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Planas meets with his Moroccan counterpart at the FAO Conference

Date: July 18, 2024 Time: 11:30:07

The Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food of Spain, Luis Planas, held a bilateral meeting today in Rome with his Moroccan counterpart, Mohamed Sadiki, with two weeks left before the expiration of the European Union (EU) fisheries agreement with the country African, next July 17.

Planas has indicated in statements to Efe that “the end of the protocol with the Kingdom of Morocco by the European Union” is one of the issues that his portfolio will address during the Spanish Presidency of the Council of the EU, which starts precisely this Saturday.

The bilateral meeting was organized in Rome, which is currently hosting the Conference of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and another parallel conference between ministers of the European Union and the African Union focused on food security . “It is an issue in which Spain is very interested, because geographically it is the closest country in the European Union to the African continent and there are phenomena such as migratory movements that are a consequence of all the problems in terms of food and climate change. “Planas pointed out.

Planas says that prices “have stabilized”

For the minister, the Spanish presidency begins in a “very complicated context”, since the war in Ukraine has led, in addition to energy, “cereals, oilseeds and fertilizers to maximum prices”. “Fortunately, those prices have stabilized, but we continue to be highly dependent, for example, on the continuation of the Black Sea export operation,” he explained.

Among the files that he intends to deal with at the European level, Planas also cited reducing the use of “highly harmful products” such as fertilizers, drawing conclusions on “new genetic editing techniques” in crops and “the issue of protected geographical indications ” of which Spain, France and Italy have the largest number. According to Planas, the three countries are “absolutely in tune” on this point, since they support reducing the bureaucratic burden in a new regulation, as long as it does not affect “the scope that these quality figures have obtained.”

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Puck Henry
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