05 Feb 2016
EUROPEAN COMMISSION DAILY NEWS – 05 FEBRUARYBrussels Daily
Vice-President Kristalina Georgieva participates in Citizens’ Dialogue in Amsterdam on EU Budget
On Monday, 8 February, Vice-President Kristalina Georgieva will participate in a Citizens’ Dialogue in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, where she will engage in an open discussion with an audience of interested citizens on the EU Budget and other topics. The Citizens’ Dialogue will be chaired by radio host and DJ Eric Corton. While in the Netherlands, Vice-President Georgieva will also take part in the meeting with Chairpersons of the Conference of Parliamentary Committees for Union Affairs (COSAC) in The Hague. During the COSAC meeting, Vice-President Kristalina Georgieva will present the Work programme of the European Commission for 2016 in front of representatives of Member States’ national parliaments. The COSAC meeting is organised in the framework of the parliamentary dimension of the Dutch Presidency of the Council of the EU. For more information on the EU Budget focused on results initiative see the press material.
Commissioner Hogan in official visit to Colombia and Mexico with European agri-food producers
Phil Hogan, Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, will next week visit Colombia and Mexico accompanied by a business delegation of 34 companies and producers’ organisations from 14 EU Member States. This is the first of a series of visits as part of the diplomatic offensive launched by Commissioner Hogan last year to open up new markets for EU agri-food products. “I expect this visit to be intense and valuable in terms of opportunities”, said the Commissioner ahead of his journey. “The Colombian and Mexican markets are thriving and provide good potential for the dairy, pigmeat, fruits and vegetables, spirits and wine sectors. I look forward to building up on our existing trade agreements and showing that Europe is open to business, in particular for agri-food products. We are also committed to support the Colombia Peace Process and we are accompanying the Colombian authorities in developing rural areas and regain surfaces for farming.” Being the first Commissioner of the Juncker Commission to visit Colombia, and the first ever Commissioner in charge of Agriculture to do so, Commissioner Hogan will meet with the Colombian President, Juan Manuel Santos, on Monday 8 February as well as the Colombian Ministers for Trade and Agriculture. While in Colombia, he will also participate in high-level events on the promotion of European agri-food products, on sustainable development; and will visit in Cali the International Centre for Tropical Agriculture. Arriving in Mexico on 10 February, Commissioner Hogan will meet the Mexican Minister of Agriculture and Economy. Several visits to local producers are also planned. In addition to the Commissioner’s programme, the representatives in the business delegation will hold several business meetings on site. More information here
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