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The three-day Kick-off meeting and a Press Conference of the project entitled “Sustainable Agricultural Trade Network in the Black Sea Basin” (AgriTradeNet) with a reference number BSB383, was successfully organized at the Grand Hotel Palace, Thessaloniki -Greece by the Traders’ Association of Thessaloniki at 28th to 30th of November 2018. The project is funded by the Black Sea Basin Joint Operational Program 2014-2020 under the priority 1.2 “Increasing cross-border links for trade and modernization in the agricultural and related sectors of the Black Sea Basin”. The main aim of the project is to enhance the agricultural producers’ extroversion and networking and had started officially at 02/08/2018 and will end at 01/11/2020.

In the specific project in which the lead partner is the Traders’ Association of Thessaloniki (Greece), are also involved the following partner organizations: Chamber of Commerce and Industry – Bourgas (Bulgaria), GALATI FOUNDATION FOR THE PROMOTION OF SMALL AND MEDIUM SIZED PRIVATE ENTERPRISES (Romania), Asociatia Obsteasca “Centrul de Consultanta in Afaceri” (Moldova), Demirkoy Municipality (Turkey), INSTITUTE OF MARKET PROBLEMS AND ECONOMIC & ECOLOGICAL RESEARCH National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine.

All the partners organizations’ were represented by 2 experts during the kick-off meeting and in the press conference had participated around 93 people, representatives from public and private sector in the region of Thessaloniki, Greece.
The main goal of the three-day event was the official opening of the project whose main objective is to increase the production capacity of local agricultural productions by providing them the support for elaboration of geographical identification and certification of their products as well as creating links between business organizations participating in this program.

At the same time, the project partners were informed about the actions and the plan of the project and discussed issues related to the timetable and the budget of the project, as well as the implementation reports to be prepared and sent to the Managing Authority (JMA and Ministry of Regional Development of Romania).At the same time, the project partners were informed about the actions and the plan of the project and discussed issues related to the timetable and the budget of the project, as well as the implementation reports to be prepared and sent to the Managing Authority (JMA and Ministry of Regional Development of Romania).

The official opening of the project and the press conference at 28 of November 2018 was attended by the Minister of Rural Development – Mr. Stavros Arachovitis, the President of the International Exhibition of Thessaloniki – Mr. Anastasios Tzikas, the President of KEDE-Mr. George Patoulis, the former Minister of Foreign Affairs – Mr. Dimitris MARDAS, Vice-Governor of Prefecture of Central Macedonia-Mr Alexandros Thanos , the General Director of the Market of the General Secretariat of Trade and Consumers of the Ministry of Economy and Development – Mr. Andreas Mourtsiadis and a large number of Representatives of the Bodies of Thessaloniki.The President of the Thessaloniki Traders’ Association stressed, among other things, how important are the project activities for the producers and traders of our partner countries in this project, while the Minister of Rural Development in his speech mentioned, among other things, that the branded Greek agricultural products can find a way out on international markets in a way that will bring added value to producers.
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Joint Operational Programme Black Sea Basin 2014-2020 is co-financed by the European Union through the European Neighbourhood Instrument and by the participating countries: Armenia, Bulgaria, Georgia, Greece, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Turkey and Ukraine.  This publication has been produced with the financial assistance of theEuropean Union. The contents of this publication are the sole responsibility of TRADERS’ ASSOCIATION OF THESSALONIKI (ESTH) and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Union. 

Last update: 17.12.2018