Today in Milan, the EU officially presented its future pavilion for Expo Milano 2015. In line with Expo's theme "Feeding the planet, energy for life", the pavilion will tell a “field to fork” story which will guide the visitors.
Through two fictional characters – Alex and Sylvia, a farmer and a researcher – visitors will learn about the EU's history, current food policies and promising cutting edge technologies. The objective is to raise awareness about the challenge of food security, which can only be achieved through cooperation between countries and regions as well as between science and agriculture. The story also emphasises how the implementation of EU initiatives has led to a more efficient food supply chain.
The JRC coordinates the EU's institutional participation in the Expo on behalf of the European Commission – under the motto "Growing Europe's future together for a better world". The EU pavilion will also host a series of policy and scientific events and conferences to further contribute to the debate on food and sustainability. Other events will be held throughout the Expo site and at the JRC site in Ispra, 50 km northwest from Milan.