In accordance with the previously adopted schedule of meetings of joint working bodies established to monitor the fulfilment of obligations arising from the Stabilisation and Association Agreement between the EU and BiH, the fourth meeting of the EU-BiH Subcommittee on Agriculture and Fisheries was held today, 16 June 2020. 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: measures to support agriculture, export policy, and measures for rural development, 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, quality policy – protection of domestic geographical indications, preparation of a BiH strategy for fisheries and aquaculture – framework document, phytosanitary, veterinary, and food safety fields.
Concerning other topics covered by this subcommittee, such as: processed agricultural products, export of wine from BiH to the Republic of Croatia, fish and fish products, and development of bilateral trade relations in the agriculture and fisheries sectors, the information was presented in the previously prepared discussion paper, and answers to additional questions from the European Commission will be submitted by the end of June 2020.
The Subcommittee on Agriculture and Fisheries between the EU and BiH is one of the seven subcommittees established to monitor the implementation of the Stabilisation and Association Agreement between the EU and BiH, which entered into force on 1 June 2015.