Enhancing international cooperation in agriculture in the Mediterranean region
On the 20 of February 2017 the Euro-Mediterranean meeting “Enhancing international cooperation in the field of Mediterranean agriculture” was held in Bari (Italy) with the participation of Phil Hogan, EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, the Ministers of Agriculture Roderick Galdes (Malta), current President of the European Agriculture Ministers’ Council, Edmond Panariti (Albania); and the delegations of Italy, Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon.
As the European Commission is developing new programmes and partnerships in the areas of food and nutrition security, rural development, youth employment and migration issues, the meeting focused on the necessary enhancement of international cooperation in agriculture in the Mediterranean region.
Aimed at strengthening the current driving forces in terms of Euro-Mediterranean dialogue in the field of agricultural and rural development, the meeting started with a bilateral meeting between the Commissioner Phil Hogan and Cosimo Lacirignola, Secretary General of the CIHEAM during which the latter presented the CIHEAM Action Plan for the Mediterranean (CAPMED2025) endorsed during the Ministerial Conference in Tirana in 2016 and focusing on the prevention of root causes of rural and distress migration.
EU Commissioner Hogan underlined the similarities between the ambitions of the CAPMED2025 and the EU Agriculture Agenda 2020 and stressed the importance of work together to meet Euro Mediterranean challenges on agriculture and rural development. Issues such as food security, poverty alleviation, capacity building at institutional level, more efficient use of natural resources, improvement of agricultural production and productivity, promotion of organic farming, development of sustainable food systems, resilience to climate change and gender empowerment are priorities shared by both European Commission and CIHEAM, paving the way for new opportunities for collaboration in the Mediterranean.
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Speech of EU Commissioner Phil Hogan