Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,
members of the competent working bodies for agriculture and rural development, representatives of institutions and associations,
The proposal for a new legislative framework of the Common Agricultural Policy for the next programming period, under which the European Commission is leading the transition to a more sustainable agriculture for one of the oldest EU policies – agricultural policy, is aimed at strengthening the agricultural sector’s resilience, supporting farmers’ income and sustainability, fulfilling the role of agriculture in environmental and climate challenges, reducing administrative burden, generational renewal and stronger use of innovation in agriculture, as well as ensuring the vitality of rural areas and the development of rural areas and communities.
What are the benefits of greater flexibility in the selection of measures to meet the goals of agricultural policy? How to efficiently manage the issues related to agriculture in member states with strategic plans? How to strengthen the resilience of agricultural producers and of the agricultural sector? What is the link between the proposal for a legislative framework and food safety and quality? How will the proposal affect the vitality of rural areas and communities? How are measures to stop the depopulation of rural areas designed? Issues that, together with other topics related to the proposal of the new legislative framework, need to be discussed.
To that end, the Agriculture Committee of the Croatian Parliament and the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Croatia launched the organization of a conference that will present representatives of the competent bodies of national parliaments of EU Member States, the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development of the European Parliament, the European Commission, the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Croatia and the competent sectorial associations with an opportunity to exchange their views and opinions and make an additional contribution to the debate and creating of a framework of the Union’s Common Agricultural Policy for the forthcoming programming period.
The added value of the conference lies in intensifying the interparliamentary cooperation between EU Member States and encouraging discussions and exchange of views both among the competent working bodies of national parliaments and with the legislators and professional associations.
I look forward to your arrival in Zagreb and your participating in the conference. I am convinced that the discussion between the representatives of the legislature and the executive and the representatives of professional associations will contribute to the process of adopting the legislative framework of the Common Agricultural Policy for the forthcoming programming period.
Chairman of the Agriculture Committee