Changes in names of Ministries of Agriculture in Germany and UK
Rencently, several changes in names of Ministries dealing with agriculture took place.
In Germany, the Bundesministerium für Ernährung, Landwirtschaft und Forsten (Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Forestry) is now called Bundesministerium für Verbraucherschutz, Ernährung und Landwirtschaft (Ministry for Consumer Protection, Food and Agriculture).
In United Kingdom, the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food is now called: Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
In Italy, the Ministero dell’Agricoltura e delle Foreste (Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry) was renamed several times from 1993 to 1999, and was called in 2000 Ministero delle Politiche Agricole e Forestali (Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry Policy). Plant Protection affairs are now under the responsibility of the Direzione Generale per la Qualita dei Prodotti Agroalimentari e la Tutela del Consumatore (General Direction of Food Quality and Consumer Protection).
Other changes have also been noticed in Austria and the Netherlands, where the Ministries are now respectively called Bundesministerium für Land- und Forstwirtschaft, Umwelt und Wasserwirtschaft (Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management); Ministerie van Landbouw, Natuurbeheer en Visserij (Ministry of Agriculture, Nature Management and Fisheries).
Will EPPO in future be protecting the consumer or managing the environment, or both ?
We await further changes in other EPPO countries.
EPPO Secretariat, 2001-06