Special Focus on New Member States

Friday, May 30, 2008
09:00 - 17:30 (CET)

This particular conference was organised specifically to respond to the need of the New Member States on the main challenges facing the sector, namely food and environmental security.

This particular conference was organised specifically to respond to the need of the New Member States on the main challenges facing the sector, namely food and environmental security. Farmers, rural businesses and landowners shall be allowed to carry out their tasks whilst ensuring that they fulfill vital needs which will not adversely affect biodiversity. Modern farming is inextricably linked to environmental protection and the enhancement of local economies and communities.

Speakers included Mark THOMASIN-FOSTER, former President of the ELO who focused on whether the balance between environmental and food security can indeed be achieved. Furthermore, Bernard GRACIET, Director of the Syngenta office in Brussels presented various case studies which demonstrated the importance of bringing production and the environment together. Finally, another key speaker of this conference was Winifried BLUM, President of the European Confederation of Soil Science Societies who provided a scientific perspective

Agenda

May 30, 2008

09:00 - 17:30 (CET)

09:00 - 10:00 (CET)

Registration & Welcome Coffee

10:00 - 10:30 (CET)

Introduction

Introduction by the Chair
Tadeusz DRAB, Vice- Marechal of Lower Silesia

Keynote address
Andrzej DYCHA, Under-Secretary of Polish Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development

10:30 - 10:45 (CET)

Is the objective for European Agriculture Food, or Environmental Security, or both?

Agriculture & the question of food security.

Marek BARYLKO, President of Federation of Union of Agricultural EmployersTenants and Land Owners of Lower Silesia

10:45 - 11:00 (CET)

How can the balance between environmental and food security be achieved?

Mark THOMASIN- FOSTER, President of ELO

11:00 - 11:15 (CET)

Case studies: bringing production and the environment together

Bernard GRACIET, Director of the Brussels Office of Syngenta

11:15 - 11:30 (CET)

Perspective from the scientific world

Winfried BLUM, President European Confederation of Soil Science Societies (ECSSS),

11:30 - 11:45 (CET)

Case study from the region: point of view of a local farmer.

11:45 - 12:15 (CET)

Plenary debate

12:15 - 13:30 (CET)

Lunch

13:30 - 13:45 (CET)

What does Europe need from agriculture?

Perspective from the environment.

Marcus GILLEARD, Birdlife UK

13:45 - 14:00 (CET)

Perspective from the agri-food industry.

Representative of CARGILL

14:00 - 14:15 (CET)

Perspective from the biotechnology industry.

Daniel RAHIER, Europabio

14:15 - 14:30 (CET)

Funding for agriculture.

Mariusz LEGOWSKI, European Commission DG Agriculture, (tbc)

14:30 - 14:45 (CET)

Plenary debate

14:45 - 15:00 (CET)

Can agriculture deliver what Europe needs?

Future of agriculture and the question of food security.

Czeslaw SIEKIERSKI, Member of European Parliament

15:00 - 15:15 (CET)

Do we have the natural resources: animal production sector dilemmas.

Piotr NOWAKOWSKI, Uniwersytet Przyrodniczy in Wroclaw

15:15 - 15:30 (CET)

Do we have the adapted policy: the possibility to realise a sustainable development in the agriculture on the example of Lower Silesia.

Danuta PARYLAK, Barbara KUTKOWSKA, Uniwerystet Przyrodniczy in Wroclaw

15:30 - 15:45 (CET)

Do we have the necessary tools: farming equipment example

Henryk JAKUBOWSKI, Business Director, New Holland

15:45 - 16:20 (CET)

Plenary debate

16:20 - 16:45 (CET)

Coffee break

16:45 - 17:15 (CET)

Can we make the political case for food and environmental security?

Round table

Perspective from the New Members States.
Olavi PETRON, Permanent Representation of Estonia to EU

Perspective of the society.
Journalist from Apra Newspaper

Perspective of the rural development point of view.
Josef PARENTE, ERSFA

Perspective of the upcoming Presidency.
Jean Claude NOLLA, First Secretary, French Embassy in Poland (tbc)

17:15 - 17:30 (CET)

Conclusions & next steps.

Thierry de l’ESCAILLE, Secretary General of ELO

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