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Estonia becomes presiding state of FAO European region

Juhan Tere, BC, Tallinn, 03.07.2012.Print version
Starting July till the end of the year 2012, Estonia is the presiding state of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) European region, LETA/Public Broadcasting reports.

The main aims of Estonia's presidency are harmonizing the management of the region, better coordination of positions and raising new agricultural topics that are of common interest in the region. Estonia is also the first presiding state that has compiled a more detailed schedule for the presidency, Estonian agriculture ministry said.


"It is important to reach a consensus on important issues so that the European region would be represented at FAO meetings in a more coordinated way and the position of the region as a whole was heard," said Estonia's representative to FAO Ruve Šank.


"We also wish to have more fundamental discussions, for example to find out what are the possibilities of the European region states and FAO to contribute to reducing the problem of food wasting," he added.


One proposal of Estonia is a pan-European rye project that is a chance for cooperation of Western and Eastern Europe with the aim of taking rye to the 2015 EXPO in Milan.


The FAO European region consists of 27 EU member states and 22 non-EU states.

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