Pre-accession Programme "Quality control of raw milk production in the dairy sector"

Within the bilateral assistance program, i.e. Pre-accession Program (PPA), from the Dutch Government to the EU candidate member states in Central Europe, the Dutch Government provides support to Romania. The main objective of PPA is twofold:

Providing assistance to the public sector in the implementation of the acquis communitaire and accession related policy;

Establishing a lasting relationship between government institutions in the Netherlands and Romania.

Aim :

During the period January 2004 to December 2006 the quality control of raw milk production will be implemented, aiming to contribute to the accession of Romania to the European Union. The project aims to assist Romania with the implementation of Directive 92/46/EEC laying down the health rules for the production and placing on the market of raw milk, heat-treated milk and milk products.

Purpose :

The purpose of the project is to strengthen the institutional structure of the Romanian Ministry of Agriculture, Forests and Rural Development in order to improve milk quality by establishing a system of raw milk quality control.

Intended results :

Strengthening the existing representative organizations of milk producers and milk processors;

Establishment of a supervision organization for quality control of raw milk and payment system according to EU directive 92/46/EEC;

A created system of quality control of raw milk, functional and transparent to all relevant parties;

A milk payment system based on quality criteria developed and functional.

Approach :

The approach is to create a system allowing the government, farmers, dairy plants and consumers to trust that production, testing and payment of milk and milk products are performed in accordance to international (EU) standards and without any preference to (interference by) any individual, company and/or organization that is involved in the sector.

This must start with making the involved people aware of the need to develop an independent, operational and cost-effective system. To achieve this, the project will use an integrated approach linking existing structures, resources and knowledge with the government, AVSA, ANARZ, APRIL and AGCTR.

"Quality Control of raw milk"

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