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The formal participation agreement for the European Pavilion in the World Expo 2015 was signed today in Milan in the presence of the President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso and the Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta.
The EU exhibition will illustrate the EU's key role in global food security in line with the EXPO theme "Feeding the Planet: Energy for Life". On 1.500 square meters the EU space will showcase how EU policies address this world-wide challenge. Feeding the planet entails more than just food supply. It requires well-functioning market and trading systems, clear standards on food safety while respecting the global environment, human rights and guaranteeing peace. This edition of the Expo aims to become a milestone of planetary debate on food and sustainability and will be a platform for political discussions and policy initiatives on these issues. In this context, the EU theme statement will be: "Growing Europe's Future Together for a Better World". Connecting with the themes of the Expo, it will involve the visitor in the development of a sustainable future for Europe and the world.
The participation agreement was signed by JRC Director David Wilkinson, Commissioner General to the World Exhibition in Milan 2015 for the European Commission and by Giuseppe Sala, Commissioner of the Government of Italy for Expo Milano 2015 and by the General Commissioner for the Italian Pavilion Diana Bracco.
The JRC has been chosen to coordinate the participation of the European Commission to the Milan Expo because of its strong scientific and technical competence in the Expo theme and the proximity of JRC's Ispra site to Milan.