Wo: Brussels, Belgium
Thema: Landwirtschaft, Fischerei und Ernährung | Umwelt, Verbraucher und Gesundheit
Veranstalter: Europäische Kommission
On 20 April, the European Commission will organize a conference on local agriculture and short food supply chain, in a joint initiative by Dacian Cioloş, European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, and John Dalli, European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy. The aim is to see how to better address the needs of small farms structures and how to target support schemes for them, in the context of the CAP reform.
The post 2013 CAP reform proposals adopted by the Commission on 12 October 2011 envisage new possibilities for the economic development of small-scale farming with a local market orientation. In addition, other CAP policies and EU legislation on food hygiene are important for the growth of this sector.
The conference will bring together producers, national administrations and European institutions to reflect on how to use policy instruments to facilitate access to markets, reinforce links between farmers and consumers and improve the implementation of hygiene legislation in short food supply chains. The afternoon will conclude with a Panel discussion with the two Commissioners and Carlo Petrini (Slow Food) and Reinhold Messner (mountaineer).
The event will thus aim at answering the following questions: do CAP proposals provide the necessary tools to unlock small scale farming potential? Why does a specific scheme need to be developed for local products? What should it look like at EU level and why do consumers appreciate buying food from local farmers? How to promote the use of flexible provisions among competent authorities? Are there practical examples of flexible approaches satisfying legal obligations?
Participation to the conference is on invitation only. Everybody will, however, be able to follow it via webstreaming.