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Aleksandra Pivec assumes office at the Ministry of agriculture, forestry and food

Ljubljana, 14 September 2018 – Aleksandra Pivec today took over the office at the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food from the former Minister, Dejan Židan, President of the National Assembly. At the handover of documents, Ms Pivec said that she would carefully consider all the matters at hand: "I undertake to ensure that where things run smoothly they will continue to do so and that where there is room for improvement, we will work towards further development." Mr Židan wished the new Minister all the best in her work.

Handing over the office to the new Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Food, Aleksandra Pivec, the former Minister and current President of the National Assembly, Dejan Židan, highlighted that the areas of agriculture, rural development, forestry and fisheries are among the most difficult in the country: "There are many challenges in the areas covered by the Ministry. After the many years I have spent here, I note that we have made many steps forward, particularly with regard to improving the reputation and importance of locally produced food. We have also faced severe climate changes and managed to remedy the consequences successfully. It is my wish that the numerous administrative barriers in agriculture can be eliminated in the future. The excuse that everything is Brussels' fault will no longer be possible with regard to the new Common Agricultural Policy, as for the first time in history we will have an opportunity to decide on it ourselves." He congratulated the new Minister for the presentation she gave to the deputies and wished her every success in her work.

Ms Pivec thanked Mr Židan for his dedicated work and encouraging words and committed herself to careful consideration of all matters: "After examining the contents, I can say that I will support everything that is already established, as I believe that the work at the Ministry has been performed well in past terms. My priorities will be ensuring the supply of safe and locally produced food with known origin and proper relations throughout the food chain. Risk management will also be an important part of our work, as climate change is a factor on which we have no influence. I will also advocate for the reduction of administrative barriers. On Monday we will start with one of the most important tasks in my term of office: the preparations for the coming period of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). This is a very demanding task, as under the new scheme many obligations and powers are to be transferred to the Member States. Together with all stakeholders, we will develop our frameworks and our strategic policy so that goals and orientations will best serve us in, on the one hand, getting closer to the CAP that is being developed by the EU and, on the other, matching our specifics as much as possible, but above all in developing measures that will remedy mistakes and further development." In conclusion Ms Pivec said that she was aware of the complexity and importance of the sector she was taking over and undertook to apply all current knowledge to its development.

Mr Židan held the office of the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Food the first time from 2010 to 2011. From 2013 to 2014 he headed the Ministry of Agriculture and the Environment. He had held the office of the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Food again since 2014.

Yesterday, at its first regular session following the election in the National Assembly, the Government of the Republic of Slovenia appointed as State Secretaries Tanja Strniša and Jože Podgoršek.


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