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Conference of Directors of EU Paying Agencies
October 27, 2011   
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The 30th Conference of Directors of EU Paying Agencies was held in Sopot, northern Poland, Sept. 21-23 as part of Poland’s turn at the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union.

The conference was organized by Poland’s Agricultural Market Agency (ARR) and the Agency for Restructuring and Modernization of Agriculture (ARiMR). The meeting was attended by 150 delegates from the European Commission, the European Court of Auditors, and the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF). agriculture ministry officials from two EU candidate countries, Croatia and Turkey, also took part in the conference as observers.

The conference focused on ways to simplify the EU’s Common agricultural Policy and streamline the complex procedures and control mechanisms involved.

Opening the conference, Tadeusz Nalewajk, undersecretary of state at the Polish Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, said that the priorities of the Polish presidency of the EU Council include strengthening and improving the efficiency of the CAP in the face of new challenges for the agri-food sector in the EU and elsewhere. He added that reducing administrative burdens for farmers benefiting from CAP mechanisms is a prerequisite for simplifying as well as modernizing the Common Agricultural Policy.

Participants in the Sopot conference spent three days exchanging experiences and ideas on ways to reduce the costs incurred by paying agencies as they carry out the CAP. The conference was moderated by ARR President Władysław Łukasik. The proposals and conclusions of the conference will be submitted to the European Commission.

By the end of October the European Commission is expected to submit to the Council of the European Union a package of four draft regulations of the Council and European Parliament concerning the CAP, taking into account suggestions from the paying agencies on practical and concrete ways of simplifying the control and auditing mechanisms.

During a formal dinner party, conference participants met with former Polish President Lech Wałęsa, who has supported the ARR’s promotional activities for years.

The next Conference of Directors of EU Paying Agencies will be held in Horsens, Denmark, June 19-21, 2012.

Materials from the Sopot conference are available on the ARR’s website: www.arr.gov.pl
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