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Posted on: 13 January 2017

The 82nd International Green Week

International Green Week will take place from 20th to 29th of January 2017 in Berlin. It is a one-of-a-kind international exhibition of the food, agriculture and gardening industries; very popular with consumers and trade visitors.

IGW is also at the origin of the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA), where over 60 international ministries and food producers meet – their displays reveal the fascinating world of the food and beverage industries.

The IGW exhibition will host over 1450 exhibitors, including the European Commission,– where FOOD2030 will be represented by three FP7 R&D projects EARLYNUTRITION, EnReMilk and PERFORMANCE during the Science Day of 22 January 2017 at stand 147 Hall 3.2: Floor Plan.

Posted on: 22 December 2016

The FOREST EUROPE Expert Group on green jobs, education and training systems - kick-off meeting, Zvolen Slovakia

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The Expert Group on Green jobs, Education and Training systems to which the Commission will actively contribute has announced it's kick-off meeting in Zvolen (Slovakia) on 25-26 January 2017.

The FOREST EUROPE Expert Group on green jobs, education and training systems is established to enhance the role of sustainable forest management in a green economy and to exchange experience in education and training systems, defining requirements for green jobs in the forest sector, leading to preparation of guidelines on the promotion of green jobs.

Ministers responsible for forests committed themselves at the Madrid Ministerial Conference in October 2015 in the relation to social aspects of SFM and green jobs:

  • Promote a forest sector and its related value chain,
  • Adapt education and training systems to changing conditions, technologies and new skills required in the forest sector and beyond.
  • Promote social inclusion and efforts towards gender equality along the whole forest value chain.

The ministers also decided on following actions:

  • Develop guidelines on the promotion of green jobs in the forest sector in the region.
  • Exchange of knowledge and experience in education and training systems
  • Explore possibilities for applying gender mainstreaming to the pan-European activities mentioned in the previous two paragraphs.

In order to implement above mentioned action, FOREST EUROPE will enable dialogue and mobilise expert forum for exchanging experiences in education and training systems in the context of green economy as well as other requirements for green jobs in the forest sector. The Expert Group should focus mainly on best examples of policies and policy tools to strengthen employment in the forest sector including environmental and social aspects of these jobs. Moreover, the group should also aim at mechanisms for identification of new skills including cross-sectoral approaches in this field. The collection of best examples should be subsequently presented at a workshop and later serve as a base for development of pan-European guidelines for promotion of green jobs in the forest sector.

Posted on: 2 December 2016

Reducing food waste: the EU's response to a global challenge

Waste generated in the production, distribution and consumption of food became a significant concern in Europe: It is estimated that around 88 million tonnes of food are wasted annually in the EU – around 20% of all food produced – with related costs valued at 143 billion euros.

Since 2012, the Commission has engaged and worked actively to identify where food waste occurs in the food chain, where barriers to food waste prevention have been encountered and areas where actions are needed at EU level. This has laid the foundation for the elaboration of an integrated action plan to tackle food waste presented as part of the Circular Economy package. Two EU funded R&I projects, funded under FP7 KBBE and H2020 Societal Challenge 2, FUSIONS and REFRESH are playing a key role in supporting this Commission's action plan, which includes:

  • developing common EU methodology to measure food waste and defining relevant indicators (implementing act to be put forward following adoption of the Commission’s proposal to revise the Waste Framework Directive);
  • establishing an EU Platform on Food Losses and Food Waste, which brings together Member States and all actors of the food chain, to help define the measures needed to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals on food waste and share best practice and results achieved;
  • taking measures to clarify EU legislation relating to waste, food and feed, and facilitate food donation as well as the valorisation of former foodstuffs and by-products as animal feed without compromising food and feed safety;
  • examining ways to improve the use of date marking by actors of the food chain and its understanding by consumers, in particular the “best before” label.

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