From a Common Agricultural Policy to a Common Food Policy

From a Common Agricultural Policy to a Common Food Policy

European Economic and Social Committee

Food for citizens

From a common agricultural policy to a common food policy

Vilnius, 21 June 2013


09:00 / – / 09:30 / Registration
09:30 / – / 10:30 / Opening session
Welcoming by Martin Siecker, President of the INT Section (Single Market, Production and Consumption), EESC
  • Miroslavas Monkevičius, Secretary of Vilnius City Council
  • Mindaugas Kuklierius, Vice-Minister of Agriculture of the Republic of Lithuania
  • H. E. Philomena Murnaghan, Ambassador of Ireland to Lithuania
  • Tonio Borg, European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy (video message)
  • Dilyana Slavova, President of the NAT Section (Agriculture, Rural Development and the Environment), EESC
  • Dacian Cioloş, European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development (video message)

10:30 / – / 10:45 / Coffee break
10:45 / – / 12:00 / Panel 1 – Ensuring food safety for consumers
  • Safety standards in the EU and beyond
  • Use of new technologies in the production and processing of food, novel food
  • Transparency of food production: production process, food distribution chains – overview, supervision, traceability
  • Safer food, better business – a practical approach to food safety management
Keynote speech:
Alberto Spagnolli, Head of the Executive Office, European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)
  • Reine-Claude Mader, President of the Consumer, Housing and Lifestyle Federation (CLCV), France; Spokesperson of the category "Consumers and Environment", EESC
  • Paulo Gouveia, Director for General Affairs, Copa Cogeca
  • Dr. Kazimieras Lukauskas, Head of the Regional Representation of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) in Moscow
Jonathan Peel, Member of the EESC
12:00 / – / 13:15 / Panel 2 – Healthy food – how to help consumers make healthy choices
  • Eating habits and related public health challenges
  • Protecting children from the promotion of unhealthy food
  • Nutrition and health claims
  • Labelling – providing complete and easy to understand information
  • Food standards and consumers' expectations
Keynote speech:
Agnė Zuokienė, Director of the public institution "Azzara"
  • Jup van 't Veld, Strategic Senior Consultant, Schuttelaar & Partners
  • Madi Sharma, Entrepreneur and Consultant; Member of the EESC
  • Agnė Zakarevičiūtė, Founder of the "Healthy child" movement
  • Dr. Laima Urbšienė, Technical Director, state enterprise "Pieno Tyrimai"
Benedicte Federspiel, Member of the EESC
13:15 / – / 14:30 / Lunch
14:30 / – / 15:45 / Panel 3 – Food accessibility and affordability
  • Gap between food prices and farmers income – role of the processing industry
  • Buyer power – large retailers vs. SMEs – measures to prevent/sanction abuse of dominant positions or market power
  • Security of supply – self-sufficiency or diversification of sources
  • Food waste challenge
Keynote speech:
Dr. Guljahan Kurbanova, Economist, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
  • Andriejus Stančikas, Chairman of Chamber of Agriculture of the Republic of Lithuania
  • Igor Šarmír, Head of Department of Food and Trade, Slovak Agricultural and Food Chamber; Member of the EESC
  • Vaidotas Ilgius, Director of Food Bank Lithuania
Daiva Kvedaraite, Member of the EESC
15:45 / – / 16:00 / Coffee break
16:00 / – / 17:15 / Panel 4 – Eating local, eating seasonal – consumers' sustainable choice
  • Local trade - better deal for farmers and consumers
  • Food quality – can local trade protect us from buying a pig in a poke?
  • Nice look, no taste – traps of all-year-round product availability
  • On the way towards food serenity – a new holistic approach to reach equilibrium between safety, security and sovereignty in a sustainability framework
Keynote speech:
Notis Lebessis, Adviser, DG for Agriculture & Rural Development, European Commission
  • Ausra Išarienė, Head of Food Department, State Food and Veterinary Service of the Republic of Lithuania
  • Laima Petraitiene, Development Head of certification body "Ekoagros"
  • Edgardo Iozia, President of the foundation "Prosolidar"; Member of the EESC
Mindaugas Maciulevicius, Member of the EESC
17:15 / – / 17:30 / Closing session
Summary of discussions: Mindaugas Maciulevicius, Member of the EESC
Food for thought: The world is hungry for food sustainability (by Bord Bia)