Programme

   

Overview

2 July      

All day   

Pre-congress excursion (for the full programme of the excursion please click here)
     
3 July 9.00 Opening plenary
  10.30 Press conference and coffee break
  11.00 Organic Regulation review
  12.30 Lunch and presentation of organic farming in Lithuanian Organic Farmers Association
  14.30 Workshops
  16.00 Coffee break
  16.30 Workshops
  18.15 Bus transfer
  19.00
Visit of Trakai Castle followed by a networking dinner

 

Bus transfer back to Vilnius will be provided after the festivities
     
4 July

9.00

Launch of the dossier on organic wine!

  9.40 Reports from the workshops and discussion
  10.30 Coffee break
  11.00 Final Panel
  12.30 Closure of conference
  13.00 Lunch
     

Full Programme and Presentations

3 July Time Speaker / Topic
   
  8.00 Welcome coffee and registration
  9.00

Opening Plenary

 

Moderator: Marco Schlüter, IFOAM EU Director

 

Georg Häusler, Head of Cabinet of European Commission  for Agricultural and Rural Development 
Review of Organic farming legislation and organics future role in  the EU growth strategy Europe 2020


Rytis Šatkauskas, Lithuanian Vice Minister for Agriculture
Public expectations, opportunities and obstacles for organic producers to deliver final products to consumers

 

Frank Macken, Organic Unit of Department of Agriculture, Food & The Marine, Ireland

Council opinion on the review of the organic farming legislation review

 

Athanasios Tsautaris, Greek minister for Agriculture (tbc)
Perspective of the Organic production regulation from the point of view of Trio

 

Christopher Stopes, IFOAM EU Group President 
Towards a European Organic Action Plan and consistent framework for organic production

 

     
  10.30 Press conference and coffee break
     
  11.00

Organic Regulation Review and the New European Action Plan.

Setting the scene for improved organic farming legislation and policy

 

Moderator: Jiri Mach, Czech Deputy Minister of Agriculture

 

Andrea Ferrante, International Relations Manager, Associazione italiana per l'Agricoltura Biologica - AIAB 

Towards a new European Organic Action Plan - Challenges and Needs (presentation)

 

 

Michel Reynaud, European Organic Certifiers Council President

Improving the efficiency to the control system (presentation)

 

Jiri Urban, UKZUZ Institute for Supervising and Testing in the Agriculture and former agriculture vice-Minister of Czech Republic 

Develop Organic Sector and Regulation: Status quo and Development Needs in New Member States (presentation)

 

Andre Leu, President IFOAM International

Towards a Family of Equivalent Standards
(presentation)

     
  12.30

Lunch


Lunch and Presentation of organic farming in Lithuania

(Organic Market in front of Town Hall) by the Lithuanian Organic Farmers Association

     
  14.30

Workshops

 

A) International Organic Trade: New Import Regime and Equivalency Agreements

 

Moderator: Cecile Lepers, Managing Director of Synabio

 

Panellist: Andre Leu, President IFOAM Global

 

Joao Onofre, Head of the Organic Farming Unit of the European Commission 

Outlook on equivalency agreements and needs for an improved import regime 

 

Fabian Breisinger, CEO All Organic Trading 

Does the new import regime facilitate imports without lowering integrity?

B) The Contribution of the Organic Industry to Integrity

 

Moderator: Elke Denys, coordinator of processing sector, Bioforum Vlaanderen 

 

Panellist: Alexander Beck, Chair of IFOAM EU Specialist Group in Organic Processing, Ari de Kimpe, CEO and General Director, ARIZA

Norbert Kolb, Quality Director of the Wolree NaturProdukte

Traceability management in the supply chain

 

Thomas Breuzet, Director of Danival

Success by establishing long-term relationships with suppliers
(presentation)

 

 

C) Developing Organic in the Baltic Sea Area 

 

Moderator: Anamarija Slabe, Technical Director of the Institute for Sustainable Development

 

