In the framework of the Belgian Presidency of the Council of the European Union,
the Representation of Flanders and Think Tank EUROPA have the pleasure of inviting you to a conference on
The future of agriculture in the EU
assessing the state of agri-food policy and what could lie ahead for the next Commission
On 21 February from 15:00 to 16:15
in Langelinie Pavillonen
The conference will be followed by a networking reception at
Langelinie Pavillonen, Langelinie 10, 2100 Copenhagen Ø
Please register forRSVP by 19 February to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Belgian Presidency of the Council of the European Union – which kicked-off on January 1st, 2024 – not only comes at the tail-end of a hectic mandate for the European Commission in the agri-food policy space, but it also sits squarely in the run-up to the European Parliamentary elections.
The European Green Deal and especially its flagship Farm-to-Fork strategy have been subject to growing political contestation in the past years with a series of nail-biting votes on topics ranging from nature restoration to sustainable use of pesticides.
Meanwhile, the EU’s 2040 emission reduction target is fast approaching and there’s a perception that the agri-food sector needs to do more to pull its weight when it comes to reducing emissions.
Together, the Representation of Flanders and Think Tank EUROPA will take stock of the green transition in the agri-food sector and ask a group of experts what they think lies in stall for the coming Commission.
15:00 – 15:05 INTRODUCTION
By Dries Willems, General Representative of Flanders in the Nordic Countries, The Embassy of Belgium in Denmark
15:05 – 15:20 MODERATED CONVERSATION:
The Belgian Presidency – priorities, perspectives, and take-aways from the Ghent symposium on the future of agriculture in the EU.
With Patricia De Clercq, Secretary General, Flanders Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
15:20 – 16:10 PANEL DEBATE and Q&A:
The future of agriculture in the EU — assessing the state of agri-food policy and what could lie ahead for the next Commission.
Riyong Kim, Head of Programme for Sustainability Transitions, European Environmental Agency
Nis Christensen, Deputy Permanent Secretary, Danish Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries
Patricia De Clercq, Secretary General, Flanders Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
Niels Peter Nørring, Director for Climate, Sustainability, the Environment, and the EU, Danish Food and Agricultural Council
Isabel Paliotta, Policy Officer for Sustainable Food Systems, European Environmental Bureau
16:10 – 16:15 CONCLUDING REMARKS
With Dries Willems, General Representative of Flanders in the Nordic Countries, The Embassy of Belgium in Denmark
16:15 – 17:15 Networking & Refreshments
Moderator: Ditte Brasso Sørensen, Senior Analyst and Head of Analysis and Programming, Think Tank EUROPA