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European Commission - Press release

GMO : Commissioner Dalli to discuss socio-economic aspects of cultivation with key players

Brussels, 14 October 2011 – On 18 October 2011, the European Commission will organise a conference on the 'socio-economic dimensions of GMO cultivation'. This conference will take place in Brussels under the chairmanship of EU Commissioner John Dalli.

EU Health and Consumer Policy Commissioner, John Dalli stated on several occasions to be committed to building an active and transparent dialogue with each party interested with GMOs.

Against this background, he has asked his services to organise a series of hearings on this topic with a view to gathering Member States, Members of the European Parliament (MEPs), representatives from non-EU countries, NGOs and business stakeholders around the table and exchange views.

The first event of this series successfully took place on 17 March 2011 and focussed on the issue of 'GMO risk assessment and management'.

For this second event, the Commission intends to address the complex issue of the social and economic impacts of GMO cultivation as a follow up to the publication of a Commission's report on the same subject of 15 April 2011.

The conference will take place in Brussels on 18 October 2011. All interested parties will have the opportunity to express their views.

The hearing will be web streamed on DG SANCO's website and can be viewed as of 18 October 2011 under following link:

Speakers' presentations will be available at the same link as of 19 October 2011.

Socio-economic dimensions of GMO cultivation

Hearing organised by the European Commission, DG Health and Consumers
Participation of Commissioner John Dalli

18 October 2011, 8:30 – 16:50

Centre Albert Borschette, rue Froissart 36, Bruxelles


Interpretation will be provided in and to FR/EN/DE.

8:30-9:00 Registration

9:00-9:15 Opening speech by Commissioner John Dalli

Session I: the Commission report on socio-economic impacts of GMO cultivation

Moderator: Ms Corinne Lepage, Vice-Chair of the ENVI Committee, European Parliament

Impulse statements

9:15-9:25 Origin of the socio-economic report – Mr. Ladislav Miko, Deputy Director General DG Health and Consumers

9:25-9:40 Contributing to the report: Experience of a Member State cultivating GMOs (Czech Republic) – Dr. Hana Jirakova, Department of Environmental Risks and Ecological Damage, Ministry of the Environment, Czech Republic 

9:40-9:55 Contributing to the report: Experience of a Member State not cultivating GMOs (the Netherlands) – Dr.Petra Hogervorst, Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, The Netherlands

9:55-10:05 Findings and conclusions of the socio-economic report – Thomas Brégeon, Policy Officer, DG Health and Consumers

Debate with the Panel

10:05-10:15 Reaction of panel members

10:15-10:45 Questions from audience

Session II: Socio-economic dimensions of GMO cultivation in third countries

Moderator: Mr Ladislav Miko, Deputy Director General DG Health and Consumers

Impulse statements

10:45-10:55 The socio-economic dimension of GMO cultivation in the global context – Mr Emilio Rodriguez-Cerezo, Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS) of the European Joint Research Center (JRC)

10:55-11:10 Experience in Argentina – Mr Martin Lema, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Argentina

11:10-11:25 Views of Greenpeace – Mr Marco Contiero, Greenpeace European Unit

11:25-11:40 Views of Europabio – Ms Nathalie Moll, Secretary General Europabio

Debate with the Panel

11:40-11:50 Reaction of panel members

11:50-12:20 Questions from audience

12:20-12:30 Closing of the morning session - Mr Ladislav Miko

12:30 – 14:00 Lunch Buffet for all participants in Borschette

Session III: Socio-economic dimensions of co-existence and segregation

Moderator: Mr Emilio Rodriguez-Cerezo, Action Leader in AGRILIFE Unit and Head of the European Coexistence Bureau at the Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS) of the European Joint Research Center (JRC)

Impulse statements

14:00-14:10 Findings of EU funded projects (CO-EXTRA and SIGMEA) – Mr Ciaran Mangan,
DG Research and Innovation

14:10-14:25 A national approach with co-existence/segregation: Portugual – Ms Ana Paula Cruz de Carvalho, Ministério da agricultura, mar, ambiente e ordenamento do territorio

14:25-14:40 Study of Friends of the Earth on socio-eco impacts of GMOs – Ms Mute Schimpf, Friends of the Earth

14:40-14.55 Views of European farmers and cooperatives – Mr Arnaud Petit, Director, COPA-COGECA

14:55-15:10 Views of the organic sector – Mr Marco Schlüter, Director IFOAM EU Group

15:10-15:25 Views of the Food industry – Mr Yves Le Bail Collet, Food Drink Europe

Debate with the Panel

15:25-15:40 Reaction of panel members

15:40-16:30 Questions from audience

16:30-16:40 Concluding remarks by Mr Paulo De Castro

Chair of the AGRI Committee, European Parliament

16:40-16:50 Closing statement by Ms P. Testori Coggi, Director General, DG Health and Consumers

16:50 Cocktail

Contacts :

Frédéric Vincent (+32 2 298 71 66)

Aikaterini Apostola (+32 2 298 76 24)

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