Christmas Eve meeting of Agricultural Advisers of the Embassies

Wednesday, 13 December 2017 r.

The pre-Christmas meeting of Agricultural Advisers of the Embassies took place today in Warsaw, in the Crystal Auditorium of the Warsaw University of Life Sciences (SGGW). It is a traditional event which takes place every year, since 2002 under the auspices of the Rector of the Warsaw University of Life Sciences.

Photo. Speech by Minister Krzysztof Jurgiel

Photo. Speech by Minister Krzysztof Jurgiel

This year, its host was Ambassador of the Netherlands, Ron van Dartel, who announced that 18 countries from around the world presented their food delicacies during the meeting.

- I am glad to be given this opportunity to talk to you today and taste delicious dishes from many countries. I would also like to thank for the constructive cooperation on agriculture and development of trade in agri-food products – Minister Krzysztof Jurgiel said in his speech.

The meeting was also attended by members of parliament, representatives of institutions operating in the field of agriculture, authorities of the SGGW and university lecturers. Minister Jurgiel thanked the Rector of the Warsaw University of Life Sciences, Prof. Wiesław Bielawski, PhD, that, once again, diplomats could meet in the walls of the oldest agricultural university in Poland and the fourth university of this type in Europe.

- Today’s meeting is especially important to me. It has been two years since I took the position of the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development. It has been a time of hard work in which we managed to achieve a lot. The aim of our actions is to build Poland’s economic potential and improve the quality of life of Poles – Minister Jurgiel noted and emphasised that agriculture and rural development are invariably one of the Government’s priorities, included in the Strategy for Responsible Development.

The Minister reminded that the passing year was a time of intense activities on the forum of the European Union.

- Now, we have started important discussions on the future shape of the Common Agricultural Policy. The Communication “Future of Agriculture and Food Production” adopted two weeks ago by the European Commission, is an important point in discussion on making the EU’s oldest common policy remain relevant now and in the future, in line with its Treaty goals and capable of meeting the challenges that the European agriculture is facing. Personally, I am of the opinion that it is extremely important for the Common Agricultural Policy to ensure equal conditions of competition and equal treatment of farmers in all Member States. I am convinced that thanks to simpler rules and more flexible approach, the CAP will support farmers and sustainable development of rural areas to even greater extent – said the head of the Polish Ministry of Agriculture.

While appreciating foreign dishes presented that day, Minister Jurgiel emphasised that Polish food is bought all over the world and valued for its high quality and taste. He also thanked diplomats for their commitment to joint actions to bring societies together and create prospects for greater opening of markets to these good Polish products.

Minister Jurgiel offered his most sincere wishes for the upcoming Christmas time and expressed his hope for further fruitful cooperation in the field of agriculture and rural development.