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"EU Agricultural Outlook Conference" Brussels, 1-2/12/2015

This two-day event provided an opportunity for a broad exchange of views on the state of agriculture, and the global  issues which lie ahead. 

Some four hundred stakeholders took part in the conference upon invitation by the Commission. They represented EU institutions, governments and international organisations, those involved in the food chain, the socio-professional sector, market experts, academics and think tanks, and the broader civil society.


On the first day of the conference, EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Phil Hogan and US Secretary for Agriculture Tom Vilsack discussed the challenges facing the farm sector. 


In addition, high-level panel discussions took place highlighting the challenge for agriculture to provide food in an environmentally sustainable way while adapting to/mitigating the effects of climate change. The functioning of the food supply chain was also at the centre of the debates. Senior representatives of the European institutions, and leading experts from international organisations participated in these debates.


On the second day of the conference, the Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development presented its latest projections on the outlook for EU dairy, meat and arable crop markets for the next ten years.


>> Read the programme pdf - 346 KB [346 KB]

>> Watch the video recording:

DAY 1

DAY 2

 

Presentations

DAY 1

Session 1 - Agriculture: the EU and US perspectives

"The CAP: Meeting the major challenges" (Phil Hogan, EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development)


Session 2 - Agriculture at the centre of global challenges

"Global food security challenges, lessons from EXPO Milan conference" pdf - 686 KB [686 KB] (Franz Fischler, former EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Fisheries)

"Agriculture at the centre of global challenges: setting the scene" pdf - 2 MB [2 MB] (Vladimir Šucha, Director-General of the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission)


Session 3 - The food chain debate

"Globalisation and competition in the agri-food supply chain: setting the scene" pdf - 2 MB [2 MB] (Jo Swinnen, Professor KU Leuven)


Session 4 - Sustainability: Exchange of best practices

"Sustainable sourcing as common place" pdf - 2 MB [2 MB] (Pablo Perversi, Regional Category, VP Savoury, Europe, Unilever)

"Sustainability: Exchange on best practices" pdf - 439 KB [439 KB] (Matt Simister, Commercial Director, Fresh Food & Commodities, Tesco)

"Green public procurement in the municipality of Copenhagen" pdf - 398 KB [398 KB] (Betina Bergmann Madsen, Copenhagen city, experiment on organic public meals)

 

DAY 2

Session 5 - EU agricultural outlook. setting the scene

"Drivers and uncertainties of 2025 prospects" pdf - 894 KB [894 KB] (Tassos Haniotis, Director, Economic Analysis, Perspectives and Evaluations, Communication, DG Agriculture and Rural Development, European Commission)


Session 6 - Medium-term prospects for the EU dairy sector

"Main challenges and prospects for the EU dairy sector" pdf - 805 KB [805 KB] (Sophie Hélaine, Agricultural modelling and outlook Unit, DG Agriculture and Rural Development, European Commission)


Session 7 - Medium-term prospects for the EU meat sector

"Main challenges and prospects for the EU meat sector" pdf - 603 KB [603 KB] (Benjamin Van Doorslaer, Agricultural modelling and outlook Unit, DG Agriculture and Rural Development, European Commission)


Session 8 - Medium-term prospects for the EU crop sector

"Main challenges and prospects for EU arable crops" pdf - 546 KB [546 KB] (Koen Dillen, Agricultural modelling and outlook Unit, DG Agriculture and Rural Development, European Commission)


Session 9 - Concluding remarks

"What does it mean for the income of EU farmers?" pdf - 780 KB [780 KB] (Pierluigi Londero, Head of Agricultural modelling and outlook Unit, DG Agriculture and Rural Development, European Commission)

 

 

Ahead of the conference, the Commission had published three publications on food and farming, focusing on Land and Land Use, Jobs and Growth, and Market Safety Nets:

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To know what happened at last year's Outlook  conference:

>> Go to "2024 prospects for EU agricultural markets"



For over two decades, DG Agriculture and Rural Development, in collaboration with the EU's Joint Research Centre, has published medium-term prospects for EU agricultural markets and farm income.

>> Read the latest edition

 

 

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