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Summary

The 2021 EU Agricultural Outlook conference took place online on 9 and 10 December. The theme of this year’s event was ‘Fit for 2030 – resilient EU agri-food systems and rural areas’.

The conference examined what we expect global agricultural markets to look like in 2030, in light of the political and market uncertainty currently facing the agricultural sector. Will food systems be more resilient following the Covid-19 pandemic? Will the new common agricultural policy effectively encourage farmers across Europe to embrace the green transition?

Senior representatives from EU bodies and international organisations, farmers, agricultural experts and rural actors discussed these questions, as well as the broader medium-term outlook for agricultural markets, income and environment.

The EU Agricultural Outlook conference has become a successful annual event for broad exchanges among stakeholders on market prospects in agriculture, including the political framework and uncertainties surrounding market developments in the next 10 years. Each year the conference coincides with the release of the annual report on market prospects.

Keynote speech by Mr Janusz Wojciechowski

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Agenda

  • 9 Decembris: 10.00 - 10.05 (Europe/Brussels)

    DAY 1 – A long-term vision

    Introduction by the Master of Ceremonies, Brian Maguire

  • 9 Decembris: 10.05 - 10.30

    Session 1 – Opening

    The CAP fit for 2030

    Janusz Wojciechowski, European Commissioner for Agriculture

    The future of Europe: which role for farmers and the rural areas?

    Dubravka Šuica, Vice President of the European Commission for Democracy and Demography

  • 9 Decembris: 10.30 - 10.45

    Session 2 – Making peace with nature: solutions for a planet in crisis

    Keynote speech

    Inger La Cour Andersen, Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme

  • 9 Decembris: 10.45 - 11.00

    Coffee break

  • 9 Decembris: 11.00 - 11.30

    Session 3 – Setting the scene - the agricultural outlook in 2030

    Moderator: Tamsin Rose

    Presentation/Panel

    Highlights of the 2021 report "EU agricultural outlook for markets, income and environment 2021–31" and the global perspective

    Tassos Haniotis, Acting Deputy Director-General, Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development, European Commission

    Beth Bechdol, Deputy Director General, FAO

  • 9 Decembris: 11.30 - 13.00

    Session 4 – Resilient EU agri-food systems: the farmers’ point of view

    Moderator: Tamsin Rose

    Setting scene presentation

    How do we measure resilience in agri-food systems?

    Miranda Meuwissen, Professor, Wageningen University Research

    Short presentations/videos/inspiring examples

    Sharing experiences to improve resilience of agri-food systems

    Simon Vetter, Farmer, Vetterhof

    Morgan Ody, Farmer, Via Campesina ECVC

    Edina Ocsko, Coordinator of the Horizon 2020 FARMWELL Thematic Network

    Panel discussion

    Which are the key drivers to improve resilience of agri-food systems in the EU?

    Mihail Dumitru, Deputy Director-General, Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development, European Commission

    Agnieszka Maliszewska, General Director, Polish Chamber of Milk

    Cees Vermaan, Chair of the European Commission mission board ‘Soil, Health and Food’ and former Dutch Minister of Agriculture

    Francesca Hennig Possenti, Senior Lawyer at John Deere GmbH & Co. KG

  • 9 Decembris: 13.00 - 14.30

    Lunch break

  • 9 Decembris: 14.30 - 16.15

    Session 5 – Farming’s contribution to the “Fit for 55” package

    Moderator: Brian Maguire

    Setting the scene presentation

    14:30-14:45

    Farming and the climate neutrality objective

    Christian Holzleitner, Head of Unit at the European Commission, Directorate-General for Climate Action


    14:45-15:45

    Parallel Sessions

    5a) Climate neutral farming systems

    Moderator: Dave Keating

    Alan Belward, Head of Unit, Joint Research Centre, European Commission

    Doris Letina, Farmer and Vice President CEJA

    Katja Seidenschnur, Sustainability Director Europe, Middle East, North Africa at Nestle

    Pierre Bascou, Director at the European Commission, Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development

