Participation of Antonio Tajani, to the Forum on Eco-innovation, in Hanoi: extracts from the press conference with Timo Mäkelä
Hanoi - Hilton Hotel
Antonio Tajani, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Industry and Entrepreneurship, went on a Mission for Growth in South East Asia in November 2013 with a delegation of 100 enterprises and representatives of associations of EU companies.
On 13 November, he participated in the European Forum on Eco-innovation in Hanoi, Vietnam. The event, entitled "Cutting waste… Resource efficiency and eco-innovation for sustainable food chains", gathered European and Asian actors from the private and public sectors, technical institutions and intermediaries working with small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), to better understand the impact of food waste and the potential of resource efficiency and eco-innovation measures to create new business opportunities, as well as positive environmental and social benefits along the entire supply chain, with a particular focus on processing, packaging and retailing.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Exterior view of the Hilton Hotel in Hanoi, Vietnam
||Banner "EcoAP: Eco-Innovation Action Plan, for a sustainable future"
||SOUNDBITE by Antonio Tajani, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Industry and Entrepreneurship, (in ENGLISH) saying that, for the EU, innovation is crucial; innovation means competitiveness; innovation is important for the European companies, and eco-innovation is at the centre of the strategy.
||Cutaway of photographer
||SOUNDBITE by Antonio Tajani (in ENGLISH) saying that the EU wants to take care of the environment and wants to cooperate with other countries on that issue.
||Cutaway of cameramen
||SOUNDBITE by Antonio Tajani (in ENGLISH) saying that the EU wants to work with Vietnam on climate change, resource efficiency and biodiversity
||General view of the conference
||SOUNDBITE by Antonio Tajani (in ENGLISH) saying that eco-innovation is also an opportunity for businesses; the EU wants to boost the cooperation between European and Vietnamese companies in this sector; the European Commission presents an eco-innovation Action Plan for a sustainable future. (2 shots)
||SOUNDBITE by Timo Mäkelä, Director of the "Global and Regional Challenges, LIFE" Directorate at the Environment DG of the EC, (in ENGLISH) saying that this eco-innovation Forum focused on food, food industry and agro industry; there have been European presentations in three areas in particular: food processing industry, packaging and services in this sector; the conference has shown that there are opportunities for European businesses and Vietnamese businesses to work together because the issue is very important; there is a global shortage of food and it is going to get worse if nothing is done; businesses play an important role; European businesses are really ready to work with Vietnamese businesses to show the way on sustainable food production in the future.
||Cutaway of a cameraman
||SOUNDBITE by Antonio Tajani (in ENGLISH) saying that the EU is working on a free trade agreement with Vietnam; they would like to achieve that goal by the end of 2014; it is possible; there are some problems but he is optimistic.
||Cutaways of the press conference (2 shots)
||Brokerage event (7 shots)