Jānis Dūklavs is of the same opinion as the Minister of Food and Agriculture of Germany: the new EU Common Agricultural Policy needs to be improved


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Wednesday, January 14, the Minister of Agriculture, Jānis Dūklavs, when meeting in Berlin the German Minister of Food and Agriculture, Christian Smith, informed on Latvia’s, as the presiding State of the European Council, priorities in agriculture, emphasizing the necessity to pay more attention to the development of organic agriculture and simplification of the EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). There were lots of hasty decisions made, regarding implementation of the recently adopted CAP reform, which will require further discussions at the EU Council of Ministers for Agriculture and Fisheries.


“We also discussed with the Minister of Food and Agriculture of Germany the further actions, concerning sanctions Russia introduced against agricultural products and food produced in the European Union. We agreed that it is also henceforth necessary to closely monitor the situation on the market, and to provide support, as far as possible, to those affected by the sanctions most of all, including Latvia’s farmers and food producers. To make it possible, exactly the support by Germany was particularly important for Latvia at the end of the last year when the Commission made the decision on granting the support to Baltic States,” emphasized the Minister of Agriculture, Jānis Dūklavs.


After meeting German colleague, the Minister Jānis Dūklavs answered questions of foreign journalist from Europe, North America and Asia for more than an hour. Representatives of foreign media were particularly interested in the objective set by Latvia, as the presiding State of the European Council, to achieve an agreement on changes of the regulation on organic agriculture as well as market monitoring and CAP simplification measures.


The Minister of Agriculture, Jānis Dūklavs met the Minister of Food and Agriculture of Germany on the eve of the opening of the International Exhibition for the Food Industry, Agriculture and Horticulture in Berlin “Green Week”. This year, Latvia is the partner State of “Green Week”. The exhibition “Green Week” in Berlin will be an excellent opportunity for Latvia to continue to acquaint the world with products produced in Latvia and recreation possibilities in rural areas.


Photo: the photograph by the Ministry of Agriculture – the Minister of Agriculture, Jānis Dūklavs is answering questions of foreign journalists.


Information prepared:
Dagnija Muceniece
Press and Public Relations Division, head
e-mail: Dagnija.Muceniece@zm.gov.lv


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