Brussels, 5 January 2017 – In 2016 MEP Franc Bogovič (SLS/EPP Group) further expanded on his cooperation with the European Landowners’ Organization (ELO), an organisation which shares his efforts for sustainable agricultural, rural and technological development, care for the environment and representing the interests of various stakeholders in agriculture and forestry.
Bogovič opened the Regional Forum for the Future of Agriculture (FFA), an ELO initiative, which took place in Ljubljana on December 2nd 2016. In his opening statements he spoke about the monumental challenges that face agriculture and humanity in the following decades. In his view the solutions lie in the sustainable intensification of agriculture; producing more with less while taking better care of the environment. For that we require new skills, local know-how, technologies, digitization and training for young and old farmers. The Forum was chaired by Janez Potočnik and it featured a range of high-level stakeholders from the agricultural field from Slovenia and Europe.
Bogovič also hosted the 2016 European Bee Award ceremony, which was held in the European Parliament in Brussels. ELO, together with European Agricultural Machinery Industry Association (CEMA) gave this year’s award to two projects for their contributions to pollinators’ wellbeing & bee-friendly farming practices. The recipients were the “B-line” project from Buglife and Germany’s BB Umwelttechnik “Double knife” mowing technology. Bogovič, who was also a member of the awards jury, underlined the growing importance of the Bee Award, stressing that “application numbers keep increasing year on-year. This shows there is a widely-shared commitment to protecting pollinators in European agriculture”.
You can read more about both events in the November-December 2016 issue of CountrySide, the bi-monthly magazine published by ELO: