On 8 April, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Krzysztof Jurgiel, participated in the conference entitled „Sixty years of Europe, sixty years of the Common Agricultural Policy. European agriculture – from the roots to the future”, which was held in Verona.
Photo. The speech of Minister Krzysztof Jurgiel at the conference in Verona
It was the initiative of the Minister of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies of Italy, Maurizio Martina.
The Conference was also attended by, inter alia: EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Phil Hogan, Minister Of Agriculture, Fisheries And Animal Rights of Malta, incumbent President of the EU Council for Agriculture and Fisheries (AGRIFISH) Roderick Galdes and high-ranking representatives of the Ministries of Agriculture of the EU Member States.
In his speech, the Polish Minister stressed the importance of the Common Agricultural Policy for guaranteeing not only the economic and social cohesion, but also the political cohesion in the EU. He highlighted the important role of that policy for reducing the development gap in agriculture among the individual regions of Europe. Referring to the Treaty objectives of the CAP, i.e. guaranteeing the proper functioning of the single market for agricultural products in the EU, the Minister stressed that the single market required, first of all, providing equal conditions of competition for all farmers, regardless of the country in which they pursue their activity. He also called for departing from the historical criteria of distribution of direct support and for the fastest possible completion of the process to equalise payment rates among the Member States.
Within the framework of the visit, Minister Krzysztof Jurgiel held a bilateral meeting with the Italian Minister Maurizio Martina during which they discussed the issues of the future of the Common Agricultural Policy, its simplification and the possible impact of the withdrawal of Great Britain from the EU on this policy. They also talked about the situation in the agricultural markets, in particular in the sugar and tobacco markets, and about the food chain and unfair trade practices. After joint analysing of the current and planned subjects in the forum of the EU Council for Agriculture and Fisheries, the Ministers expressed their will to intensify Polish-Italian cooperation at the ministerial and expert level.