The 10th meeting of the EU Platform on Food Losses and Food Waste will be held virtually and will provide the opportunity to discuss recent developments in food loss and waste prevention across the EU, as well as on an international level.
The meeting will kick-start with an opening statement by EU Commissioner for Health and Food Safety Stella Kyriakides, followed by a discussion on the re-establishment of the Platform for a new mandate, as of 2022. Member States and private sector organisations will also take the floor to present concrete initiatives that demonstrate how the work of the Platform and its recommendations for action, adopted in 2019, supported their activity on the ground.
The Commission will provide an update on its work on date marking activities as well as on food waste measurement and setting of EU-level targets for food waste reduction (flagship actions under the food waste strand of the Farm to Fork Strategy). Platform members will also share best practices in these areas.
International organisations will update the Platform on recent developments at global level, such as the publication of the Food Waste Index by the United Nations Environment Programme, the development of a Voluntary Code of Conduct for Food Loss and Waste Reduction by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and work carried out on “game changers” to reduce food waste in preparation of the United Nations Food Systems Summit 2021.
Last but not least, the agenda includes presentations from the Commission on the development of the EU Code of Conduct for sustainable business practices under the Farm to Fork Strategy, as well as on support to food waste prevention initiatives offered through the EU’s LIFE Programme.
The meeting will be chaired by Nathalie Chaze, Director, Food sustainability, international relations, and will be held exclusively in English; translation will not be provided in the context of this virtual meeting.
Interested stakeholders can follow the discussions live via webstreaming. The recording and the presentations will be published on the European Commission’s food waste website shortly after the meeting takes place.
- 18 March: 10.00 - 10.20 (Europe/Brussels)
Technical start (participants connect to the meeting through WebEx Events; technical assistance is provided as needed)
- 18 March: 10.20 - 10.30
Introduction by the Chair
- 18 March: 10.30 - 10.45
Opening statement by Commissioner Stella Kyriakides – Health and Food Safety
- 18 March: 10.45 - 11.00
Re-establishing the EU Platform: update on process and timeline, presentation by the Commission and discussion with members
- 18 March: 11.00 - 12.30
How has the Platform and its recommendations supported your work on the ground? Introduction by the Commission and discussion with members
- Interventions from Member States
- Lithuania, intervention by Eglė Petrokienė, Adviser of Food Division, State Food and Veterinary Service
- Croatia, intervention by Marija Batinić Sermek, Head of Service, Food Quality and Food Information, Ministry of Agriculture
- Germany, intervention by Dr. Anke Niederhaus, Head of Unit, Sustainable Nutrition, Reduction of Food Waste, Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture
- Interventions from private sector organisations
- FEBA, intervention by Angela Frigo, Secretary General
- HOTREC, intervention by Marta Machado, Deputy Director General
- Zero Waste Scotland, intervention by Iain Clunie, Food and Drink Programme Manager
- Discussion with members
- Interventions from Member States
- 18 March: 12.30 - 13.30
- 18 March: 13.30 - 13.50
Update on EU date marking activities by the Commission and exchange with members
- 18 March: 13.50 - 14.10
Insights on household food waste, including role of date marking: findings from a consumer survey in Sweden, presentation by Karin Fritz, Swedish Food Agency, Project leader for the Government Commission in Reducing Food Waste
- 18 March: 14.10 - 14.40
Update on the development of the Code of Conduct for sustainable business practices, presentation by the Commission and discussion with members
- 18 March: 14.40 - 15.10
Update on the development of the Voluntary Code of Conduct for Food Loss and Waste Reduction, presentation by Divine Njie, Deputy Director, Food Systems and Food Safety, FAO and discussion with members
- 18 March: 15.10 - 15.20
- 18 March: 15.20 - 15.45
Update on EU food waste measurement activities and work on setting EU-level targets by the Commission and exchange with members
- 18 March: 15.45 - 16.00
Measurement in support of food waste policy, presentation by Daniëlle Kretz, Team Coordinator for ‘Sustainable Food’ of the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality
- 18 March: 16.00 - 16.30
Presentation of UNEP Food Waste Index Report 2021 and SDG Target 12.3 Reporting, by Clementine O’Connor, Programme Officer, Sustainable Food Systems, United Nations Environment Programme and discussion with members
- 18 March: 16.30 - 17.00
Preparations for the UN Food Systems Summit 2021: Food waste workstream and “game changers”, presentation by Dr. Liz Goodwin, Senior Fellow and Director, Food Loss and Waste, World Resources Institute (WRI) and discussion with members
- 18 March: 17.00 - 17.30
EU LIFE Programme funding for food waste reduction and prevention initiatives, presentation by Angelo Salsi, Head of Unit, LIFE & CIP eco-innovation, Executive Agency for SMEs (EASME)
Publication on green practices in the food sector, presentation by Guido Lena, Director for Sustainable Development, SMEunited
- 18 March: 17.30 - 17.45
Conclusions and wrap-up by the Chair