Debate of the VG4+3

Friday, 2 June 2017 r.

At the end of the annual Polish presidency of the Visegrad Group, a second meeting of the Ministers of Agriculture of the Visegrad Group countries and of Bulgaria, Romania and Slovenia was held.

Photo. The joint conference of the Ministers

Photo. The joint conference of the Ministers

At the invitation of Minister Krzysztof Jurgiel, on 1-2 June 2017, the Ministers of Agriculture of the VG4+3 countries met in Nadarzyn during the International Food Fair Warsaw Food Expo 2017.

 

They discussed a number of issues relating to the priorities in the area of agriculture and rural development, which the Polish presidency of the Visegrad Group officially had specified in its presidency programme.

 

About the decisions made, Minister Krzysztof Jurgiel and other Ministers – the heads of the delegations from each country – informed at a press conference.

The most important topic was the future of the Common Agricultural Policy after 2020. The participants in the meeting, in the conclusions of the discussion, signed a guidance document, summarising the common expectations of seven countries of the extended Visegrad Group in relation to the CAP after 2020.

- Today’s Declaration is a common position before the debate that will be held all year long in the European Union – stressed the host of the Conference, while reminding that the Polish Government had already adopted the position on the future of the CAP.

The jointly developed postulates regarding the most important elements and the direction of changes in the CAP will be officially presented in the EU forum during the further discussion on the future of this important policy.

- In the conclusions of today’s debate, we wrote that the issue of agricultural land is very important – stressed Minister Jurgiel.

- Each state should be able to shape the principles of trade in agricultural land, so that this land serves, first of all, the national interests and there is no speculation. Our joint position is clear – added the Polish Minister of Agriculture.

The participants in today’s debate continued their discussion started during the first meeting of the Ministers last October on market mechanisms in the sugar and cereal markets.

They also discussed the issues concerning Horizon 2020, including, in particular, cooperation for a stronger inclusion of the research potential of Central and Eastern Europe countries into the implementation of projects in the area of agriculture. An important issue during the ministerial meeting were also about unfair trade practices in the food supply chain and the impact on the agricultural sector of the so-called RES directive II providing for the phasing out by the European Commission of support for producing biofuels from agricultural raw materials.

On the eve of the official meeting, the Ministers of Agriculture of the Visegrad Group countries and of Bulgaria, Romania and Slovenia visited the International Food Fair Warsaw Food Expo 2017. This fair is dedicated to the food industry, and and this year’s edition is participated in by nearly 300 exhibitors, with a rich offer of various meat, dairy, fruit and vegetable products, confectionery, beverages, including wine, beer, cider, vodka and cordials.