The European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) is developing a sectoral reference document on best environmental
management practice in the agriculture – crop and animal production sector. Within this framework, the JRC established a European
technical working group (TWG), comprising of experts in different aspects of environment and agriculture, to assist the European
Commission in identifying these best practices and then validate the final findings. Minutes of the kick-off meeting of the technical
working group, held on the 14-15 October 2013 in Brussels, are presented in this report. The meeting allowed analysing and
discussing the first draft of a background document which will be used to develop the final sectoral reference document.