Agriculture MEPs to visit the Netherlands 

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A delegation from the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development, led by Mr. Norbert Lins (EPP, DE), will visit the Netherlands on 15 - 17 May.

During the mission, the MEPs will meet with Mr Piet Adema, Minister of Agriculture of the Netherlands and stakeholders representing the horticulture sector. The delegation will also discuss breeding techniques, ecological farming, water management, nutrients and recent farmers’ protests in the Netherlands with farmers, vegetable breeders and fruit growers.

Ahead of the mission Mr. Norbert Lins, Chair of the Agriculture Committee, said: “Encouraged by tradition and fostered by innovation, the Netherlands have always been an agricultural stronghold in Europe. I am looking forward to the AGRI Mission to the Netherlands and to learn more about the Dutch state of the art technologies in agriculture. I am aware of the various current challenges Dutch farmers and food producers are facing. It will be especially interesting for me to hear their voices and see how they adapt to these challenges.”

Mr Lins will be joined by 4 other MEPs: Daniela Rondinelli (S&D, IT), Jan Huitema (Renew, NL), Annie Schreijer-Pierik (EPP, NL), Bert-Jan Ruissen (ECR, NL).

A press briefing will take place on Wednesday 17 May at 12.30 at Korte Vijverberg 5 (Huis van Europa), the Hague. The briefing will be in English and a light sandwich lunch will be served for journalists participating in person. Journalists wishing to follow the briefing and/or put their question online, can do so via this WebEx link. Journalists wishing to attend/join online or having other media enquiries can contact the European Parliament Press Officer in the Hague Willemijn DE JONG:, tel. +31 6 1294 0913.