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Director General  José Graziano da Silva

Talks with rural development working group in South Eastern Europe

Reform process in agriculture and rural development

4 May 2016, Antalya, Turkey — FAO Director-General met here today with Boban Ilik, Secretary General of the Regional Rural Development Standing Working Group in South Eastern Europe, on the margins of FAO’s 30th Regional Conference for Europe.

The two shared their views on an already excellent working relationship between FAO and the Standing Working Group, or SWG, and on support to SWG members in the reform process in agriculture and rural development.

They also explored possibilities for further collaboration in view of SWG’s good country presence, with FAO providing technical cooperation in line with further enhancement of its own country presence in the Balkans. Also discussed was support from the SWG on signature and implementation of the FAO Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing.