Today, talks were held between the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Krzysztof Jurgiel, and the Minister of Rural Affairs of the Republic of Estonia, Urmas Kruuse.
Photo. Meeting of Minister Krzysztor Jurgiel with the Minister for Rural Affairs of the Republic of Estonia, Urmas Kruuse
The main topic of the meeting was the future Estonian Presidency of the EU Council in the second half of 2017, its priorities in the area of agriculture and expectations of Poland in this regard.
Estonian Presidency intends to focus, among others, on the digitisation and its impact on different sectors, including agricultural economy. Moreover, it is planning to organise an international conference on soil.
With regard to the Common Agricultural Policy, Estonia would like to know the views of all Member States, especially the countries of the region. For Estonia, an important issue is to simplify the CAP and reduce red tape for both farmers and administration.
Issues related to the food chain and the labelling of organic products will also be significant.
Presenting the expectations which Poland has for the Estonian Presidency of the Council, Minister Krzysztof Jurgiel pointed to the issues of trade in agricultural land, equal conditions of competition, including the need to adjust direct payments, greater involvement of the Cohesion Policy and the Common Agricultural Policy in rural development.
In the context of a difficult and changing situation on agricultural markets which requires continuous monitoring, Minister K. Jurgiel noted the need to assess the effects of measures taken to stabilise agricultural markets.
In relation to the problem posed by African swine fever for farmers, Polish minister stressed the need to strive for providing means to combat the effects of ASF.
Minister Jurgiel declared active participation of Poland and constructive cooperation with the future Estonian presidency.