The theme of the 2015 edition of the Expo is "Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life". It is meant to become a milestone of planetary debate on the issues related to food and sustainability.
Why is the EU at the Expo Milano 2015?
The EU leads the way in terms of promoting quality food and ensuring food security and safety and environmental sustainability.
As a global player in the debate on food and sustainability, the European Union (EU) should seek to reinforce its position, highlight its achievements and, most importantly, take this opportunity to work towards finding common solutions to these issues with other international organisations, countries and private stakeholders.
While the Expo will undoubtedly be an occasion for international collaboration on global food topics, it will also, with its 20 million expected visitors on site and millions of online visitors, be a platform to reach out to European and international citizens, thereby promoting a positive understanding of EU policies and paving the way to a more interactive approach to policy development.
What is the role of agriculture?
The Expo theme "Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life" is highly relevant for agriculture and the Common Agricultural Policy.
The CAP is indeed a link between the expectations of EU citizens for agriculture, and the needs of EU farmers facing economic and environmental challenges. It is an investment of the European Union in a strategic sector in terms of food, environment and economic growth in rural areas.
The CAP has short, medium and long term tools to secure the capacity of the EU agricultural sector to produce quality food for more than 500 million consumers, enhance the sectorâs economic and ecological sustainability, and maintain the diversity of the EU countryside, traditions and farming practices. It aims at:
- Ensuring a reliable supply of healthy, affordable food
- Making agriculture greener and more efficient
- Revitalising the countryside and its rural communities
The CAP is essential to protect the future of farming and food security in Europe and is therefore a central topic for the presence of the EU at Expo Milano.
Both in the animation proposed to the Expo visitors as via an elaborated programme of workshops and seminars addressed at stakeholders, agriculture and the CAP will be at the core of the debates at Expo Milano 2015.