Latvian and Swedish Ministers of Agriculture will discuss priorities of the Presidency
On Tuesday, December 2, Jānis Dūklavs, the Minister of Agriculture of Latvia, will meet Sven-Eric Bucht, Swedish Minister of Agriculture. During the meeting, it is planned to discuss priorities of Latvia’s Presidency of the EU Council in the first half of 2015. Latvia as the country, holding the Presidency of the EU Council, will focus on organic agriculture, veterinary and phytosanitary as well as fisheries matters.
Friendly ties between Latvia and Sweden have been established shortly after Latvia regained independence, several visits and official meetings of high-level officials were organized. The Ministries of Agriculture of both the States and their subordinate institutions have also implemented joint research projects and cooperation in matters of fisheries and aquaculture, breeding of field crops, food safety and animal health, agricultural, forestry and fisheries education.
The trade balance between Latvia and Sweden was negative, lately. Although in 2013, the value of Latvia’s exports of agricultural products to Sweden increased by 30.7%, also imports from Sweden, in a respective period of time, increased by 8.8%. In 2013, the value of agricultural goods exported from Latvia to Sweden amounted to EUR 38.3 million but imports of agricultural products from Sweden to Latvia constituted EUR 75 million.
The major products, which Latvia exported to Sweden, were meat and offal (particularly poultry), followed by cereals, meat and fish preparations (particularly fish fillets, shrimps). Prevailing products in imports from Sweden were fish, crustaceans, followed by animal fats and vegetable oil as well as fruits and nuts (particularly frozen fruits and nuts).
Whereas, in forestry, Latvia’s external trade balance with Sweden is positive and the cooperation is a long-term and stable. Sweden is the second major export market for Latvia’s forestry products after U.K.
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