Exposure Visit on Technical Working Group Meetings on Food Safety and Rural Development, 16 – 20 November 2015, Ireland

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The pourpose of this visit is to provide members of the SWG Technical Groups on Rural Development and Food Safety with first-hand exposure to the context, background, strategies and implementation practices of Ireland’s agri-food sector, especially in rural development and food safety.

The Objectives are:

o Understand the overall context of agriculture and food sectors in Ireland
o Examine how Ireland plans and implements strategy in relation to rural development
o Understand Ireland’s institutional and practical approaches to food safety management
o See how these approaches work on the ground through site visits
o Discuss opportunities for deeper co-operation either regionally or bilaterally to support SEE efforts to build capability and harmonize to EU legislation in these areas.