Director-General meets European Commission, FAO’s biggest partner
7 October 2013, Rome- Today, in Rome, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva met with the EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Dacian Cioloş who thanked the Director General, and the Organization, for hosting the second ministerial meeting on food prices, “this year coming at a time when food markets are much calmer”.
“The European Commision is an important partner not only because of the volume of our cooperation, but also because we share similar priorities”, said Graziano da Silva. With USD 2.4 billion of voluntary contributions since 2004, the EU Commission is FAO’s biggest partner as well as Europe’s focal point for policy dialogue on local and global agricultural development.
The Director General praised the European efforts in assisting development in Africa and brought forth the intention of collaborating to encourage commitment from Africa’s leaders to eradicate hunger. In this regard, the two institutions agreed in continuing their support for sustainable intensification of agriculture in the region.
Graziano da Silva also expressed his gratitude for the invitation to participate at the Conference on Family farming in Europe and the World, hosted on the 29 of November in Brussels. FAO caught this opportunity to organize a meeting with regional agricultural representatives, hosted by COPA-COGECA, aimed at assisting the policy dialogue of the EU Conference.
After meeting with the FAO Director-General, Cioloş participated in a joint press conference on the second ministerial meeting on food prices. The Commissioner said that Agricultural Market Information System (AMIS) had been successful in increasing market transparency and affirmed the EU’s commitment to support its improvement.
Cioloş also confirmed the European Commission’s support to the implementation of the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance tenure and added that food security and agriculture will be priorities in the upcoming EU budget cycle.