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"Health check and future perspectives of the CAP: Challenges for agriculture - A day of scientific dialogue"

"Health check and future perspectives of the CAP: Challenges for agriculture - A day of scientific dialogue"

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"Health check and future perspectives of the CAP: Challenges for agriculture - A day of scientific dialogue"

XII. Congress of the European Association of Agricultural Economists - Brussels Session

Brussels, 28 August 2008

The XII. Congress of European Agricultural Economists (EAAE) took place in Gent from Tuesday, 26 August, to Friday, 29 August 2008. This triennial congress - for the first time in the history of the EAAE organised in Belgium - welcomed more than 800 delegates from all over Europe and even outside to discuss problems and challenges of European agriculture. Under the title: "People, food and environments: Global trends and European challenges" more than 500 contributions were presented during the four day event on the present problems of increasing food and commodity prices, the expected food- and non-food contributions of agriculture and the challenges and strategies with respect to agricultural and environmental policies, rural development, international trade, agri-business and consumers.

Important subjects discussed in plenary sessions were the challenges posed by the growing Asian markets, the prices of food products, institutional problems with respect to agri-environment, policies for obesity and other food related health problems, possible strategies for food differentiation, the problem of biotechnology and the debate with respect to bio-energy.

The official opening of the Congress on Tuesday was preceded by four symposia among the most important an agro-business event on the problem of food prices and volatility of commodity markets. The opening ceremony in the presence of the Minister-President of the Flemish Government and Minister of Agriculture Kris Peeters took place on Tuesday, 26 August.

On Thursday 28 August (afternoon), all delegates were expected in Brussels for a session organised by the European Commission on the future challenges for agriculture and the common agricultural policy.

 

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Proceedings of the Brussels session, 28 August 2008

Chairman: John Bensted Smith, Director responsible for Economic analysis, perspectives and evaluation, Directorate General for Agriculture and Rural Development

  • 15:00 - 15:15
    Presentation of the Health Check, Klaus-Dieter Borchardt, Deputy Head of Cabinet of Commissioner Fischer Boel
  • 15:15 - 15:45
    Questions and Answers, Klaus-Dieter Borchardt
  • 17:05 - 17:15
    Opening of discussion , Eirik Romstad, President EAAE
  • 17:15 - 18:15
    Debate under guidance of the chairman
  • 18:15 - 18:25
    Conclusions by the chairman