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Minister Židan in a Slovenian-Italian Coordination Committee

Rome, 27th May 2014 – Minister of Agriculture and the Environment Dejan Židan is attending a fifth session of the Slovenian and Italian Ministerial Coordination Committee where he took part in a tripartite meeting with his Italian counterparts responsible for agriculture and the environment. The tripartite discussions were followed by a plenary session and signing of a joint declaration.

Italian delegation briefed the Slovenian one with priorities of the Italian presidency in the field of the environment: climate change and energy, green growth with an emphasis on the development of new workplaces, GMOs, packaging and air quality. Delegations recognized the similarity of their viewpoints and agreed to collaborate within the activities of the Italian Council presidency in the second half of 2014. Both sides exchanged information regarding Žavlje gas terminal, Krško nuclear power plant and nuclear safety measures, and Koper-Divača railway. They discussed also the common standpoint on the directive regarding condition for seabed bores.

In the field of agriculture Minister Židan stressed the signed agreement on interregional geographic protection of Prosecco DOC wine and the inclusion of Tržaški breg into the 2014 National Irrigation Plan which would mean the Agreement obligations would start being carried out. Discussions revolved also around organic food dishes preparation and school fruit and milk scheme, new phytosanitary rules, and cooperation in the field of North Adriatic sources protection.

Delegations agreed also on the collaboration in the common EU Adriatic-Ionian Strategy. Ministers discussed the Slovenian participation in EXPO 2015 in Milan. Its main theme is food with the slogan “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life”; Slovenia is going to present its great and diverse natural treasures.

The meeting took place for the fifth time. Ministerial Coordination Committee was established in 2007 and met for the first time a year after that.


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