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Anniversary event

The European Commission is organising an anniversary event to mark the 15 years of the General Food Law (Regulation (EC) No 178/2002). This event will take place on 27 November 2017, from 9:00 to 13:00, in the Bibliothèque Solvay, Parc Leopold, Rue Belliard 137, 1000 Brussels, Belgium. It will be followed by a lunch reception.

The purpose of the event is to take stock of the benefits of the General Food Law as a sound basis for the Internal Market and international trade, the safeguards in place, the role of science and the challenges it is exposed to in terms of trust of citizens and consumers. The event would also inform a debate whether in terms of objectives, other considerations beyond those related to safety could complement the General Food Law as part of an integrated EU food policy.

The participants will be prominent European policy makers, relevant industry stakeholders, representatives of civil society and government experts.

Speakers include:

Vytenis Andriukaitis
Vytenis Andriukaitis
European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety
Bernhard Url
Bernhard Url
Executive Director, European Food Safety Authority

Agenda

  • 09.00 - 13.00 (Europe/Brussels)

    Preliminary programme

    9.00

    Registration and welcome coffee

    10.00 

    Welcome by Sabine Jülicher, Director for Food and feed safety, innovation, DG SANTE, European Commission

    Opening video

    Opening remarks:

    Jim Murray, former Director General of BEUC and former Member of the High Level Group on Administrative Burdens
     

    Presentation

    Results of the Fitness Check of the General Food Law
    by Ladislav Miko, Deputy Director General for Food Safety, DG SANTE, European Commission

    Speech:

    Consumer trust in safe food
    by Monique Goyens, Director General, BEUC

    First panel discussion and Q&A:

    Risk assessment – assets of the current system and challenges

    Confirmed panellists:

    Bernhard Url

    Executive Director, European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)

    Roger Genet

    Director General, French agency for food, environmental and occupational health and safety (ANSES)

    Reiner Wittkowski

    Vice President, German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR)

    Pamela Byrne

    Chief Executive Officer, Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI)

    Herman Diricks

    Chief Executive Officer, Belgian Federal Agency for the Safety of the Food Chain (FAVV/AFSCA)

    Ms Annemiek
    Van Bolhuis

    Director Public Health and Health Services at RIVM


    Moderator:
    Michael Scannell



    Director for Food chain: stakeholder and international relations, DG SANTE, European Commission

    Speech:

    EU food safety rules as a basis for competitiveness in the Internal Market and in international trade
    by Attilio Zanetti,  Managing Director, Zanetti S.p.a. , Member of the Presidium of the European Dairy Association (EDA)

    Contribution:

    Food safety and sustainability
    by "New Generation Food Law" (Clemens Comans, Antonia Corini, Neli Sochirca)

    Second panel discussion and Q&A:

    Risk management at the EU level – science-based and politically responsive?

    Confirmed panellists:

    Vytenis Andriukaitis

    European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety

    Indrek Halliste

    Director General of the Food and Veterinary Board of Estonia, Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union

    Bart Staes

    Member of the European Parliament

    Colin McIff

    Director, Europe Office, U.S. Food and Drug Administration


    Moderator:
    Sabine Jülicher



    Director for Food and feed safety, innovation, DG SANTE, European Commission

    Closing remarks:

    Ladislav Miko Deputy Director General, DG SANTE, European Commission

    13.00

    Networking buffet lunch

    Registration and practical information

    Please register your interest to attend the conference. Since the places are limited, registrations exceeding the number of places available may not be accepted. Therefore your registration is only confirmed when you receive a confirmation email within two weeks from the date of registration. Acceptance of registration is at the sole discretion of the organising committee.

    The conference will be held in English.

    The conference is free to attend. Coffee, lunch and refreshments are provided by the Commission at the venue.

    Please read the specific privacy statement for this conference.

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Practical information

When
27 November 2017, 9.00 (CET)
Where
Bibliothèque Solvay
Parc Leopold, Rue Belliard 137
1000 Brussels
Belgium

Languages
English