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Agroforum 2004 EU

Introduction
(Dr. László Bódis, Dr. Sándor Balikó)
„The EU is not to be afraid of, rather to be learnt!” Perhaps this sentence quoted from one of our Readers could be the motto of the special number of Agrofórum. What made the editors publish a new issue again? What are the topics we would like to address in the EU numbers? The introduction gives the answer to these questions.

The Hungarian paying agency, the Agricultural and Rural Development Office is one year old
(Dr. Miklós Szőke)
The European Union grants subsidies, contributing to carry out the objectives of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). It is the task of the Member States to establish the institutional background and the rules of procedures, to set up the so-called paying agencies. In Hungary, the Agricultural and Rural Development Office as a national organisation is responsible for performing such tasks.
The author lets us get an insight into the work of the Agricultural and Rural Development Office. You may get to know the main scope of activities of the Office.

A programme for developing rural areas
(Miklós Kurucz)
The next part of the series “Note for growers” informs about the development of rural areas that is one of the three topics in the Operative Programme of Agriculture and Rural Development (AVOP). It is intended to support strengthening the economic capacities, extending possibilities and improving attractiveness of rural areas.

Subsidizing manure storage in the frame of the National Rural Development Plan
(Erzsébet Sztahura)
The subsidy programme launched in the frame of the National Rural Development Plan aims at assisting the implementation of good agricultural practice in order to prevent nitrate contamination of waters. The author gives an account of the requirements and possibilities to be taken into consideration in the subsidy programme.

The chances of Hungarian maize in the European Union (x)
(Andor Sövény, Béla Kara, Dr. János Knódel)
What are the chances of Hungarian maize production in the European Union? Read the article of Pioneer to get the answer.

Community legal sources and legislation in a nutshell
(Dr. Anita Jasinka)
The proper knowledge of the community legal sources is inevitable for anyone working in the agricultural sector. The author is ready to show the way in the cobwebs of the law, presenting the sources of Community law, their major elements, and also mentions the Community institutions authorized to codify legal provisions.

EU pocket dictionary
(Éva Hantos)
The author working in the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development gives useful definitions of certain EU-terms. She briefly presents the four basic institutions of the European Union: the Council, the Commission, the Parliament and the Court.

About subsidy and intervention from the farmer’s point of view
(János Hetyei)
The author expresses his ideas about the EU-related questions that are not clear and difficult to understand for farmers. You may know his opinion also about the loan disbursement for closing up, the SAPARD and the intervention.

Recent years’ changes in the Agricultural Cooperative, Tevel
(István Guth)
The author, who is the managing director of the Agricultural Cooperative in Tevel, gives an account of the changes they had to make in their holding in order to be able to meet the challenges created by the EU membership.

Adverse conditions, hard undertakings in Kaposfõ, focusing on the EU accession. Report
(Attila Nagy)
Our reporter asked Ágnes Szerényi Németh, the director of finances of Kaposmező Ltd. about the EU accession, its effects and the way to prepare for it.

One-time thoughts from old papers
(Dr. Péter Inczédy)
The author of our regular page “Written anno” read a book titled “Farm economics” by Antal Kodolányi, published in 1871. He made a selection from the thoughts that are of current concern even today.

The other EU Member States: companions in misfortune or our competitors?
(Dr. Pál U. Kralovánszky)
The year 2004, by all means, is a turning point in the agriculture of the European countries, says the author in the introduction of his study. The agricultural land expanded by 23%, while the agricultural population increased by 55% in the European Community. In addition to the difference in the level of agricultural production between the EU-15 and the accessing 10 countries, the developmental rates in the sector were also very different in the past decade. Diagrams and tables help interpreting the analysis that is supported by a high number of data.