TİM held the third of the European Union Europe Green Deal Awareness Meetings with the title of 'Agricultural Sectors'. At the meeting held online, industry experts informed the participants about the harmonization process.
The last of the 'TİM European Green Deal Awareness Meetings' was held on November 4, 2020, with the main title 'Agricultural Sectors' by Turkish Exporters Assembly (TİM). At the meeting, Hazelnuts and Products, Cereals, Pulses, Oil Seeds and Products, Fresh Fruits and Vegetables, Fruit and Vegetable Products, Dried Fruits and Products, Aquaculture and Animal Products, the Tobacco, Olive and Olive Oil, Ornamental Plants and Products, Furniture, Paper and Forest Products sectors' adaptation process to the European Green Deal was discussed by industry experts.
TİM Chairman İsmail Gülle, who gave the opening speech of the meeting, “All kinds of developments in the European Union, where we realize 50 percent of our total exports within the scope of the Customs Union, greatly affect our overall exports. For this reason, the European Green Deal is at the top of our agenda; Our series of awareness meetings with the contributions of our esteemed teachers and participants is the clearest indication of our importance to this issue” he said.
“EU to make Europe climate-neutral by 2050”
Talking about the targets of the European Green Deal in the field of agriculture, Gülle continued: “As part of its European Green Deal objectives, the European Union is designing a series of deep-transformative policies with its "European continent climate neutralization" goal by 2050. One of the focal points of the deal is the agricultural sectors. Among the key components of the European Green Deal is 'Farm to fork' fair, healthy, and environmentally friendly food systems. It is aimed to reduce the environmental impacts of food processing, transportation, storage, and packaging processes, to contribute to the circular economy by handling food waste, to end excessive fertilization in agriculture, to reduce pesticide use, and to prevent groundwater pollution. In addition, the Commission is exploring new ways to better inform consumers through digital means, including details such as where food comes from, its nutritional value, and environmental footprint. That is why we came together with the agricultural sector representatives. As you know, 10 of our 27 exporter sectors are our agricultural sectors. We are among the leading countries in the world in the export of agricultural products. Also, this year, our sectors, which have experienced an increase in exports again, were agricultural sectors. The competitiveness of our agricultural sectors, which are part of the Green Deal, is of great importance in the development of our exports. Our export companies have the necessary sensitivity about the importance of compliance with the Green Deal and I truly believe that our agricultural exporters will continue to increase their exports to the European Union in the coming period.”
“1 Trillion Euro sustainable investment will take action”
Stating that the European Green Deal does not only cover climate change, Gülle said, “The European Green Deal comes because of a policy that addresses all environmental issues, from biodiversity to waste and air pollution. With the European Green Deal, it is obvious that many sectors from agriculture to food, from automotive to mining will experience significant changes in production, marketing, and export processes. We consider it is very important that the EU Commission mobilizes a sustainable investment of 1 trillion Euros, especially in terms of Green Deal financing. In our two meetings, we organized for our 17 different exporters on October 26 and November 3, 20 thousand people interacted with all our social media platforms through our live broadcast. I sincerely believe that this meeting, which covers our 10 different agricultural sectors, has brought new horizons to our exporters.