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The 11th meeting of the EU Platform on Food Losses and Food Waste will be held virtually. This is the last meeting of the current Platform before its re-establishment with a new membership, starting 2022. The meeting will provide the opportunity to take stock of the achievements in food loss and waste prevention at EU level in the Platform’s five years of mandate (2016-2021) and discuss on-going and planned work.

The meeting will kick-start with an opening statement by EU Commissioner for Health and Food Safety Stella Kyriakides.

The Commission will give an update on its on-going food waste prevention work and update members on the feedback received through the consultation launched via the Have Your Say portal on the setting of legally binding targets to reduce food waste in the EU, a flagship initiative of the Farm to Fork Strategy. The Platform will also discuss on-going and future projects, such as the European Consumer Food Waste Forum, a multi-disciplinary forum bringing together researchers and practitioners to work together to find solutions and develop tools to help reduce consumer food waste.

Platform members will also discuss the EU Code of Conduct on Responsible Food Business and Marketing Practices and its related food loss and waste commitments as well as global developments following the UN Food Systems Summit and the implementation of the Food is Never Waste coalition in the EU.

Platform members representing key stages of the food supply chain (primary production, manufacturing, retail, hospitality/food services, consumers), including food donation, will take the floor to present food waste prevention actions taken in their sectors. They will also comment on the implementation of the key recommendations for action in food waste prevention formulated by the Platform in 2019.

Watch the live webstreaming of the event.

The meeting is chaired by Ms. Nathalie Chaze, Director, Food sustainability, international relations.


Agenda

  • 18 November: 09.00 - 16.30 (Europe/Brussels)
    • 09.00 - 09.30 (Europe/Brussels)

      Technical start (participants connect to the meeting through WebEx; technical assistance is provided as needed)

    • 09.30 - 09.40

      Introduction by the Chair

    • 09.40 - 09.50

      Opening statement by Commissioner Stella Kyriakides - Health and Food Safety

    • 09.50 - 10.05

      EU Platform on Food Losses and Food Waste: taking stock, looking forward - Ms. Alexandra Nikolakopoulou, Head of Unit, Farm to Fork Strategy (DG SANTE D1)

    • 10.05 - 10.50

      Setting EU-level food waste reduction targets - update by the Commission and exchange with members.  

    • 10.50 - 11.20

      EU actions to reduce food loss and waste - update by the Commission and exchange with members.

    • 11.20 - 11.40

      Coffee break

    • 11.40 - 12.00

      EU Code of Conduct on Responsible Food Business and Marketing Practices - presentation by Dirk Jacobs, Deputy Director General FoodDrinkEurope. Exchange with members.

    • 12.00 - 12.40

      Global developments in food loss and waste prevention following the UN Food Systems Summit - presentation by Dr Liz Goodwin, Senior Fellow and Director, Food Loss and Waste, World Resources Institute. Exchange with members on how to optimise global exchange.

      For discussion: How can we best follow-up on the implementation of the Food is Never Waste coalition in the EU? What would members wish to see from global collaboration? What would stop members from wanting to engage in wider collaboration? Any views on how to coordinate efforts building on existing networks?

    • 12.40 - 13.00

      Food loss and waste in Flanders: New Action Plan Circular Food Loss and Biomass (Residual) Flows 2021-2025 - presentation by Ann Braekevelt, Project Leader, Public Waste Agency of Flanders, Belgium

    • 13.00 - 14.30

      Lunch break

    • 14.30 - 16.20

      Implementing the Platform’s recommendations for action in food waste prevention: actions taken throughout the food supply chain - presentations by the Commission and COPA COGECA, FoodDrinkEurope, EuroCommerce, HOTREC, Zero Waste Scotland, FEBA. Exchange with members.

      For discussion: In your opinion, what are the needs and opportunities related to prevention/reduction of food loss and waste in your sectors? What tools can help achieve these objectives and how can the Platform further support such actions in its new mandate?

    • 16.20 - 16.30

      Conclusions and wrap-up by the Chair

Practical information

When
18 November 2021, 9.30 - 16.30 (CET)
Where
Belgium