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High-Level Conference

The European Commission organised a high-level conference on "Modern Biotechnologies in Agriculture – Paving the way for responsible innovation". This one-day conference took place in Brussels, Belgium, on Thursday 28 September 2017.

The conference stimulated an informed and open debate among all stakeholders on how the EU can benefit from modern biotechnologies and innovation in the food and agricultural sector while maintaining high safety standards. The participants were prominent European policy makers, relevant industry stakeholders, representatives of civil society, scientists, and government experts.

To watch a videorecording of this event, please click here(available until September 28 2018)


Agenda

  • 09.00 - 18.00 (Europe/Luxembourg)

    Speakers

    Vytenis Andriukaitis Janusz Bujnicki Tarmo Tamm Phil Hogan
    Vytenis Andriukaitis
    European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety
    Janusz Bujnicki
    Professor, Member of Commission's Scientific Advice Mechanism
    Tarmo Tamm
    Estonian Minister of Rural Affairs
    Phil Hogan
    European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development

    Conference Programme

    Morning Session

    Welcome speech:
    Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis

    Speeches:
    Minister Tarmo Tamm
    Professor Janusz Bujnicki

    Panel discussion and Q&A:
    Fostering Responsible Research and Innovation in Modern Biotechnologies – How to reap the benefits in the EU.

    Confirmed panellists:
    Martin Häusling, Member of the European Parliament,
    John Bell, Director, Bioeconomy, DG Research & Innovation, European Commission
    Janusz Bujnicki, Professor of Biology at the International Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology
    Julian Kinderlerer, Emeritus Professor of Intellectual Property Law
    Roald van Noort, Chairman of CRV Holding B.V.
    Ricarda Steinbrecher, Board Member of ENSSER
    Arjen van Tunen, CEO of Keygene

    Lunch Networking buffet lunch
    Afternoon Session

    Panel discussion and Q&A:
    Modern Biotechnologies in Agriculture and Societal Challenges – Realising opportunities and addressing concerns.

    Confirmed panellists:
    Phil Hogan, Member of the European Commission
    Paolo de Castro, Member of the European Parliament
    Angélique Delahaye, Member of the European Parliament
    Iris Bouwers, Vice President of European Council of Young Farmers
    Guy Kastler, European Coordination Via Campesina
    Nigel Moore, President of the European Seed Association
    Jan Plagge, Vice President of IFOAM-EU
    Camilla Udsen, Senior Food Adviser at Danish Consumer Council

    Panel discussion and Q&A:
    Finding a Common Way Forward – How to promote innovation and ensure safe use of modern biotechnologies in the EU.

    Confirmed panellists:
    Vytenis Andriukaitis, EU Commissioner for Health & Food Safety
    Jytte Guteland, Member of the European Parliament
    Jan Huitema, Member of the European Parliament
    Teresa Babuscio, Secretary General of Coceral
    Humberto Delgado Rosa, Director, Natural Capital, DG Environment, European Commission
    Jytte Guteland, Member of the European Parliament
    Jorgo Riss, Director of Greenpeace European Unit
    Christine Noiville, President of the French High Council for Biotechnology

    Closing remarks:
    Dagmar Roth-Behrendt, Special Adviser to Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis

    Photos from the conference

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    Further information:

Practical information

When
28 September 2017, 9.00 (CEST)
Where
Belgium