Latvian and Swedish Ministers of Agriculture discuss priorities of the Presidency in agriculture, forestry and fisheries
On Tuesday, December 2, Jānis Dūklavs, the Minister of Agriculture of Latvia, held a meeting with Sven-Eric Bucht, Swedish Minister of Agriculture. During the meeting, the Ministers discussed priorities of Latvia’s Presidency of the EU Council in the first half of 2015.
Jānis Dūklavs and experts of Latvian Ministry of Agriculture acquainted the Minister, Sven-Erik Bucht and Swedish colleagues with questions to be discussed at the level of the European Union, which Latvia have given priority to during its Presidency. In a number of questions, the opinion produced by Swedish experts corresponded to the plan, as Latvia sees the promotion of these questions during its Presidency, for example, regarding a sustainable management of forest and fish resources. Apart from this, both the Ministers and experts discussed topical veterinary, phytosanitary and organic agriculture issues
Until now, agricultural institutions of Latvia and Sweden have implemented joint research projects in matters of fisheries and aquaculture, breeding of field crops, food safety and animal health, agricultural, forestry and fisheries education.
In the last years, the trade balance between Latvia and Sweden was negative. In 2013, the total value of Latvia’s exports of agricultural products to Sweden amounted to EUR 38.3 million but imports of agricultural products from Sweden to Latvia constituted EUR 75 million.
Whereas, in forestry, Latvia’s external trade balance with Sweden is positive and the cooperation is a long-term and stable. Every year, Latvia is exporting to Sweden about 11% of the total volume of its forestry products, but imports of Swedish forestry products to Latvia constitute in average 7%. Sweden is the second major export market for Latvia’s forestry products after U.K.
Photograph from the archives of the Ministry of Agriculture: Swedish Minister of Agriculture, Sven-Erik Bucht and Latvian Minister of Agriculture, Jānis Dūklavs during the meeting.
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