Today, in the evening, at the Crystal Hall of the Warsaw University of Life Sciences (SGGW), the pre-Christmas meeting of the Agricultural Advisors of the Embassies was held. It was the 17th meeting of this type. This year, it was hosted by the Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Paul Bekkers, who greeted the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Krzysztof Jurgiel and the Rector of SGGW, Alojzy Szymański.
Minister Krzysztof Jurgiel during the meetings at the SGGW
Minister Jurgiel affirmed that with great pleasure he had accepted an invitation to the ceremony and that it was special for him, as it was the first such meeting of that type since he took the office of the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development.
“Admittedly, I attended a similar meeting 10 years ago, but now, when we have a majority in the Parliament, we will introduce these changes which we announced back then,” pointed out Minister Jurgiel and added that the Ministry had already prepared the Action Programme of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development for the years 2015-2019, which would be consistently implemented. He also stressed that the year 2015 had not been favourable to the European Union farmers and the Polish farmers had been severely affected by the effects of the crisis in the pork and milk markets which were intensified by prolonged drought.
From the point of view of the Minister, it is essential to take urgent steps, at the EU and national level, both current and long-term, in order to improve the income situation of agricultural producers. Another important objective is to improve the quality of life in rural areas. Its achievement will be supported by the Pact for Rural Areas, the work on which is already carried out.
Referring to the Dutch Presidency of the Council of the European Union, that will start on 1 January 2016, Minister Jurgiel stressed that he expected that the Kingdom of the Netherlands would help develop joint solutions that would bring benefits to the agri-food sector. He declared cooperation and assured that Poland would actively participate in the activities to support the position of the European Union so that it played a key role in the international arena, as desired by its founders.
The Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Paul Bekkers stressed that the most important elements during the Dutch Presidency was the development and solving the major problems of the EU, creation of new jobs, as well as activities for cooperation and bringing the EU citizens together.
The Ambassador thanked the Rector of SGGW for allowing, once again, to organise the meeting of the diplomatic corps representatives at the University. Permanently, since 2002, these meetings have been covered by the patronage of the Rector of SGGW and their Christmas atmosphere is enriched by the presentations and tastings of culinary specialties of the participating countries and by joint singing carols.