In accordance with the previously adopted schedule of meetings of joint working bodies for monitoring the fulfilment of obligations arising from the Stabilisation and Association Agreement between the EU and BiH, the fifth meeting of the EU-BiH Subcommittee on Agriculture and Fisheries was held. The meeting was held via a videoconference.
On behalf of the institutions of the Republic of Srpska, the meeting was attended by representatives of the Ministry of European Integration and International Cooperation, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management and Republic of Srpska Statistics Institute.
Representatives of the competent institutions in BiH discussed with the representatives of the European Commission the progress achieved during the past year in fulfilling the obligations arising from the Stabilisation and Association Agreement between the EU and BiH in the following fields:
- Implementation of the BiH Strategic Plan for Rural Development 2018-2021 – framework document;
- Agricultural statistics and census;
- Law on Wine at BiH level, and harmonisation between the Republic of Srpska and FBiH laws;
- Law on Organic Production at BiH level;
- Establishment of a national system of reference laboratories needed for hygienic, veterinary and phytosanitary controls and for analysis of food and food products;
- Recent developments in food safety sector;
- Recent developments in veterinary sector in BiH;
- Problems regarding export of mushrooms at the border control station with the Republic of Croatia;
- Preparation and current state of BiH strategy for fisheries and aquaculture (Framework document);
- Up-to-date information on progress in fleet and resource management (including international commitments under the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean and cooperation through Adriamed).
Concerning other topics covered by this subcommittee, such as:
- Development of bilateral trade relations in the agriculture and fisheries sectors;
- Production and trade of agricultural products (primary production and agri-food sector);
- Measures to support agriculture, export policy, and measures for rural development;
- Protection of national geographical indications – next steps and harmonization of legislation country-wide;
- Agricultural Information Systems (AIS), consulting and service upgrades;
- Food safety in terms of compliance with hygiene requirements and adoption of HACCP/GMP;
- Control of the use of plant protection products;
- Follow up to audit and analysis in the field of health and food – audit missions of the General Directorate for Health, and
- Review of EU assistance, including TAIEX.
the information was presented in the previously prepared Discussion Paper, and answers to additional questions from the European Commission will be submitted at a later date.