In January 2013, Helir-Valdor Seeder, the Minister of Agriculture, visited Saxony and met Frank Kupfer, the State Minister of the Environment and Agriculture, in Dresden.
The main aim of the visit was to find out more about the co-operative forms of milk processing and direct sales of agricultural products in Saxony. Agricultural marketing is a field where Estonian and Saxonian Ministries have had several co-operation projects including the Estonian participation in the European Farmers market in Plauen.
The two Ministers also exchanged views about the reform of CAP and found several similarities in their respective positions. An important issue of mutual interest was the damage caused to agriculture by wild animals. The Ministers agreed to take a common line on EU initiatives on this subject.
The Minister was accompanied by Mr Ruve Šank, Head of European Union and Foreign Affairs Department, Mr Kalle Liebert, Counsellor to the Minister, Mr Taavi Kand, Counsellor for the Trade and Agri-Food Department, and Mrs Kaja Tael, Estonian Ambassador to Germany. Several members of the Estonian Milk Association attended the meeting as well.
The delegation visited Heinrichsthaler dairy in Radeberg and the world’s most beautiful cheese shop, which is located in Dresden.
In May, the Ministers continued their conversation in Tallinn. Mr Seeder invited his colleague to visit the Estonian stand at the International Green Week 2014 in Berlin where Estonia will be the Partner Country.