Hearing on Organic Food and Farming - Towards a European Action
On 22 January 2004 the European
Commission held a 'European Hearing on Organic Food and
Farming - Towards a European Action Plan' in Brussels. The main
purpose of this hearing was to listen to the views of the widest
possible range of stakeholders, to experts in the agricultural,
environmental and consumer field and to hear from pilot
initiatives. Following this public hearing, the Commission is
preparing an Action Plan in the form of a Communication to the
European Council and Parliament, including a list of possible
actions to boost organic farming. The Brussels hearing provided the Commission with the most complete and appropriate
guidance from stakeholders with a view to drawing up this Action
Welcome and introduction
Mr Joe Walsh, Minister for Agriculture and Food, Ireland [pdf]
"The future of organic farming"
Session 1 -The place of organic farming in European agriculture
Introduction by Chairman Mr Corrado Pirzio-Biroli, Head of Cabinet of Commissioner Franz Fischler [pdf]
"What do consumers expect from
"What do organic farmers expect
from policy makers?"
"From farm supply to consumer
packages, challenges for the processing industry"
Session 2 - The place of organic farming in the wider European society
Introduction by Chairman Mr Dirk Ahner, Deputy Director-General, DG Agriculture [pdf]
"Are the organic consumer labels
conveying the right message?"
"Marketing and distribution
concepts - the view of the supermarket"
"Coexistence with GMOs and organic
Session 3 - Concluding session
The key issues: Mr Nicolas Lampkin, University of Wales [ppt]
Closing remarks by Mr Franz Fischler
Programme of the conference [pdf]
For more information on the Action Plan please click on the logo: