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Invitation to the 45rd Annual Cooperatives Congress in Portorož, 13th and 14th March 2018

Dear Sir/ Madam,

The most important event for Slovenian cooperatives is the Annual Cooperatives Congress which is organised by the Cooperative Union of Slovenia. It will take place in Portorož on the 13th and 14th of March 2018 in the Congress centre Grand Hotel Bernardin, Emerald Hall, Portorož, at the Adriatic seaside. This is our 45th annual congress, where we would like to represent our work and guidelines for the future of cooperatives and the agriculture sector.

The main topic of this year's conference will be the future of the Slovenian agriculture and cooperatives after 2020. Miro Cerar, Ph.d., Prime Minister of the Republic of Slovenia, Alojz Kovšca, President of the State Council of the Republic of Slovenia and Dejan Židan, M.Sc., Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Food will also be present at the event.

The annual Congress is intended for the presidents and members of co-operative boards, managers and other leading personal in co-operatives, the management personnel of food processing industry, representatives of state and municipal bodies or agencies, agricultural advisors and others.

We kindly ask you to inform us about your participation on the conference on our e-mail info@zzs.si or phone 00386 1 2441 360. The translation in English language is provided for the first day of the conference.

The Congress is an opportunity for meeting us and for exchange of information about the development of agricultural cooperation in Slovenia.

If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Yours sincerely,

Chairman of Co-operative Union Slovenia
Peter Vrisk

Tuesday, 13th of March 2018

9.30 – 10.00 Arrival and Registration of participants
10.00 – 10.10 Opening speech
Mr. Peter Vrisk, president of Cooperative Union of Slovenia
10.10 – 11.00 Welcome speech of the guests
Dr. Miro Cerar, Prime minister of the Republic of Slovenia
Mr. Alojz Kovšca, President of the National Council of the Republic of Slovenia
M. SC. Dejan Židan, Minister, Ministry of agriculture, forestry and food of Republic of Slovenia
11.00 – 11.15 Coffee break
11.15 – 12.00 Communication on the Common Agricultural Policy post-2020 »The future of food and farming«
Ms. Branka Tome, Deputy Head of Unit Geographical Indications DG Agriculture and Rural Development
12.00 – 12.45 The future of European cooperatives after 2020
Mr. Paulo Gouveia, Chief Policy Advisor COPA COGECA for the Common Agricultural Policy and Cooperative affairs
12.45 – 13.00 Discussion
13.00 – 15.00 Lunch break
15.00 – 16.00 Presentation of legislation and measures of agricultural policy and the Rural Development Program 2014-2020
M. SC. Tanja Strniša, state secretary, Ministry of agriculture, forestry and food of Republic of Slovenia
16.00 – 16.30 Views of rural youth on the future of agriculture after 2020
Ms. Doris Letina, head of the group for young farmers and agricultural policy of Slovenian Rural Youth Association
16.30 – 17.30 The Slovenian view and dilemmas of the Common Agricultural Policy after 2020
Ph.D. Emil Erjavec, Biotechnical Faculty, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
17.30 – 18.00 Discussion and conclusions of the first day of the Congress Presentation of cooperatives of Južno Primorska in Notranjska regions and Pivka Perutninarstvo, d.d.
20.00 Gala dinner with music group Oj and Irena Vrčkovnik


Wednesday, 14th of March 2018

9.30 – 10.15 State of Slovenian agriculture and agricultural markets
Mrs. Marjeta Pintar, Agricultural Institute of Slovenia
10.15 – 11.00 What are the challenges of the Slovenian food processing industry after 2020?
Ph.D. Aleš Kuhar, Biotechnical Faculty, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
11.00 – 11.30 Brunch, courtesy of Deželna banka Slovenije and Semenarna Ljubljana
11.30 - 13.00 Round Table “Participation in the food chain from farmer to consumer”
Mr. Tomislav Čizmić, Chairman of the Board Poslovnega sistema Mercator, d. d.
Ms. Nika Kremić, Nutrition expert from Consumers' Association of Slovenia
Ms. Anka Lipušček Miklavič, President of of Chamber of Agriculture and Food Companies at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia Mr. Mitja Vodnjov, Director of cooperative Kmetijsko gozdarske zadruge Škofja Loka
Mr. Peter Vrisk, President of Cooperative union of Slovenia
Round table leads journalist Marjeta Šoštarič
13.00 – 13.30 Discussion
14.00 Conclusions of the Congress