The European Commission will be present for the first time at the Salone Internazionale del Gusto in Turin, a fact that will be marked by the visit of Commissioner Dacian Cioloş who is going to inaugurate the fair. On the stand of the European Commission an action-packed programme is offered to visitors throughout the five-day event.
After delivering a speech at the opening ceremony, Commissioner Cioloş will meet with young farmers at the EU stand to debate the Common Agricultural Policy after 2013. The Commissioner takes particular interest in issues of quality and will be tabling proposals on quality policy before the end of the year.
The debate is one of many events and presentations which the Directorate General for Agriculture and Rural Development of the European Commission is organising at its stand in Hall 5 Lingotto Fiere. There will be a presentation on rural development and other events will focus on the possibilities of EU funding in the development of local quality production as well as a presentation of the new EU-organic logo. The speakers will provide inspiring examples of concrete and successful Italian cases and Enrico Croatti, Chef of the Dolomièu Restaurant in Madonna di Campiglio and Stefano Ciotti, Chef of the Vicolo Santa Lucia Restaurant in Cattolica, will prepare delicious tastings in an on-stage cooking demonstration.
European Commission officials will be available on the stand to answer questions related to agricultural and rural development policy in general and in particular to quality, organic farming and rural development. Another important aspect present on the stand will be the School Fruit Scheme and the School Milk Scheme, linking with the educational aspect of the Salone, which welcomes around 3000 pupils from Italian schools each year.
As an entertaining aspect of the stand, there will be games, quizzes and activities for visitors of all ages who wish to test their knowledge of agriculture and the EU in general and win a prize.