Following the invitation of the Minister of Rural Development and Food, Lefteris Avgenakis, a delegation of EU counterparts will visit on Thursday, affected areas in Thessaly (in order Karditsa, Farsala, Larissa, Volos).
This is a continuation of the visit of the EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Fisheries, Janus Wojciechowski, which took place on 5 October.
The delegation consists of the Ministers’ counterparts: of Bulgaria, Kiril Vatev, of Cyprus, Petros Xenophontos, of Malta, Anton Refalo and the Deputy Minister of Slovenia, Eva Knez. The delegation also includes the Ambassadors of Spain, Carles Casajuana, of Croatia, Aleksandar Sunko, and of Malta, Joseph Cuschieri, as well as officials from the governments of countries that have sent delegations.
Tonight, Lefteris Avgenakis received in his office his Maltese counterpart, Anton Refalo and the Maltese Ambassador to Greece, Joseph Cuschieri. They discussed the fields in which there is a possibility of strengthening the cooperation of the two countries, with livestock breeding and fishing in the Mediterranean being at the center.
He then met with the Slovenian Deputy Minister, Eva Knez, with whom they mainly discussed the difficulties faced and faced by the two countries with a common denominator of the climate crisis as, corresponding to the bad weather Daniel, Slovenia faced, at the beginning of August, a severe wave bad weather with intense floods that caused destruction in a large part of the country. As in the case of Greece, Slovenia has requested support from the 2024 Agricultural Reserve.
At the meetings, views were exchanged on initiatives that the Mediterranean countries should develop together to create a permanent mechanism to deal with crises from severe weather phenomena, in the primary sector.