I’ll never forget that early morning of January 2011 when we left Berlin’s Green Week for a visit to Poland, initiated by Roger Waite, the spokesman of EU Agricultural Commissioner Dacian Ciolos. Roger wanted, with the support of his Commissioner, to set up a network and a platform to promote the communication between CAP and the agricultural journalists working in their own country and region. This fulfilled an old dream for some of us – we had wanted to create such a European umbrella organisation inside the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ). It was obvious that facilitating networking between national associations, and the European Commission and DG AGRI, would benefit the agricultural journalist working in his or her own country or region.
On December 6 2011, after many meetings with representatives of the existing European national associations of agricultural journalists, the provisional charter of the new European Network of Agricultural Journalists (ENAJ) was presented to Commissioner Dacian Ciolos during a major DG Agri event in Brussels. ENAJ brought together 17 national associations of agricultural journalists as founders, quickly growing to 20 national associations and soon to be 22. ENAJ is very active and is really on the map; in fact, we can already say the creation of ENAJ is a historical event.
This could never have been possible without the support of two people, both of whom relinquished their roles on November 1 this year: Agricultural Commissioner Dacian Ciolos and his very dynamic spokesman Roger Waite. We are very grateful and will never forget them as pioneers, because they played a crucial role in the history of ENAJ.
We welcome the new Commissioner Phil Hogan, and are looking forward to continuing the cooperation and collaboration that has made ENAJ such a success to date.
Chairman of the ENAJ