Polish-French Talks

Monday, 28 November 2016 r.

Today, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Krzysztof Jurgiel, hosted Ambassador of France in Poland, Pierre Lévy. It was a courtesy meeting related to the fact of recently taking over the function of the Ambassador in Warsaw.

Photo. Minister Krzysztof Jurgiel during the meeting with the Ambassador of France

Photo. Minister Krzysztof Jurgiel during the meeting with the Ambassador of France

Minister Jurgiel thanked for the previous good cooperation with France, both in bilateral contacts and in the format of the Weimar Triangle (Poland – France – Germany), declaring the will to continue strengthening contacts in the face of the challenges currently faced by the European agriculture.

The talks focused on the most important issues in bilateral relations and the topics of the current EU agenda.

Poland and France, as countries with a strong agricultural sector, confirmed the importance of discussions on the shape of the Common Agricultural Policy after 2020, especially in the context of review of the multiannual financial framework. Minister K. Jurgiel pointed to the expectations of Poland regarding the implementation by the CAP of its Treaty objectives and ensuring fair competition.

The need to protect interests of the European agriculture in relation to the free trade agreements with countries or blocks of countries which are major global producers and exporters of agricultural products negotiated by the European Commission, on behalf of the Member States, was stressed.

Minister K. Jurgiel presented the epidemiological situation in Poland in relation to the virus of African swine fever (ASF), informing about the preparation of a comprehensive programme of support in the pork sector and asking for further support of France for the actions taken by Poland to stop the spread of ASF in the EU.

The talks also focused on the topics of agricultural land transactions, cooperation in the field of agricultural education, and the rural development strategy in Poland.