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Albania takes over the Presidency of SWG / Krifca: Farmer at the center of our policies

  • 11/17/2021 12:19 PM
Albania takes over the Presidency of SWG / Krifca: Farmer at the center of our policies

The 15th Meeting of Agriculture Ministers of South-Eastern Europe was held in Tirana, under the auspices of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. This meeting took place in the framework of taking over the Presidency of the SWG for 2022 from Albania.

The Ministers of Agriculture from the SEE countries emphasized their willingness to strengthen the cooperation between the countries, not only in the drafting of regional strategies, but also in the creation of appropriate administrative and financial mechanisms, to further develop the rural area.

In this context, they agreed on the indisputable importance of the common agricultural policy of the European Union (CAP), not only as a catalyst for development for EU countries, but also for Albania.

In her opening remarks, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Frida Krifca, introduced the ministers to Albania's objectives for the Presidency during 2022, emphasizing the latter's priorities such as the Green Agenda, Regional and European cooperation, cross-border cooperation, and the inclusion of young people and women in entrepreneurship.

Minister Krifca also stressed that IPARD funds have helped transform Albanian agriculture as a promoter of development, formalization and standardization in EU approximation.

Further, the discussion focused on the application of technology, assessing it as the future of agriculture and rural development in all countries.

Evaluating the positive results of the mandate of the Republic of Serbia in the presidency of this assembly, Krifca expressed the full will of Albania to further concretize the policies in favor of increasing regional trade and beyond.

/Klara Ruci/