The International Food & Drink Event 2017 in London

Wednesday, 22 March 2017 r.

On 21 March this year, the Secretary of State, Jacek Bogucki, paid a visit to London for the International Food & Drink Event 2017.

Photo. Vice Minister Bogucki during a talk with the Secretary of State of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Areas of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, George Eustice

Photo. Vice Minister Bogucki during a talk with the Secretary of State of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Areas of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, George Eustice

Great Britain is our second largest recipient of Polish agri-food products. Both this and the high rank of the event caused that more than 30 Polish companies took part in its this year’s edition.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development presented its own information and promotion stand, where the visitors could get information regarding the agriculture and food policy in Poland, as well as high-quality food programmes. The leading motif was “Poland tastes good”. Visitor to the Ministry’s stand had an opportunity to taste Polish food products and get familiar with the brochures related to Polish food and agriculture.

Apart from meetings with Polish exhibitors, the Vice Minister Bogucki had a talk with the Secretary of State of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Areas of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, George Eustice. The conversation was focused on the potential impact of Great Britain leaving the EU on the future Polish-British cooperation in the field of agriculture, especially in relation to trading with agri-food products, which remains on an increase. The Polish Minister concluded that the situation related to Great Britain leaving European Union triggers justified worries of Polish entrepreneurs and farmers. There are a lot of question marks in this respect for both parties, but it must be hoped that the process will be carried out efficiently and in a pragmatic manner, so future trade regulations are not very different from the present ones. Brexit is a scenario, where both the European Union and Great Britain can lose a lot. The Vice Minister Eustice reassured that Great Britain finds it important to keep the partnership with Poland, and these matters should be the subject of future talks during negotiations carried out with the European Commission as to the conditions of Great Britain leaving the EU. He also stated that it is too early on this stage to talk about any details, but Great Britain will carry on taking efforts to develop a comprehensive free trade agreements with the EU.

The last point of the programme of the Secretary of State Jacek Bogucki’s stay in London was participation in the promotional meeting under a slogan “Poland tastes good – Meet the Polish Food”, which was organized by the Polish embassy in London in cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.