The Polish Presidency of the Visegrad Group organised its third meeting of agriculture ministers in Krakow on May 16-17, which in addition to the Visegrad Four – the Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary and Slovakia – was also attended by Bulgaria, Romania and Slovenia (V4+3). The Ministry of Rural Development was represented by Minister of State for Agricultural Economy György Czerván.
The draft of the Ministry of Rural Development's Ecological Farming Action Plan has been completed and social debate on the draft is expected to begin in early June, the Ministry's Deputy State Secretary to Parliamentary, Social and International Relations told Hungarian news agency MTI.
"After the new Land Act comes into force on 1 May 2014, stricter conditions than previously will govern the acquisition of land ownership in Hungary", stated the Minister for Rural Development at a professional conference in Budapest.
"Parliament is expected to adopt the new Act on the trade of farmland during its spring session; the new law will undoubtedly lead to heated debate, but there will definitely be no change in its basic principles", said the Minister of Rural Development's Deputy State Secretary for Agricultural Economy on Monday in Zalaegerszeg.
The Budapest Water Summit will be held between October 8 and 11, and will be the most significant diplomatic event of the second half of the year in Hungary, the Foreign Ministry's Deputy State Secretary for European Union Sectoral Policy Gábor Baranyai told Hungarian news agency MTI on Tuesday.
The national TeSzedd! ("You Pick It!") litter collection drive will he held on September 14 this year, instead of in Spring as usual, announced the Minister of State for Environmental Affairs at the Ministry of Rural Development's Earth Day event held in Budapest's City Park.
A 5-day professional conference on the protection of National Parks and the more effective prevention and management of fires on their territory began today in Balatonöszöd with the participation of eight countries and the expert and financial backing of the United States.
It is Hungary's goal to produce high quality, GMO-free local soy, thus decreasing the country's dependence on exports, said Minster of State for Agricultural Economy György Czerván following a meeting with President of the Danube Soy Association Matthias Krön in the Ministry of Rural Development.
"Hungaricums are unique accomplishments related to the 1100-year history of the Hungarian nation within the Carpathian Basin; it is important that we become aware of them, protect them, and that they form part of our everyday lives", stressed Minister for Rural Development and Chairman of the Hungaricum Committee Sándor Fazekas at an event entitled "Hungaricums in Parliament" held on Saturday.
Hungary hasn't so far suitably exploited the opportunities inherent in ecological farming, said the Ministry of Rural Development's Deputy State Secretary Katalin Tóth at an agriculture conference in Gödöllő.