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Share your view and learn about experiences from all over Europe and beyond at the European Organic Congress! 

 

Congress day I – Thursday, 20 June 2019

Innovation and technology: how organic improves, inspires & delivers agricultural policies

Speaker/topic

Time

Registration and welcome coffee

12:00

Welcome & Introduction

13:00

Petre Daea – Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development of Romania
Jan Plagge - President, IFOAM EU
Opening Plenary: A greener and fairer Common Agricultural Policy for citizens and farmers

13:20

The revision of the post-2020 Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is ongoing. Can the CAP’s new Green Architecture work for the benefit of farmers consumers and rural communities? How can organic farmers contribute towards a the CAP objectives under the policy’s New Delivery Model? Can Europe do more with less budget to support its farmers and what can be done about it? Join the high-level discussion with national ministries, European Commission officials, representatives of civil society and farmers
Petre Daea – Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development of Romania
Pierre Bascou - Director Sustainability and Income Support, DG Agriculture and Rural Development, European Commission
Aard Mulders – Senior Advisor, Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality of The Netherlands
Jan Plagge – President, IFOAM EU
Juan Andrès Guttierez – President, Euromontana (tbc)
Luc Bas – Director, International Union for Conservation of Nature
Joachim Rukwied – President, COPA
Marta Messa – Director, Slow Food Metropolitan Brussels (tbc)
Coffee Break

15:00

Plenary: A new European organic action plan - Synergies between the EU, Member State, regional, and city level

15:30

During this session we’d like to explore the possibility for a new organic action plan for 2020-2027, how it could contribute to the priorities of the next Commission, as well as the linkages needed between the EU, the national, the regional and the city level, in order for this action plan to be easily implementable and efficient, forward-looking in terms of the development of organics in Europe, as well as making the most of the benefits of organic farming for the environment and fairer food systems
Ioana Dragos - North-West Regional Development
Peter Defranceschi - European Executive Committee Chair, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability (tbc)
Per Kolster – Chairman, Organic Denmark
Simona Caselli – Regional Minister, Emilia Romagna Region (tbc)
Coffee break

16:45

Drafting the secondary legislation in an evolving global context

17:15

The speech will examine different issues and assess how the ongoing work on the secondary legislation should aim at strengthening the sustainable development of the organic sector, keeping in mind that the consumer’s willingness to pay more for an organic product remains the primary condition
Nicolas Verlet – Head of Unit, Organics, DG Agriculture and Rural Development, European Commission
Discussion with experts - Organic Regulation

17:30

Break till the networking dinner

18:00

Networking dinner

19:00

 

Congress day II – Friday, 21 June 2019

Innovation and technology: by organic, for organic

Speaker/topic

Time

Interactive session: Emerging technologies - what's in it for organics? – Bring your smart phone with you

09:00

Prof. Dr Eldert van Helten, Farm Technology, Wageningen University
Prof. Dr Rogier Schulte, Farming Systems Ecology, Wageningen University
Coffee break

10:30

Parallel workshop sessions

11:00

Technological revolution is unfolding in front of our eyes. Will Internet of things, big data analytics and artificial intelligence disrupt our food and farming systems? What are the costs and benefits for organic actors? How do we avoid a digital divide? Take part in finding answers and shaping the best strategy for dealing with the brave new world
Workshop I: Big data analytics: friend or foe? (Session in English only)

Oskar Marco – Researcher, BioSense
Workshop II: The Internet of Things (IoT) for food and farming (Session in English only)

tbc
Workshop III: Organic Agriculture Innovation in Romania (Session in Romanian/English languages)

tbc
Lunch break

13:00

Innovation beyond technologies

15:00

What is innovation? The morning sessions explore opportunities of digital technologies for the organic sector. Yet, innovation involves a much wider range of interventions than simply the use of new technologies. Innovation is a creative, often bottom-up process. The organic sector takes a systems approach to innovation. Join the panel debate with organic farmers, processors and retailers and discuss how innovation can be strengthened at all levels of the organic value chain
Alfred Grand – Vermigrand
Agnes Papone – Farmer, Lavancia
How organic is transforming food and farming, a success story presentation

16:00

Thomas Harttung – Aartstiderne (tbc)
Closing statement

16:50

Jan Plagge - President, IFOAM EU
End of the congress

17:00

Excursion - Friday - Saturday, 21 -22 June 2019

More information in April - additional registration will be needed

 

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