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Brussels, 29 January 2014
The European Union at Expo 2015 Milan (1 May - 31 October 2015)
The 2015 Milan Universal Exhibition intends to develop a socio-economic and evidence-based debate on food security and sustainable practices under the theme "Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life". With 20 million expected visitors on site and 1 billion online visitors, Expo will be a platform to promote a dialogue on food quality, food safety and public health at all levels.
The European Union will participate in the Expo Milano 2015 and the participation contract was signed on 9 December 2013 in Milan in the presence of Commission President José Manuel Barroso and the Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta. The EU's Expo 2015 theme statement is "Growing Europe's future together for a better world". This motto interconnects the role of agriculture with the fundamental role of Europe and its citizens as well as key concepts such as inclusion, cooperation, solidarity and growth combined with sustainability for our planet.
The EU pavilion will be located inside the Italian Expo space, in front of Palazzo Italia. The exhibit will showcase how EU policies address the topics that are at the heart of Expo Milano 2015.
Expo Milano 2015 will take place in the year that marks the deadline for achieving the United Nation's Millennium Development Goals (MDG). With over 840 million people chronically undernourished, Expo will be the ideal occasion to underline the EU's continued commitment to reduce hunger and poverty in the world and to reflect on sustainable development for all. The EU is one of the main global actors in the food sector both in terms of legislation and policy-making. In addition, the EU remains one of the largest aid donors in the world, working to improve food security. 2015 also marks the midpoint of the implementation of the EU's growth strategy Europe 2020. The EU will seize the opportunity of Expo Milan to promote its commitment to a smart, sustainable and inclusive economy.
The European Commission's in-house science service, the Joint Research Centre (JRC) in Ispra, close to Milan, is coordinating the presence of all EU Institutions at Expo Milano 2015.
Link to the President's speech at the Expo Milano 2015 event in the European Parliament: http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_SPEECH-14-76_fr.htm
Link for further info: http://ec.europa.eu/dgs/jrc/index.cfm?id=2300&obj_id=3620&dt_code=PRL&lang=en
Link to President Barroso's statement at the signing ceremony of the EU's participation in Expo Milano 2015 on 9 December 2013: