The meetings were centered on the improvement of economic cooperation and the recognizability of Croatian agricultural and food products on foreign markets, as well as on the priorities of the Croatian presidency over the Council.
Apart from being one of the biggest agricultural and food fairs in Europe, the Berlin fair is also politically significant, which is why a total of 72 ministers from numerous countries of the world participated in it this year. Minister of Agriculture Vučković and the Croatian delegation held a number of bilateral meetings with European ministers of agriculture, with the aim of increasing trade and improving economic cooperation, as well as the recognizability of Croatian agricultural and food products. The meetings were also an opportunity to introduce the priorities of the Croatian presidency over the Council of the EU, such as the importance of small family farms, the development of smart villages, as well as the adoption of a transitional regulation and a general approach in order to ensure the use of funds from the Rural Development Program until the adoption of the new Common Agricultural Policy.
The Croatian delegation, headed by minister Vučković, met with Minister of Environment and Agriculture of the Saarland Reinhold Jost, Minister of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality of the Kingdom of the Netherlands Carola Schouten, Minister for Rural Affairs and Consumer Protection of Baden-Württemberg Peter Hauk, Estonian Minister of Agriculture Mart Järvik, Austrian Minister of Agriculture Elisabeth Köstinger, Hungarian Minister of Agriculture Istvan Nagy, Finnish Minister of Agriculture Jari Leppä, Minister for Rural Affairs of the Kingdom of Sweden Jennie Nilsson, Minister of Agriculture and Forestry of the Republic of Turkey Bekir Pakdemirli and Bavarian Minister of Agriculture Michaela Kaniber. She also met with Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization Qu Dongyu and President of the German Farmers Association Joachim Rukwied.
Minister Vučković was also a featured speaker at the International Conference on African Swine Fever, also attended by commissioners of the European Commission, and at the Berlin Agriculture Ministers´ Conference, where she spoke on the problems regarding ensuring food safety for all and the observance of fair trade rules which would enable the provision of safe, varied and sustainable foodstuffs for the global population. The bilateral meetings were concluded with yesterday’s visit of German Minister of Agriculture Julia Klöckner, who congratulated Croatia on its successful presentation at the Berlin Green Week—which has had a record number of visitors this year—and thanked the Croatian delegation for it.