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10. 10. 2017

State Secretary Strniša at the session of the Inter-Ministerial Coordination Committee between Slovenia and Italy

Brdo pri Kranju, 10 October 2017 – State Secretary mag. Tanja Strniša attended the session of the Inter-Ministerial Coordination Committee between the Republic of Slovenia and the Italian Republic. At the bilateral meeting, Strniša and the Italian State Secretary, Giuseppe Castiglione, discussed the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), the declaration of World Bee Day, cross-border cooperation and cooperation on fisheries. The state secretaries said that cooperation between the countries in the field of agriculture and fisheries was excellent.

Discussions about the CAP after 2020 have been ongoing in both countries; talks with stakeholders have been held and preliminary positions had been formed. Regarding the latter, both sides share the same views about the future of the CAP, which must adjust to climate change, contribute to the conservation of biodiversity and water protection, preserve agriculture in areas with difficult conditions, help maintain small producers, enable generational renewal and ensure safe food. A strong CAP must also be supported with suitable financial resources.

 

The discussion partners agreed that reducing funds for the CAP was unacceptable. They also confirmed that direct payments form a foundation, but could not be determined solely on the basis of area sizes, but must also include other criteria. Neither side supports co-financing of direct payments from Member States.

 

At the meeting, the state secretaries provided two key proposals, i.e. an organisation of a joint workshop or a round table whose main topic would be managing risks connected with climate change and market sensitivity. The Italian side was also prepared to present positive practices in connecting wine and fruit producers in producer organisations.

State Secretary Strniša asked her counterpart to pass on an invitation to the Italian Minister asking Italy to join the signing of the resolution to declare World Bee Day in December 2017 at the General Assembly of the United Nations and thus assume the status of co-sponsor. The Italian State Secretary promised to forward the invitation and highlighted that bee-keeping was also exceptionally important for Italian agriculture and the country in general.

 

The bilateral discussion also included talks about cross-border cooperation between both countries. Cooperation within the Adriatic and Ionian Region, currently presided by Italy, was assessed as positive. A round table will be held in the future on the topic of blue growth. Cooperation on projects including the regions of the Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Venice and Slovenia is important from several aspects, including sustainable agritourism, rural development and the preservation of natural and cultural heritage.

 

The signing of the joint protocol on cooperation of inspection services in the field of fisheries and joint efforts in combating illegal fishing has produced good results. Cooperation in this field is important for both countries. The Italian side emphasised that the issues regarding fisheries management in the Northern Adriatic require the cooperation of Slovenia, Italy and also Croatia. Furthermore, cooperation through the General Fisheries Council for the Mediterranean (GFCM) (i.e. an international regional organisation for fisheries management in the Mediterranean, which operates within the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO)) and cooperation in the field of research and data collection on fisheries (the Adriamed regional project, which also operates within the FAO) are also of great importance in this context.

 

 

There was also discussion about the possibility of renewing the agreement on an inter-regional (Friuli-Venezia Giulia and Veneto) protected designation of wine, “Prosecco DOC”, which is important for Slovenians living in Italy. The respective ministries will remain in contact regarding this issue and discussions will continue. They will also examine the possibilities of helping the development of agriculture on the Karst Edge on the Italian side.