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03.05.2010 14:08
PARLIAMENT, MINISTER, AGRICULTURE
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Committee Endorses Agriculture Minister Candidate

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Agriculture Committee endorses Dejan Zidan for agriculture minister.
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Ljubljana, 3 May (STA) - The parliamentary Agriculture Committee unanimously endorsed on Monday Prime Minister Borut Pahor's candidate for agriculture, forestry and food minister, Dejan Zidan. The final vote will be held at the National Assembly plenary on Wednesday.

Zidan told members of the committee that he would strive to finalise the strategy of development of Slovenian agriculture, cut red tape and improve the efficiency of public services in the field.

He also stressed the need to additionally boost phasing of the available EU funds, establish a system of mutual agricultural insurance and generic promotion of agricultural products.

In nominating him for the post, Pahor said that Zidan was very knowledgeable about the work of the ministry and has clearly defined goals. The nominee has said that work on an agriculture strategy for the 2014-2020 period would be his top priority.

The Agriculture, Forestry and Food Ministry has been led by Local Government and Regional Development Minister Henrik Gjerkes since 29 March.

Gjerkes stepped in after Pahor failed to find a feasible candidate to replace outgoing Milan Pogacnik, who resigned amidst corruption allegations on 10 March.

Zidan was originally expected to be named today, but the debate on the Slovenia-Croatia border arbitration treaty is expected to last well into the night so the confirmation vote was rescheduled for Wednesday.

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