Improving food safety standards to access export markets as well as devising and adopting national plans for fisheries and aquaculture were among the conclusions of a workshop organised by Eurofish, FAO, and the Serbian Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Water Management in Belgrade on 19 to 21 June. Titled WTO, Market Access and Fish Trade, the workshop was addressed at government officials and the private sector in Central and Eastern European countries, the Balkans, and the Caucasus and was intended as a step towards more inclusive, efficient, and sustainable production and trade.
In addition to a number of technical presentations by representatives from the FAO, WTO, Eurofish, UNCTAD, and DG MARE the meeting featured country presentations from 10 countries in the region. These described the legal framework, fisheries and aquaculture production, trade, among other aspects and many also included a SWOT analysis of the sector. The workshop concluded with a breakout session for the country representatives that was led by Victoria Chomo, Senior Fisheries and Aquaculture Officer, FAO Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia. Here, the SWOT analyses were condensed into a series of recommendations which the representatives can take back to their governments for action.
The October edition of the Eurofish Magazine will feature a detailed review of the workshop.