Programme

(Subject to change! Last updated 24.11.2007)

Monday 3rd December 2007 19.30-22.00

 

Welcome reception at the IFOAM EU Group office, Rue du Commerce 124, Brussels

 

Welcome note:

  • Francis Blake, President of the IFOAM EU Group
  • Mrs. Dormal Marino, Deputy Director General for Rural Development, DG Agriculture

Followed by tasting of 'organic wines' and snacks

 


Tuesday 4th December 2007


7.30 Registration and coffee

 

Morning Session - Room Galileo, 8th floor.


9.00 Welcome note and moderation: Marco Schlueter, Director, IFOAM EU Group

 

Session I:

Review of the European Action Plan on Organic Food and Farming

Moderator: Marco Schlueter, Director, IFOAM EU Group 

 

  • Mariann Fischer Boel, Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development: “After the EU Organic Action Plan, what comes next?”  (speech)
  • Friedrich-Wilhelm Graefe zu Baringdorf, Vice president of the Committee on Agriculture and Rural development in the European Parliament: “Organic markets – what role for farmers and trade”
  • Francis Blake, president of the IFOAM EU Group: “The organic sector is maturing – how is it growing up?” (speech)

10.00 Session II:
Public goods and Policy objectives

Moderator: Johannes Nebel, organic farmer, Chair of the Commission's Advisory Group on Organic Farming

  • Giacomo Ballari, CEJA President: “How can organic farming help to counteract agriculture’s ageing population?”
  • Hannes Lorenzen, Agriculture Advisor in the European Parliament: “Organic production delivers major EU policy objectives”
  • Arnd Spahn, Secretary General from the European Federation of Trade Unions in the Food, Agriculture and Tourism: “Organic production – an engine for jobs and dynamic development in rural areas”

10.45 Coffee break

  • Urs Niggli, Director Fibl: “How much does organic food and farming mitigate climate change and deliver other public goods?” (presentation)

Discussion with plenary

 

12.00 Session III:
Enhancing the development of organic food and farming - the challenges ahead


Moderator: Cristina Micheloni, AIAB Scientific Board/ORWINE coordinator

  • Leopold Meurens, CEO Sipal Partners S.A.: “Maintaining organic principles in a growing market” (presentation/pdf)
  • Wilfrid Legg, Head of the Policies and Environment Division in the OECD Agriculture Directorate: “The role of organic farming in a changing agricultural environment - an OECD perspective” (presentation)
  • Andrea Caroe, Chair of the USDA National Organic Standards Board: “Organic in the US - implications and lessons for the EU”

Discussion with plenary

 

13.00 Lunch (Room T.Cook, 1st floor) and Press briefing (Room Marco Polo, 1st floor)


14.15-17.45 Work Sessions A - E


A) Organic Production and the CAP. Session A1 and A2 (Marco Polo, ground floor)
B) Consistent policies for Organic Farming. Session B1 and B2 (Stanley, 1st floor)
C) Research for competitive organic food and farming. Session C1 and C2 (Vasco da Gama, 1st floor)
D) The new organic regulation. Session D1 and D2 (Galileo, 8th floor)
E) Ethics, principles and the market. Session E1 and E2 (C. Colomb, 1st floor)

The work sessions are divided into two sub sessions, separated by the coffee break from 15.45-16.15

 

It is possible to combine the sessions, eg. B1 and E2.

See detailed descriptions of the work sessions here

 

18:00-24:00 Evening Event

18.00 Welcome drink


18.30 Panel discussion: The rural world of tomorrow: Future Challenges of Agriculture in a changing environment

Moderator: Mette Meldgaard, IFOAM Vice President.


Panellists:

  • Wilfrid Legg, Head of the Policies and Environment Division in the OECD Agriculture Directorate.
  • Poul Skytte Christoffersen, Head of Cabinet of Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Mariann Fischer Boel.
  • Patrick Holden, Director of Soil Association, UK.
  • Rasmus Kjeldahl, President of BEUC (The European Consumers' Organisation).
  • Andrea Caroe, Chair of the USDA National Organic Standards Board.
  • Tamas Marghescu, Regional Director for IUCN Europe

 

20.00 - 0.00 Gala Dinner & cultural programme

 

Wednesday 5th December 2007 (8th floor, room: Galileo)

 

9.00   ~    Bach Prelude - Eugen Schwabauer, accordionist   ~

 

9.10   Welcome note and moderation: Gerald Hermann, IFOAM President

  • Ladislav Miko, Director Directorate B Protecting the Natural Environment, DG Environment “EU environmental policy –impact on and the role of organic production”. (presentation)

9.50 Reporting of the results of the work sessions. 

  • Work session A: Organic production and the CAP - Mette Meldgaard Vice President of IFOAM (presentation)
  • Work session B: Consistent policies for organic farming - Benedikt Haerlin, Foundation Future Farming (presentation)
  • Work session C: Research for competitive organic food and farming - Otto Schmid, Chair Research Committee of the IFOAM EU Group. (presentation)
  • Work session D: The new organic regulation - Lizzie Melby Jespersen (presentation)
  • Work session E: Ethics, principles and the market - Christopher Stopes, EcoS Consultancy Ltd. (presentation)

10.45 - 11.15 Coffee break


Marco Schlueter, Director, IFOAM EU Group

 

  • Ladislav Miko, Director of Directorate B Protecting the Natural Environment
  • Timothy Hall, Acting Director, Directorate E, Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries, Aquaculture.
  • Julien Mousnier, Cabinet of Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Mariann Fischer Boel.
  • Friedrich-Wilhelm Graefe zu Baringdorf, Vice President, Committee on Agricultural and Rural Development, European Parliament.

11.50 Discussion with plenary



13.00 Closing speech

  • Francis Blake, President of the IFOAM EU-Group.

 

13.30 End of Congress & Press conference

 

 

                                                                                           

 

 

11.15 Organic policy perspectives - reactions on work session results from the EU institutions


Moderation: