The German Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture in the official visit to the Western Balkans and the Republic of Moldova

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The Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture, Mr. Cem Özdemir, in the official visit to the Western Balkans and the Republic of Moldova in a period 2-6 October.

“The talks, which are taking place within the framework of the Berlin Process, will focus on bringing WB countries closer to the European Union and intensifying regional agricultural cooperation. “We are very pleased about the successful cooperation with the SWG in the framework of the Agricultural Policy Dialogue”. “It is particularly important to me to announce that we will have an Attaché for Food and Agriculture at the German Embassy in Skopje, Mr Frank Müller. He will be in charge of our policy in all Western Balkan countries, while working closely with the SWG stated Federal Minister, Cem Özdemir.

In the scope of the official visit to the Western Balkans, Bilateral meeting organized between Minister of Agriculture, Forestry & Water Economy of the Republic of North Macedonia, Mr. Ljupcho Nikolovski and Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture, Mr. Cem Özdemir. Hosted by the Minister Ljupcho Nikolovski, German Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture and Her Excellency, Ambassador Ms. Petra Drexler, participated at the first academic class of the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences and Food. As well they visited the family farm “Aja Farm” in Bogovinje with presentation of Macedonian products like goat cheese and kaslaval, goat milk, majun, jam, honey, Prespa apples, Macedonian ajvar were only a small part of the rich table.

Mr. Boban ilic, SWG Secretary General host the German Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture Mr. Cem Özdemir at the SWG Head Office/Secretariat in Skopje, North Macedonia. Main discussion was focused on the advancement of collaboration between SWG and BMEL, particularly through APD Germany – Western Balkans, as a potent instrument for enhancing technical and political cooperation within the Balkan region with possibilities for support inclusion of new member countries in SEE like Moldova (potentially Georgia and Ukraine).

In his official visit to Kosovo* German Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture stated that Germany and Kosovo* have long been trusting partners – especially in the field of agriculture. By adopting the Green Agenda for the Western Balkans, Kosovo* has made a pledge to press ahead, in line with the EU Green Deal, with the transition to a modern, CO2-neutral, climate-resilient and resource-efficient economy. Hosted by the Kosovo* Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Development Mr. Faton Peci, official visits were conducted to the Wineries in Orahovac, Women Cooperative Krusha and bilateral meeting was held in Pristina.

Agrifood Partnership Platform was organized by the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industry of Moldova in Chisinau, Republic of Moldova. The aim of the event was bridging Moldovan agrifood sector to EU policy and market requirements and adoption of the Joint Partnership Declaration towards supporting Moldovan agriculture.