Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay is in Rome today to celebrate World Food Day, an event organized by the United Nations and attended by Pope Francis.
MacAulay has been meeting with leaders throughout Europe to promote Canadian exports under the new free trade agreement.
The meetings included sessions with the G7 in Bergamo, Italy, and a series of bilateral meetings with European Union (EU) officials while in Belgium.
The G7 is Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States. The European Union is also represented within the G7.
The agriculture ministers attending the G7 meetings discussed issues ranging from agricultural risk management practices to food security and migration.
He met with his agriculture counterparts from the EU, Italy and Germany.
In Parma, the Minister conducted market development activities. In Belgium, the Minister met with European Commission Vice-President for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness, Jyrki Katainen, as well as with EU Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, Vytenis Andriukaitis.
MacAulay also met with European industry associations, including European Livestock and Meat Trades Union, COCERAL and Fediol, before touring the Port of Antwerp.