    5b) Bioeconomy

    Moderator: Tamsin Rose

    Barna Kovacs, Secretary General, BIOEAST

    Johanna Routa, Research Manager, Senior Scientist at LUKE, Natural Resources Institute Finland

    Carla de Carolis, International Biomass Expert, ITABIA – Italian Biomass Association

    Oana Neagu, Director of the General Affairs team at Copa Cogeca

    5c) Organics

    Moderator: Brian Maguire

    Jürn Sanders, Head of the Socio-Economic Department, FiBL

    Nathalie Sauze-Vandevyver, Director at the European Commission, Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development

    Kurt Sannen, Farmer and Chair of IFOAM Organics Europe’s Interest Group of Organic Farmers

    Peter Giørtz-Carlsen, Executive Vice President & CCO Europe, ARLA Foods

    5d) The role of trade

    Moderator: Shada Islam

    Petr Havlik, Research Leader, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)

    John Clarke, Director at the European Commission, Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development

    Ailish Campbell, Ambassador of Canada to the EU

    Marcel van der Vliet, President CELCAA

    Angus Woods, Irish beef farmer


    15:45-16:15

    Report from the 4 parallel sessions and panel discussion

    "Which contribution from the farming sector to the FIT for 55 package?"

    Moderator: Brian Maguire

    Commented by Pierre Bascou, Director at the European Commission, Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development

  • 9 Decembris: 16.15 - 16.30

    Concluding remarks

    Wolfgang Burtscher, Director-General at the European Commission, Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development

  • 10 Decembris: 09.15 - 09.20

    Day 2 – EU Agricultural Outlook by 2030

    Introduction by the Master of Ceremonies, Brian Maguire

  • 10 Decembris: 09.20 - 10.20

    Session 6 – General market situation

    Moderator: Brian Maguire

    Giampiero Genovese, Head of Unit, Joint Research Centre, European Commission

    Ondina Afonso, Chair of Continente Producers Club, Sonae

    Iulia Sima, Vice-President of Cooperative Agroplant Bio Grup de Producatori

    Sławomir Juszczyk, Professor, Warsaw University of Life Sciences

  • 10 Decembris: 10.20 - 11.30

    Session 7 – The agricultural outlook for arable crops and sugar

    Moderator: Tamsin Rose

    Pedro Gallardo Barrena, Farmer and Vice-President Copa

    Dangis Nekrasius, Economic and Policy Analyst at the European Commission, Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development

    Jaana Kleinschmit von Lengefeld, Chairwoman of the Management Board, ADM

    Jérôme Bignon, Trade & Economic Affairs Manager, Cristal Union

    Hémeline Macret, Oilseed desk manager, stratégiegrains/TALLAGE

    Session 8 – The agricultural outlook for specialised crops

    Moderator: Brian Maguire

    Frederic Rosseneu, Corporate Business Development Manager, Greenyard group

    Marijke van Schagen, Socio-Economic Analyst, Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development, European Commission

    Mireia Torres, Familia Torres, President Plataforma Tecnológica del Vino

    Franz Ennser, CEO, Austria Juice

    Juan Vilar Hernández, Strategic Consultant, Grupo Oleícola Jaén

  • 10 Decembris: 11.30 - 11.45

    Coffee break – Virtual networking break

  • 10 Decembris: 11.45 - 12.55

    Session 9 – The agricultural outlook for meat and dairy

    Moderator:Tamsin Rose

    Sinead Waters, Research Officer, TEAGASC

    Andrea Čapkovičová, Socio-Economic Analyst at the European Commission, Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development

    Frédéric Chausson, Director of Public Affairs and External Relations, Sodiaal

    Miguel Angel Higuera, Director, Anprogapor

  • 10 Decembris: 12.55 - 13.00

    Concluding remarks

    Tassos Haniotis, Acting Deputy Director-General at the European Commission, Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development

Practical information

When
9 December 2021, 10.00 - 10 December 2021, 13.00 (CET)

Languages
English, French, German, Italian, Polish, Spanish
Who should attend
Agriculture stakeholders

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