Međuparlament The conference on the proposal for a new legal framework for the EU Common Agricultural Policy for the next programming period will take place on November 22 and 23 in the Croatian Parliament,February 2019 Calendar Template Printable the president of the Parliamentary Committee on Agriculture, Tomislav Panenic, and the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Agriculture, Tomislav Tolušić, announced on Monday.
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Among the hundred participants Interparliamentary representatives of the conference will be representatives of the European Commission and the European Parliament, said Tolušić and Panenič at a press conference before the session of the Parliamentary Committee on Agriculture.Panenic stressed that the issue of a common European agricultural policy is not a party but a national question on how best to win the position of the Republic of Croatia .
Ministar Tolusic said that it would very easily be possible for a common European policy to be adopted during Croatia’s presidency in the first half of 2020, which would surely give us some political weight. However, it will succeed until to talk about a common agricultural policy that will go in an even better and better way. He said that the conference will discuss four topics – of which the first adoption of national strategic plans, instead of the so far rural development programs, is proposed by the EC.
It will also be engaged in generational reconstruction, emphasizing the importance of the youth segment, especially in the field agriculture. “Croatia is relatively good on this issue, we have a slightly higher percentage of young farmers than the European average, but generational renewal must be a priority for the Ministry of Agriculture and the Government of the Republic of Croatia”, said Tolušić. He agreed that they want to allocate as much money as possible generational renewal for young farmers and remove existing administrative barriers.
As for local self-government and rural development, which will also be discussed at the conference, Tolušić pointed out that a good portion of the money withdrawn from European funds is devoted to the development of rural infrastructure, although it has room for improvements such as roads, water supply, sewage or the introduction of a high-speed Internet, which will persist.
It will also deal with research in agriculture and food safety and quality, he announced, adding that innovation can certainly contribute to higher production and better productivity, which Croatia needs. In preparation of this inter-parliamentary conference, which will cost about half a million kuna and be paid from the technical assistance funds of the Ministry of Agriculture, the Parliament’s Agriculture Committee met on Monday, while Tolusic also submitted a report from the Ministry of Agriculture on the meeting of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council, October 2018.
Minister Tolusic did not want to comment on media speculation on whether Milan Bandic’s party, given that the Parliament’s Club had grown up to ten members, became an increasingly powerful coalition partner, to February 2019 Calendar Template Printable participate in the government, saying that they did not talk about it, and added, if and when the time will be discussed. If former SDP Milanka Opačić Bandić is to be formed, his club in the Parliament will count as many as 11 MPs.