MAŠV: Iković's allegations are incorrect and based on wrong assumptions

Iković said earlier today that the MAŠV is "turning another public call into an impossible mission" and that is why they are asking for the application deadline to be extended.

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Allegations of Preokret official Vuk Iković about the short deadline for applying to the Public Call of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management (MAFSV) and bias in the selection process are incorrect and based on wrong assumptions, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management (MAFSV) announced.

Iković said earlier today that the MAŠV is "turning another public call into an impossible mission" and that is why they are asking for the application deadline to be extended.

"The public call was published transparently and the rules and criteria for applying were clearly stated, in accordance with the current legislation. It was simplified compared to the previous year because it is necessary to submit a request for approval of the investment and an offer for the machinery / equipment they want to acquire, everything else is obtained by the Ministry of Agriculture. The application deadline was short due to the limited funds allocated by the Agricultural Budget for this Measure, and the fact is supported by the fact that last year 1.8 million euros were spent for this Measure and the public call lasted five days. while EUR 300 has been allocated for this year," the MAŠV response stated.

They said that it is important to point out that for mechanization within the framework of Measure 1 of the IPARD II program, an amount of support in the amount of 11.6 million euros has been agreed, which is expected to be realized by the end of the year.

"Also, by the end of 2024, it is planned to announce another public call through the IPARD III program, which will also be intended for the procurement of machinery where there are more than enough funds for all potential users," it added.

"We emphasize that all interested parties had equal access to information about the public call, regardless of their political affiliation or any other connection. The Ministry of Agriculture is committed to ensuring transparency, integrity and fairness in all its activities, including project selection processes. We invite all interested parties to be informed directly through the Ministry's official channels and not to agree to misinformation that can harm the integrity and reputation of the institutions," the MAFSV concluded.

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