Key note speech: Saulius Jasius, Deputy Director of Agricultural Production and Food Industry Department of the Ministry of Agriculture of Lithuania 

Develop Organic in Baltic-Nordic Sea Area

 

Short Statements:

 

Merit Mikk, Estonian Organic Farming Foundation (presentation)

 

Madara Mezviete, Executive Director of Association Latvian Organic Agriculture - ALOA
(presentation)

 

Michal Rzytki, Polish Ministry of Agriculture
(presentation)

 

Kjell Sjödahl Svensson, Quality Manager, KRAV (presentation)

 

     
  16.00 Coffee break
     
  16.30

Workshops

 

D) Controls in Organic Farming: Audit or Investigation? 

 

Moderator: Evelyne Alcázar Marín, International Activities at Certification Services CAAE

  

Panellist: Joao Onofre, Head of the Organic Farming Unit of the European Commission

 

Alexander Beck, Chair of IFOAM EU Specialist Group in Organic Processing

Is the control system taking the right direction? (presentation)

 

Roberto Setti, Quality Manager at Consorzio per il Controllo dei Prodotti Biologici - CCPB
 
Bernd Winkler, Unit F4, Food and Veterinary Office, European Commission 

 


E) Regulation Review: Which direction to go? Bring your ideas!

 

Facilitation: Niels Rump, AGRIDEA

 
Open space workshop

 


F)Towards a New Organic Action Plan for Europe

 

Moderator: Lieve Vercauteren Director BioForum Vlaanderen

 

Panellist: Thomas Fertl, Bio Austria

 

Juern Sanders, German Thünen Institute

EU Organic Action Plan: common strategic framework for organic sector development

 

Paul Moore, Chair of the Organic Trade Board - OTB

The Need for Organic Promotion in New Action Plan - Example of UK

 

Edouard Rousseau - COPA-COGECA chair of Organic Farming working group

Implement the new CAP: what is needed to boost the development of organic farming in Europe (presentation)

     
  18.15 Bus transfer
     
  19.00 Visit to Trakai Castle and organic gala dinner
     
4 July Time Speaker / Topic
  9.00

The New Areas: Organic Wine and Aquaculture

Launch of the dossier on Organic Wine after first harvest under new rules and "Mind the CAP" campaign

 

Moderator, Christopher Stopes, President IFOAM EU Group


Cristina Micheloni, AIAB 

What did the new wine rules bring for organic
(presentation)


Stefan Bergleiter, Team leader aquaculture and fishery - Naturland 

Assessment of first four years with organic aquaculture rules (presentation)

 

     
  9.40

Report from workshops and discussion

 

Moderation: John Portelli, Public Relations and Marketing Officer at Malta Organic and Agriculture Movement (MOAM)
 

Kostas Dritsas, DIO- Greek Certification Body, workshops A & D

 

Otto Schmid, FIBL

workshops B & E

 

Dorota Metera, President of BioEkspert, Workshop C & F
 

     
  10.30 Coffee break
     
  11.00

Final Panel - Towards an improved framework for organic food and farming in Europe

 

Moderator: Antje Koelling, Policy Manager at IFOAM EU Group

 

Joao Onofre, Head of the Organic Farming Unit, DG Agriculture 


Bavo van Idsert, IFOAM EU Vice President 

 

Frank Macken, Organic Unit of Department of Agriculture, Food & The Marine, Ireland

 

Thomas Fertl, Bio Austria 

 

Camilla Udsen, European Consumer Organization - BEUC

 

Salius Jasius, Deputy Director of Agricultural Production and Food Industry Department of the Ministry of Agriculture of Lithuania

 

     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12.30

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 13:00

Closing

 

Christopher Stopes, IFOAM EU Group President

 

Saulius Daniulis, Lithuanian Organic Farmers Association 


Rytis Šatkauskas, Lithuanian Vice Minister for Agriculture 

 

 

Networking organic lunch

 

 

 

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"This congress is partly financed with the support of the European Commission, Directorate General for Agriculture and rural development."