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Thursday, 18 July 2013

Croatia accession: EU brings financial envelopes for agriculture

Following its accession to the European Union on 1st of July 2013, Croatia will be given a financial envelope for direct payments in agriculture in value of 373 million euros annually.
Croatia will be given additional financial envelopes for areas affected by land mines left over from the 1991-1995 war (9.6 million euros), while the wine sector will have 10.8 million euros at its disposal. With entry into the EU, it will no longer be allowed to plant new vineyards, but only to cultivate the existing ones, until the end of 2015.
More, Croatia has retained restrictions on the purchase of farmland, so that foreigners will not be able to buy agricultural land in Croatia for seven years after the country's entry into the EU, with a possibility of extending this time frame for another three years.

Croatia is entering the EU market with a new product, "pekmez", which is similar to jam. Only 12 Croatian products have so far been awarded a protected designation of origin, including Krk prosciutto, "Drnis" prosciutto and "Varazdin" cabbage.

Source: farmlandgrab.org

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