The Visegrad Group +3 Session

Wednesday, 26 October 2016 r.

Today, in the Crystal Hall of the Warsaw University of Life Sciences – SGGW a meeting of Ministers of Agriculture of the Visegrad Group countries – Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary and Bulgaria, Romania and Slovenia – was held.

Photo: Ministers of Agriculture of the Visegrad Group countries and Bulgaria, Romania and Slovenia

Photo: Ministers of Agriculture of the Visegrad Group countries and Bulgaria, Romania and Slovenia

- Due to the commitment of all parties, as well as the experts, we were able to agree upon the important documents. The meeting showed that there is still hope that the extended Visegrad Group take a greater part in the decisions which are taken within the European Union - Minister Jurgiel highlighted after the discussion.

During today’s meeting, opinions on the mid-term review of the multiannual financial framework for 2014-2020 in the context of the CAP as well as the future of this policy after 2020. There was also a preliminary discussion on the proposals for the simplification of the CAP included in the “Omnibus” regulation.

The Ministers also exchanged opinions on the so-called hygiene package. Minister Krzysztof Jurgiel disclosed information on the epizootic situation in Poland as regards the ASF. During the discussion also the issue of agricultural property trade was addressed and the views on the issue of sugar and cereals market mechanisms were exchanged.

At the conclusion of the meeting, in the presence of journalists, the Ministers signed the joint declaration concerning the stronger contribution of research potential of Central and Eastern European Countries (UE-13) in the accomplishment of projects within the Horizon 2020 programme as regards agriculture, including the bio-economy.

Among the guests of the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Krzysztof Jurgiel were:

- Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development of the Slovak Republic – Gabriela Matečná,

- Minister of Agriculture of Hungary – Sándor Fazekas,

- Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Food of the Czech Republic – Jiří Šír,

- Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Food of Bulgaria – Vassil Groudev,

- Secretary of State in the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food of the Republic of Slovenia – Tanja Striša,

- Secretary of State in the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of Romania – Teodor Mihalcea.

Minister Gabriela Matečná said that, as regards the CAP, common position and actions aimed at its simplification are necessary. – It is also very important that the agricultural land serves the active farmers – she added, while informing that Slovakia advocates that the intervention price on the cereals market reflected the actual costs of production.

Czech Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Food Jiří Šír pointed out the example of the abolition of milk quotas which, in his opinion, should be a lesson when making decisions on the sugar market.

- I thank Minister Jurgiel for the selection of the most current topics which are being discussed in the European Union – added the Czech minister, while pointing out that he sees a great potential of the extended Visegrad Group countries in the field of research under the Horizon 2020 programme.

- As regards the sale of agricultural land, we should be flexible, each country, however, should prevent speculative sale of the land – stressed the Slovenian Secretary of State Tanja Striša. At the same time, she expressed her support for Polish efforts aimed at obtaining the EU funds for the fight against the ASF virus.

However, The Hungarian Minster of Agriculture Sándor Fazekas pointed out the review of the financial framework and said that financing other UE issues from the funds aimed at the implementation of the Common Agricultural Policy should be prevented. Minister Fazekas underlined also the great agreement between the participants of today’s meeting on all issues covered by the agenda.

We support Poland’s efforts in the area of the fight against the ASF virus – said Romanian Secretary of State Teodor Mihalcea.

The representative of Bulgaria, Deputy Minister Vassil Groudev, while congratulating for the organization as well as the choice of topics, pointed out that – the Common Agricultural Policy must be continued, it must be strong and have the appropriate financial resources, but at the same time, it must be simplified.

- We adapted a joint declaration and we came to joint conclusions – said Minister Krzysztof Jurgiel, the host of today’s meeting.

- We all believe that the analysis and assessment of the agricultural land market in the European Union are necessary – emphasised the Polish Minister, who also informed that the decision to establish a working group of the countries of the Visegrad Group countries and Bulgaria, Romania and Slovenia has already been made. 

Materials:

Odnośnik otwierany w nowym oknie Joint declaration (.pdf 84.3 kB)  

Odnośnik otwierany w nowym oknie Conclusions of the meeting (.pdf 131.13 kB)  

Odnośnik otwierany w nowym oknie Document of the Polish presidency in the Visegrad Group on the EU common agricultural policy (CAP) in the context of the review of the multiannual UE financial framework for 2014-2020 (MFF) and proposals for the simplification of the CAP included in the “Omnibus” regulation (.pdf 274.23 kB)