Informal ministerial meetings in Sweden

Informal Meeting of Agriculture and Fisheries Ministers

Agriculture and climate will be in focus when EU agriculture ministers meet in Växjö for an informal ministerial meeting.

Press invitation to informal meeting of agriculture and fisheries ministers in Växjö | Updated 10 ???month.09??? 10:09

Minister for Agriculture Eskil Erlandsson has invited his EU colleagues to an informal ministerial meeting, to be held in Växjö in southern Sweden. The meeting will begin on Sunday 13 September and last until Tuesday 15 September. Please note that accreditation via the website is compulsory if you intend to come to the meeting. Please follow the accreditation link.

Eskil Erlandsson on the informal ministerial meeting in Växjö on 13-15 September

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During the actual session, which will take place on Tuesday 15 September, the ministers will discuss how we can reduce the climate impact of agriculture and how agriculture can be adapted to a changed climate. Climate change is one of the greatest challenges facing the world and affects people, the environment and the economy as a whole. Since agriculture is one of the sectors most affected by climate change as well as being one of the keys to a sustainable future, this is an important and pressing subject for EU agriculture ministers to discuss in informal settings.

On Monday 14 September, the ministers will be informed about practical climate-related measures taken by the agriculture and forestry sectors in Sweden. The participants will visit two farms during the day. One is a typical Småland farm with organic milk production and many climate-smart features, and the other is a forestry farm, at which the importance of forests to the climate through carbon sequestration and the production of various biofuels will be displayed.

The informal ministerial meeting will begin on Sunday 13 September with some social and network-building activities. The ministers and their delegations will then have the opportunity to attend a performance of the Swedish Mounted Guard at Stortorget, where a Småland food market will also be set up. These activities are also open to residents of Växjö.

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13, 14, 15 September


  • Växjö Konserthus

    Växjö, Sweden

Ministry in charge

Ministry of Agriculture

Cabinet minister

Eskil Erlandsson


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The EU Presidency usually organises a number of informal ministerial meetings in the country holding the Presidency. No formal decisions are made at these meetings. The meetings instead offer an opportunity for the ministers to discuss current EU issues freely. One purpose is to provide an informal setting in which to solve problems and pave the way for decisions on difficult issues on the Council's ordinary agenda.

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