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Signing the Action Plan for Cooperation under the Coordination Mechanism for the Cooperation in Forestry Between the People’s Republic of China and Central and Eastern European Countries

Ljubljana, 21 November 2016 – Today at 1 p.m. the Ambassador of the Republic of Bulgaria, Ivan Sirakov, and the Ambassador of Romania, Anton Niculescu, were at the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food to sign the Action Plan for Cooperation under the Coordination Mechanism for the Cooperation in Forestry Between the People’s Republic of China and Central and Eastern European Countries. State Secretary Marjan Podgoršek received the two ambassadors and was present at the signing.

 

At the time of signing, State Secretary Podgoršek expressed thanks for Bulgaria’s and Romania’s support for Slovenia on the occasion of its taking over the Mechanism for the Cooperation in Forestry. At the same time he expressed satisfaction over the constructive cooperation before representatives of the two countries within the mechanism so far. He also briefly informed his two partners in discussion about his vision of short-term work plans under the Coordination Mechanism.

 

In November 2015 the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food of the Republic of Slovenia and the State Forestry Administration of People's Republic of China signed a Memorandum on the Development of a Coordination Mechanism for Cooperation in Forestry between the People’s Republic of China and Central and Eastern European Countries. With signing the Memorandum, Slovenia officially took over the Mechanism for Cooperation in Forestry established within the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food of the Republic of Slovenia.

 

On 24 May 2016 the first high-level meeting on the Coordination Mechanism for the Cooperation in Forestry Between the People’s Republic of China and Central and Eastern European Countries was held at Brdo pri Kranju. Slovenia thus officially took over management of the Coordination Mechanism for the Cooperation in Forestry. Besides China and Slovenia, the countries participating in the Mechanism are the following: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Poland,  Romania, Serbia, and Slovakia.

 

The Action plan is focused on the following three areas of cooperation: 

1.Sustainable and multi-purpose forest management;

2.Information exchange, best practices and joint projects on forest research and the role of forestry, as well as the entire forestry-wood value chain;

3.Promotion of trade exchange in products, knowledge and technology in forestry, wood processing and green products and technology. 

 

 

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