Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković opened the Green Week in Berlin, the leading ten-day international agricultural event, whose partner country in this year is none other than Croatia. At the opening ceremony, Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković spoke before more than 3000 guests from all over the world. The fair officially began the following day, 17 January 2020, with a tour of the Croatian hall by the Croatian and German delegation headed by Prime Minister Plenković and Minister of Agriculture Vučković.
The opening ceremony of the 85th Green Week, held at Berlin’s City Cube, was attended by numerous high officials from Croatia and the world, while Croatia was represented by the world-famous tenor Đani Stipaničev, the renowned stage actress and singer Renata Sabljak and the young dance and vocal group “Folklorelektro”. Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković stated on the occasion: “Croatia is being positioned as a proiminent partner and participant with regard to all the major issues at the EU level, and we are particularly glad that this is also the case with agriculture. As you know, after only seven years as an EU Member State, Croatia has been given the task, the honor and the responsibility of presiding over the Council of the European Union. We feel the same way with respect to our role as the partner country of the Green Week – we are where we should be, sharing common values and goals.”
The next day, the partnership between the two countries in the organization of this agricultural event and the opening of the fair were symbolically celebrated in the Croatian hall with the presentation of an eighty-year-old olive tree to the city of Berlin on behalf of Croatia – the partner country. The presentation ceremony was attended by German Minister of Agriculture Julia Klöckner. The olive tree was personally presented by Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković, who proceeded to visit the Croatian exhibitors, accompanied by the organizer of Croatia’s participation at the Green Week, Minister of Agriculture Marija Vučković, and the President of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, Luka Burilović.
On the occasion, Minister of Agriculture Marija Vučković pointed out: “This is one of the biggest global agricultural events, under whose spotlight Croatia will present its qualities to more than 60 countries of the world, including its rich tradition of the production and preparation of various agricultural and food products, all of which are of extraordinary quality and produced in a traditional manner. Although it is the youngest member state of the European Union, Croatia has 24 agricultural and food products whose names are protected by an EU designation of origin or geographical indication.”
During the fair, in hall 10.2., Croatia will be represented by some fifty exhibitors, big and small agricultural and food companies and family farms. Visitors to the fair will have a unique opportunity to enjoy the distinctive Croatian traditional dishes prepared from Croatian foodstuffs by Croatian chefs in the Croatian national restaurant in Berlin. “We currently export agricultural products in the value of 2 billion euro, and we can—and should—do a lot better. The Green Week is an excellent platform for increasing this number. Since the fair will be visited by more than half a million people from all over the world, we want to show to all of them that our tourist attractions are also accompanied by high-quality gastronomy and that our agriculture has both a long tradition and a great potential.”, Luka Burilović, President of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, pointed out.