Romania, announced Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development of Romania Stelian Fuia at the meeting with Bulgarian Minister of Agriculture and Food Dr. Miroslav Naydenov in the town of Ruse. They both agreed to strengthen control over fishing in the boundary waters of the Danube River and Black Sea, as well as to approximate legislation in this regard to prevent such cases in future.
The official reason for the meeting was the upcoming visit of European Commissioner for Fisheries Maria Damanaki in Bucharest and Sofia in the next two days. Both sides agreed to develop a common plan for fisheries management in the Black Sea, which to be submitted to the EC.
At the initiative of Minister Naydenov in April in Varna will be held a tripartite meeting of agriculture ministers of Romania, Turkey and Bulgaria where the problems related to management of fisheries resources in the Black Sea and in particular turbot catches to be discussed. It is expected the problems of veterinary and phytosanitary control the three countries also to be discussed at the meeting. Turkey imposes restrictions on imports and transport of animal products from Bulgaria and Romania, while Romania expresses concerns about the presence of pesticides in Turkish fruit and vegetables. Minister Naydenov assured his Romanian counterpart, on the Bulgarian border the Turkish fruits and vegetables are strictly tested for pesticides.
We both agreed to take joint initiative to change the Treaty of Accession to the EU with the purpose to extend the deadline of the ban on free sale of land to foreigners in Bulgaria and Romania to 2014, said Minister Fuia. Under the EU Accession Treaty the two countries should open their markets for land at the end of 2013. According to Minister Fuia, however Romanian and Bulgarian farmers are not ready to compete for land ownership with large foreign investors.
The Romanian minister also suggested Bulgaria to take part in the meeting of the Visegrad Four countries in format 4 plus 3, organized in Romania in May, where common positions on the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy and fisheries policy be discussed. Both sides agreed to coordinate their positions on the future of the Common Agriculture Policy and Common Fisheries Policy. "We appreciate the fact that it is easier to defend our positions together," said Minister Naydenov. Both ministers will also defend their position on the ceiling of subsidies for both countries to be reached the in 2014 instead of 2016 in order conditions between old and new member states to be equalized.