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Where & when : 27-28 February 2012, Brussels

Context: 'Better Training for Safer Food' programme

Participants: Food control authorities, police forces, judicial bodies, other stakeholders from across the EU.

Commissioners Semeta (Taxation & Customs) and Dalli (Health & Consumers) will respectively open and close the event.

Aims:

  • Exchange experience and good practice on the legal and judicial instruments, and ways to improve them;
  • Reinforce current information networks, control and traceability procedures;
  • Improve coordination between all actors, and develop strategies for combating food-related crime;
  • Promote regular meetings with national authorities and the establishment of cells for specific food-crime areas at national level;
  • Raise awareness of the problem also with the public to prompt vigilance when shopping.

Structure - 3 sessions on:

  1. Setting the real nature of the problem;
  2. Ensuring a better detection;
  3. Optimising police and judicial investigations at EU level.

DAY 1: 27 February 2012

14:30 – 14:45 Opening remarks
- Algirdas Ĺ emeta, European Commissioner for Taxation, Customs, Anti-fraud and Audit

Session I: Setting the real nature of the problem
Chair: Ladislav Miko, Deputy Director-General for the food Chain, DG Health and Consumers

14:45 - 15:00 Food: a new sector of interest for organised crime in the EU
- Sonia Alfano, European Parliament, Rapporteur on organised crime in the EU

15:00 - 15:15 The role of the European Observatory on Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights
- Arthur Forbes, Unit "Fight against counterfeiting and piracy", DG Internal Market PDF

15:15 - 16:00 Types and mechanisms - Experience from food safety authorities
- Stijn Adriaenssen, Agence Fédérale pour la Sécurité de la Chaîne Alimentaire, Belgium PDF
- Peter Wallner, Bayerisches Landesamt für Gesundheit und Lebensmittelsicherheit, Germany PDF

16:00 - 16:50 Types and mechanisms - Experience from law enforcement authorities
- Colonel Manin / Colonel Monteil, Office Central de Lutte contre les Atteintes à l'Environnement et à la Santé Publique, France PDF
- Sergio Tirro, Nucleo Antisofisticazioni Sanità, Italy PDF

16:50 - 17:15 Types and mechanisms - Experience from judicial authorities
- Raffaele Guariniello, Sostituto Procuratore della Procura della Repubblica di Torino, Italy

17:15 - 18:00 Debate with speakers - Questions and Answers
Conclusions

DAY 2: 28 February 2012

Session II: Ensuring a better detection
Chair: Eric Poudelet, Director "Safety of the food chain", DG Health and Consumers

09:30 - 09:45 Tracing risky foods throughout the EU - existing tools
- Eric Poudelet, Director "Safety of the food chain", DG Health and Consumers PDF

09:45 - 10:45 Controlling all stages of the food chain - existing mechanisms
- Tim Smith, Chief Executive, Food Standards Agency, United Kingdom PDF
- André Evers, Food and Veterinary Office, DG Health and Consumers PDF
- Jean-Louis Gérard, Sous-directeur, Direction Générale de la concurrence, de la consommation et de la répression des fraudes, France PDF
- Maria Ortega Monllor, Jefa de Dependencia, Aduanas de Tenerife, Spain PDF

10:45 - 11:00 Administrative cooperation and assistance - existing mechanisms
- Alexandra Nikolakopoulou, Deputy Head of Unit "Nutrition, food composition and information", DG Health and Consumers PDF

11:00 - 11:45 Detecting fraudulent food practices and coordination of information flows- existing mechanisms
- Marc Wils, Unit "Trade Customs Fraud", European Anti-Fraud Office PDF
- Jürgen Marke, Unit "Operational Analysis & Forensics", European Anti-Fraud Office PDF

11:45 - 12:30 Debate with speakers - Questions and Answers

DAY 2: 28 February 2012

Session III: Optimising police and judicial investigations at EU level
Chair: Olivier TELL, Head of Unit "Procedural Criminal Law", DG Justice

14:15 - 14:35 A possible Convention at international level
- Kristian Bartholin, "Action against crime" Department, Council of Europe PDF

14:35 - 15:20 Reinforcing cooperation in investigating food-related crime
- Bérengère Dréno, Europol / Simone Di Meo, Interpol PDF- Christian Tournié, Unit "Fight against organised crime", DG Home Affairs PDF

15:20 - 16:00 A better use of legal, procedural and judicial tools at disposal
- Flavie Le Sueur, Procureur / Benjamin Le Chatelier, Assistant spécialisé, Pôle "Santé publique",Tribunal de Grande Instance de Paris, France PDF
- Gualtiero Michelini, Unit "Procedural Criminal Law", DG Justice PDF

16:00 - 16:45 Debate with speakers - Questions and Answers

16:45 - 16:50 Conclusions - Ways for improving the fight against food-related crime
- Eric Poudelet, Director "Safety of the food chain", DG Health and Consumers PDF

16:50 - 17:00 Closing remarks
- John Dalli, European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy PDF

 
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