7th meeting of the EU Platform on Food Losses and Food Waste

Under the auspices of the Finnish Presidency to the Council of the EU, the Commission is organising, on 12 December 2019, a public conference dedicated to food loss and waste prevention. The event, held on occasion of the 7th meeting of the EU Platform on Food Losses and Food Waste, will help define the EU action agenda and path towards the global target of halving food waste by 2030. In an interactive format, speakers and audience will discuss the Platform’s recommendations for action in food loss and waste prevention, published on that day, and their role in mobilising EU action towards Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Target 12.3. In line with the integrated, holistic approach needed to tackle food waste, the Platform recommendations will address action required, at each stage of the food supply chain including food redistribution, and involving all key players from the public and private sectors.

The conference is open to all stakeholders active in food loss and waste prevention, interested to know more about and contribute to the EU’s work in this field. Given the limited capacity of the venue, we recommend that you register online for the event as soon as possible. The European Commission reserves the right to screen participation requests in order to ensure geographical balance and a fair representativeness of all stakeholder groups in the audience. For organisations that are not part of the EU Platform on Food Losses and Food Waste, participation in the event is limited to one person per organisation.

The deadline to register for the conference is 6 December 2019.


The event will be webstreamed and the recording will be available on the Commission’s Food waste website

Practical information

Thursday 12 December 2019, 10.00 (CET)
Albert Borschette Conference Centre
Rue Froissart 36
1040 Brussels

Who should attend
All stakeholders active in food loss and waste prevention


  • 08.30 - 20.00 (Europe/Luxembourg)

    Please note: this is currently a draft agenda. Details to be finalised

    Conference facilitated by external moderator/journalist


    08.30 – 10.00 Registration and welcome coffee

    Welcoming remarks

    10.00 – 10.15 Opening remarks by the Jaana Husu-Kallio, Permanent Secretary of the Minister of Agriculture and Forestry of Finlan

    10.15 – 10.30 Stella Kyriakides, Commissioner-designate for Health (tbc)

    Combatting food waste

    10.30 – 11.00 “Food loss and waste prevention – making the business case for people, business and our planet”, Keynote presentation by Dr Liz Goodwin, World Resources Institute

    11.00 – 11.30 “EU action to fight food loss and waste – what have we achieved and where are the challenges ahead?” by Sabine Jülicher, Director, Food and feed safety, innovation, DG SANTE and Chair of the EU Platform on Food Losses and Food Waste

    11.30 – 12.00 Presentation of the national Finnish food waste prevention programme by Minna Huttunen, Senior officer, Food policy, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry of Finland

    12.00 – 12.30 Q&A with audience

    12.30 – 13.00 Food Heroes Awards – introduction by Marjon Krol, Project leader Food Heroes and presentations by finalists – Naomi Smith (enVie), Wouter Bruins (In Ovo) and Axel Briere (Mussella)

    13.00 – 14.30 “No food waste” lunch

    EU Platform on Food Losses and Food Waste: recommendations for action in food loss and waste prevention

    14.30 – 16.30 Presentation of recommendations for action for each stage of the food supply chain (primary production, manufacturing, retail, hospitality/food service, consumption, food redistribution), as well as cross-cutting recommendations and discussion with audience

    Round table including:

    • Anette Toft, Chair of the working party on Foodstuff, Copa-Cogeca
    • Bruce Learner, Senior Manager, CSR and Partnerships, Kellogg Europe
    • Vic De Meester, Head Environmental Department, Colruyt Group
    • HOTREC
    • Ylva Haglund, Food Waste Campaigns Manager, Zero Waste Scotland
    • Jacques Vandenschrik, President, European Food Banks Federation
    • Anne-Laure Gassin, policy officer, DG SANTE E1 and Chair of the Platform’s Action & Implementation sub-group

    16.30 – 16.45 Coffee break

    16.45 – 17.45 Enabling food loss and waste prevention: role of public authorities

    Interactive round table discussion with:

    • Alexandra Nikolakopoulou, Head of Unit, SANTE E1, European Commission
    • Rosa Rolle, Team Leader, Food Loss and Waste, Nutrition and Food Systems Division, Food and Agriculture Organisation
    • Deputy Mayor Tine Heyse, Mayor for Environment, Climate, Energy and North-South of the City of Ghent
    • Anke Niederhaus, Head of Unit, Sustainable Nutrition, Reduction of Food Waste, Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Germany
    • Minna Huttunen, Senior officer, Food policy, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Finland
    • Marija Batinić Sermek, Head of Sector, Service for Food Quality and Food Information, Ministry of Agriculture, Croatia
    • Martijn Weijtens, Deputy Director, Plant Supply Chain and Food Quality, Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality, The Netherlands
    • Cécile Fèvre, Mission Leader Waste Prevention, Ministry for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition, France

    17.45 – 18.00 Closing address: “Moving forward towards SDG 12.3” – Anne Bucher, Director-General, Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety

    18.00 – 20.00 Networking drink