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The objective of the conference is to provide a comprehensive overview of the enlargement process. In particular, it will:

  • describe the negotiations and challenges in the area of agriculture and rural development,
  • cover the perspectives of agricultural markets in an enlarged EU,
  • describe financial assistance (in particular IPARD) addressed to Turkey and the Western Balkans,
  • refer to the experiences gained from the past enlargement round.


The conference will:

  • provide updated information and guidance to stakeholders,
  • raise the awareness about agriculture and enlargement and
  • provide a platform for dialogue between the Commission and future counterparts.


The conference will bring together leading representatives from the following sectors:

  • agricultural NGO's,
  • co-operatives,
  • industries,
  • consumer groups,
  • environmental groups,
  • universities and media,
  • government representatives.


The conference will build upon positive experiences from past events organised by the Commission's Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development (2002 Riga and Prague; 2004 Sofia).

Targeted countries will be candidate countries, potential candidate countries and Kosovo (under UNSCR 1244).

The Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Mariann Fischer Boel will open this event jointly with the Croatian Prime Minister Ivo Sanader.

The languages of the conference will be English and Croatian.

Participation to the conference is on invitation only.


PROGRAMME OF THE CONFERENCE [pdf]

 

PROCEEDINGS OF THE CONFERENCE

Friday, 12 June

Welcome by Ivo Sanader, Prime Minister of Croatia [photo]

"Getting on board the EU train", opening speech by Mariann Fischer Boel, Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development [photo]

"The Enlargement Process", Henrik Bendixen, Deputy Head of Unit "Croatia", Directorate General for Enlargement, European Commission
"The Common Agricultural Policy - moving with the times", Flavio Coturni, Head of Unit "Agricultural trade policy analysis", Directorate General for Agriculture and Rural Development, European Commission [pdf] [photo]
"Diversity of the CAP – A policy serving many countries", Neil Parish, Member of the European Parliament [photo]
"Financial management and control of CAP spending", Susanne Nikolajsen, Head of Unit "Financial management of the EAGF" [pdf] [photo], and Michael Niejahr, Head of Unit "Coordination of horizontal questions concerning the clearance of accounts" [pdf] [photo], Directorate General for Agriculture and Rural Development, European Commission
"Perspectives for agricultural markets in the enlarged EU", Pierre Bascou, Head of Unit "Economic analysis of EU agriculture", Directorate General for Agriculture and Rural Development, European Commission [pdf] [photo]
"Pre-accession support to the agricultural sector - IPARD", Werner Schiessl, Directorate General for Agriculture and Rural Development, European Commission [pdf] [photo]
"Community measures for the development of its rural areas", Michael Pielke, Deputy Head of Unit "Consistency of rural development", Directorate General for Agriculture and Rural Development, European Commission [pdf] [photo]


Saturday, 13 June

"Key issues in the agricultural enlargement negotiations", Dušan Chrenek, Head of Unit "Enlargement", Directorate General for Agriculture and Rural Development, European Commission [pdf] [photo]
"CAP Direct payments", József Ivan, Directorate General for Agriculture and Rural Development, European Commission [pdf]
"Experiences from a new Member State - negotiations", Iskra Valcheva, Minister Plenipotentiary, Head of Unit "Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Safety", Permanent Representation of Bulgaria to the EU [pdf] [photo]
"Experiences from a new Member State - policy changes", László Vajda, Director General of EU Coordination and International Affairs, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Hungary [pdf] [photo]
Closing statements by:

Josip Kraljickowić, State Secretary [photo], on behalf of Božidar Pankretić, Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Development, Croatia

Jerzy Plewa, Deputy Director-General, DG Agriculture and Rural Development, European Commission [photo]





 

 

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