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Slovenia Business Week no. 33/2004: EU Topics in Focus of Gornja Radgona Fair

The show will feature events, novelties and products from agriculture, the food-processing industry, wine making and agricultural machinery

Slovenia's EU accession will be in the focus of this year's traditional agriculture and food fair in Gornja Radgona. The show will feature events, novelties and products from agriculture, the food-processing industry, wine making and agricultural machinery.

The fair, which will see the participation of 1,410 exhibitors from 21 countries on a surface area of 55,000 square metres, will be opened by Prime Minister Anton Rop on 28 August.

The manager of the Pomurski sejem fair premises, Janez Erjavec, has promised that round table debates and lectures will be of interest to anyone involved in agriculture and the food processing industry, namely the relevant ministry, Chamber of Agriculture and Forestry, municipalities, insurance companies, associations and schools.

The EU topics addressed at the fair will include changes in the EU market regulations for sugar and the production of sugar beet, the development of rural areas in the light of the common agriculture policy, and the drawing of EU and national funds.

An international meeting of food-processing industry representatives will be just one of a total of 60 events on the programme.

Another will be a workshop on investment opportunities and good practice in agriculture, held by the Agriculture Ministry and the secretariat general of the Central European Initiative (CEI) on 2 and 3 September.

CEI agriculture ministers are also expected to visit the fair, Agriculture Ministry Secretary Marko Verbic told the press on Thursday, 19 August.

The fair will also feature a presentation of the German agriculture and food-processing industry, and presentations of Austria's provincial chambers from Styria and Carinthia, while new EU member states will put up information stands.

A number of quality certificates are to be doled out for best dairy and meat products, juices, wines and machinery. Also taking place during the fair, which will wrap up on 3 September, will be a handicrafts festival.

Source: Slovene Press Agency STA

Author: Branka Murn