A common vision
Donau Soja enjoys broad support from the policy community: 15 European governments signed the Donau Soja Declaration between 2013 and 2015.
Governments recognise the need for added value in the Danube region, and the importance of strengthening an independent European protein supply.
The Europe Soya Declaration was signed in January 2018. It aims to boost European soya bean cultivation as a step towards reaching the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Switzerland joined in January 2019, bringing the total number of countries supporting the Europe Soya Declaration to 19.
24 MINISTERS OF AGRICULTURE IN EUROPE SIGNED THE DONAU SOJA DECLARATION OR THE EUROPE SOYA DECLARATION
DONAU SOJA DECLARATION
Ukraine, Croatia, Serbia, Switzerland, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Republika Srpska, Hungary, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Slovakia, Romania, Poland, Moldova, Germany, and Austria cooperate in the Donau Soja programme in order to bolster the value chain in the Danube region and create an independent European protein supply. The aim is to promote soya cultivation as part of sustainable crop rotation.
Ukraine, Deputy Minister Vladislava Rutytska
Slovakia, State Secretary Magdaléna Lacko-Bartošová
Moldova, Minister Vasile Bumacov
Poland, Minister Stanisław Kalemba
Bulgaria, Deputy Minister Byurhan Abazov
Romania, State Secretary Achim Irimescu
Croatia, Minister Tihomir Jakovina
Austria, Federal Minister Nikolaus Berlakovich
Switzerland, State Secretary Bernard Lehmann
Serbia, State Secretary Danilo Golubović
Slovenia, Minister Franc Bogovič
Hungary, State Secretary György Czerván
Bosnia and Herzegovina, Deputy Prime Minister Jerko Ivanković-Lijanović
Republika Srpka, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ministerial Advisor Miljan Erbez
Germany, Bavarian Minister for Agriculture Helmut Brunner
EUROPE SOYA DECLARATION
The Europe Soya Declaration aims to boost soya bean cultivation in Europe, bringing it even closer to reaching the UN Sustainable Development Goals, especially as regards improving the world’s food supply and using natural resources sustainably.
Protein crops such as soya beans play an important role in the European agriculture and food industry. Currently, Europe imports the equivalent of around 40 million tonnes of soya beans per year from overseas, especially from the Americas, which makes Europe highly dependent on a foreign protein supply. At the same time, protein plants are grown on only 2 to 3% of European fields. However, especially in Central and Eastern Europe, large areas suitable for protein plants can be found—areas where only a few crops are cultivated throughout the year. By growing protein plants such as soya beans, peas or broad beans, farmers could introduce more variety onto their fields and use their harvest as animal feed. This would reduce dependence on feed imports from overseas and would be a chance for rural development.
Switzerland, Guy Parmelin
Kosovo, Nenad Rikalo
Moldova, Iurie Usurelu
Marcedonia, Ljupco Nikolovski
Montenegro, Milutin Simovic
Germany, Christian Schmidt
Italy, Maurizio Martina
Romania, Danut Alexandru Potor
Luxemburg, Fernand Etgen
Slovakia, Gabriel Csicsai
Hungary, Dr. Sándor Fazekas
France, Stéphane Travert
Finnland, Jari Leppä
Poland, Ryszard Zarudzki
Slovenia, Dejan Židan
The Netherlands, Aldrik Gierveld
Austria Andrä, Rupprechter
Greece, Evangelos Apostolou
Croatia, Tomislav Tolušić
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