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6th European Organic Congress
Smart change - towards a
 sustainable CAP
Organic and high nature value farming shaping future food systems
17-18 April 2012
Copenhagen, Denmark
Programme - Draft Agenda
16 April - Pre-conference excursion see excursion page
Day 1 -17th April 
8.00 - 9.00
Arrivals and registration
9.00 - 13.00
Plenary sessions
9.00 Opening of conference
Evald Vestegaard, President Organic Denmark
CAP post 2013- greener, smarter, fairer?
High level policy makers panel

Moderator: Marco Schlüter, Director IFOAM EU Group


- Jerzy Bogdan Plewa, Deputy Director General of DG Agriculture, European Commission: CAP towards 2020 - the Commission proposals
- Morten Lautrup-Larsen, EU-advisor Danish Ministry for Food, Agriculture and Fisheries: The Danish EU Presidency’s goals for the new CAP
- Arie van den Brand, Agricultural and Rural Convention (ARC 2020): A convention for change – civil society demands for a renewed CAP
Christopher Stopes, President IFOAM EU Group: Organic farming – an asset for driving sustainability in the CAP
11.00 -11.30
Press conference and coffee break
The organic regulation and credibility in sustainable food production
 Expert Panel
Moderator: Eva Torremocha, IFOAM World Board Member
- Stefan Dabbert, Coordinator of CERTCOST: Demonstrating sustainability - the efficiency and credibility of organic certification systems
- Nat Page, Fundatia Adept: High Nature Value and organic farming systems – Complementary routes for meeting the CAP’s strategic objectives.
- Isidre Martinez, SEAE: The first three years of the new EU organic regulation 834/2007 – opportunities and limitations from a South EU perspective
Award Ceremony for IFOAM EU Group's main sponsors
Organic Lunch
14.30 - 18.00
Workshops (including coffee break at 16.00)
Workshop 1
The Organic regulation - state of play 3 years after implementation
Session 1
14.30 – 16.00
Organic regulation
 Ensuring a credible and sustainable organic regulation
Moderator: Ronald van Marlen, Ariza
- Michel Reynaud, Ecocert International: Credibility of organic sector from a certifier's point of view
 - Arjon Kalter, Tradin: Implementing the Import regime in practice 
 - Andrea Ferrante, AIAB: Preventing fraud, safeguarding consumers’ trust - What can be learnt from the Italian fraud case
 - Alexander Gerber, BÖLW
 - Michela Coli, ICEA
 - Jean-François Hulot, European Commission
Session 2
16.30 -18.00
Organic regulation
Organic Regulation – new developments, pointers to the future
Moderator: Dorota Metera, BioEkspert

 - Jean-François Hulot, European Commission: Organic regulation – stage of implementation, current and future work


 - Sybille Kyed, Organic Denmark: New organic regulation - more flexibility and risk based approaches


 - Francis Blake, Soil Association: Approaches towards regulation of organic production in Europe

Workshop 2
Smart change for the CAP post 2013 – strategic steps ahead
Moderator: Anamarija Slabe, Institute for Sustainable Development Slovenia
Session 1
14.30 -16.00
Greener and fairer – expectations and demands for the new CAP
- Sieta van Keimpema, European Milk Board: Fair market policies within the CAP to build a basis for sustainable production
- Faustine Defossez, European Environmental Bureau: Greening the CAP to meet the urgent environmental challenges
-Thomas Fertl, IFOAM EU Group: Smart change – IFOAM EU demands towards a sustainable CAP
Session 2
16.30 -18.00
Paving the way to sustainable food supply through rural development programmes
- Susanne Padel, co-author of EU Commission study on organic support under Rural Development Programmes: Support schemes to develop the organic sector – examples from the different member states
- Donald Aquilina, European Network for Rural Development (ENRD): Rural development networks – towards sustainable rural communities
- Lizzie Melby Jespersen, ICROFS: Incentives and obstacles for the development of the EU organic market
Workshop 3
Promoting sustainable and healthy food consumption - organic label, promotional measures and green public procurement
Moderator: Leen Laenens, BioForum Vlaanderen
Session 1
14.30 – 16.00
Improving information flow from the food producer to the consumer
- Benjamin Caspar, European Commission: Developing a sustainable food strategy for Europe - how can we promote sustainable consumer behaviour?

- Pete Ritchie, Nourish Scotland: Local, sustainable, healthy – an example for innovative food systems from Scotland

- Robert Pederson, European Public Health and Agriculture Consortium: Information provision and promotional measures – a way forward to healthy nutrition
Session 2
16.30 -18.00
Green public procurement as a way to healthier life styles and sustainable food supply
- Anya Hultberg, Københavns Madhus: Copenhagen goes organic – the way towards 90% organic in public kitchens
- Karen Eriksen, Danish Veterinary and Food Administration: Danish decision to convert public procurement to organic

- Marijke Van Ranst, BioForum Vlaanderen: Organic public procurement of food in Belgium - good practice and opportunities

- Chris Atkinson, Soil Association: Food for Life – bringing the good food to the people
End of sessions day 1
Gala dinner
Day 2 – 18th April 2012
8.30 -9.00
Arrival and welcome coffee

9.00 - 9.15

Opening presentation

OrganicDataNetwork -  increasing the transparency of the European organic food market


9.00 -9.45
Report session
Reports from workshops
 - Keith Ball, IFOAM EU Group: report workshop 1
 - Laurent Moinet, FNAB: report workshop 2
 - Otto Schmid, FiBL: report workshop 3
9.45 - 11.45
Delivering vibrant, sustainable and competitive rural economies: are the new CAP objectives complimentary or contradictory? 
Final Panel
Key note speech:
Ybele Hoogeveen, European Environment Agency: Economic outlook - will a shift to sustainable farm systems pay back to society?
Moderator: Thomas Dosch
- Arnaud Petit, Copa-Cogeca
- Jean-François Hulot, European Commission
- Robert Pederson, European Public Health and Agriculture Consortium
- Sieta van Keimpema, European Milkboard
- Trees Robijns, Birdlife
- Paul Holmbeck, Organic Denmark
- Niels Halberg, ICROFS
- Andrea Ferrante, IFOAM EU Group
Conference conclusions
§ Christopher Stopes, IFOAM EU Group President
End of conference
Organic Lunch and Networking

[1]Economic analysis of certification systems for organic food and farming. CERTCOST is a European research project supported by the European Commission.
[2] European Innovation Partnership




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The Congress is co-financed by Per Mille Fund for Agriculture, Denmark  
This congress is co-financed by the European Community, Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development. The sole responsibility for the communication/publication lies with the IFOAM EU Group. The European Commission is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information provided