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Seminar on EU standards for agri-food products

Programme

Master of Ceremony: Ms Nicole Maftoum

10 DECEMBER 2022
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Tuesday, 13 December 2022

  1. 08:30 - 09:30 UTC+4
    Registration and welcome coffee
  2. 09:30 - 09:50 UTC+4
    Welcome and official opening

    Speakers:

    • H.E. Andrea Matteo Fontana, EU Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates 
    • Mr Ahmed Yahya Al-Bashah, Counsellor, Head of Standards, GCC Standardization Organization (GSO) 
  3. 09:50 - 10:30 UTC+4
    Introductory presentation: opportunities and challenges of EU-GCC trade relations with a focus on agri-food sector

    Speakers:

    • Representative from Oman (TBC)
    • Mr Sandor Szelekovszky, Trade Counsellor, EU Delegation to the UAE

    Roundtable with Questions & Answers

    Chairman: Mr Sergio Pavon, International Relations Officer, Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development, European Commission

  4. 10:30 - 10:55 UTC+4
    Coffee/prayer break
  5. 10:55 - 12:15 UTC+4
    Roundtable on sustainability of EU agri-food production

    The EU Green Deal, Sustainable Agriculture and the Farm to Fork Strategy (including sustainable agri-food practices -water irrigation, health soils)

    Speaker:

    • Mr Gijs Schilthuis, Head of Unit, Policy Perspectives, European Commission, Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development 

     

    Food security policy in the EU 

    Speakers:

    • Mr Lionel Mesnildrey, European Commission, Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development 

     

    Roundtable with Questions & Answers, including the representatives of the EU producers’ organisations 

    • Mr Philippe Binard, General Delegate, Freshfel Europe
    • Mr Paolo Patruno, The Liaison Centre for the Meat Processing Industry in the European Union (CLITRAVI)
       

    Chairman: Mr Sergio Pavon, International Relations Officer, European Commission, Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development 

  6. 12:15 - 13:15 UTC+4
    Buffet lunch
  7. 13:15 - 14:15 UTC+4
    Food Safety in the EU at a glance

    Overview of the EU Legislative Framework on Food Safety, Animal Health and Plant Health. Food traceability in the EU 

    Speaker:

    • Prof Patrick Deboyser, European College of Parma 

     

    Roundtable with Questions & Answers

    Chairman: Mr Sergio Pavon, International Relations Officer, European Commission, Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development 

  8. 14:15 - 15:45 UTC+4
    Safe and sustainable trade of animal products

    Animal identification, traceability and animal welfare

    Speaker:

    • Mr Sergio Pavon, International Relations Officer, European Commission, Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development

     

    Regionalization for animal diseases (including practical cases for HPAI) 

    Speakers:

    • Mr Hans Joostens, Senior Expert, European Commission, Directorate-General for Trade

     

    Roundtable with Questions & Answers, including the representatives of the EU producers’ organisations

    • Mr Stig Munck Larsen, Chair of the Trade Working Group, Association of Poultry Processors and Poultry Trade in the EU countries (AVEC)
       

    Chairman: Mr Damian Gadzinowski,International Relations Officer, European Commission, Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development

  9. From 15:45 UTC+4

    Free afternoon/evening

    Visit to the EU Caravan at Jumeirah Beach (JBR), located next to the Bla Bla Dubai restaurant.
    Please note this activity is optional. We look forward to welcoming you at the EU Caravan as of 16.00 until 22.00 located at Jumeirah Beach (JBR) for further exploring the EU products but please be informed that no transfers are offered/ covered by the organisers.

Wednesday, 14 December 2022

  1. 08:00 - 09:00 UTC+4
    Registration and welcome coffee
  2. 09:00 - 10:00 UTC+4
    Organic farming - opportunities for international trade

    Speakers:

    • Ms Elena Panichi, Head of Unit, Organics, European Commission, Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development

     

    Roundtable with Questions & Answers, including the representatives of the EU producers’ organisations

     

    • Mr Philippe Binard, General Delegate, Freshfel Europe
    • Ms Teresa Perez Millán, Interprofessional Association of Olive Oil Producers, Spain
       

    Chairman: Mr Damian Gadzinowski, International Relations Officer, European Commission, Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development

  3. 10:00 - 11:00 UTC+4
    The EU management system for Pesticides, Contaminants and Microbiology Residues

    Speakers

    • Prof Patrick Deboyser, European College of Parma
    • Ms Sylvie Coulon, Policy Officer, European Commission, Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety 

     

    Roundtable with Questions & Answers, including the representatives of the EU producers’ organisations

    • Mr Philippe Binard, General Delegate, Freshfel Europe
       

    Chairman: Mr Sergio Pavon, International Relations Officer, European Commission, Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development

  4. 11:00 - 11:15 UTC+4
    Coffee/prayer break
  5. 11:15 - 12:00 UTC+4
    EU quality policy on Geographical Indications

    Speaker

    • Mr Damian Gadzinowski, International Relations Officer, European Commission, Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development

     

    Roundtable with Questions & Answers, including the representatives of the EU producers’ organisations

    • Mr Paolo Patruno, The Liaison Centre for the Meat Processing Industry in the European Union (CLITRAVI)
    • Ms Teresa Perez Millán, Interprofessional Association of Olive Oil Producers, Spain
       

    Chairman: Mr Sergio Pavon, International Relations Officer, European Commission, Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development

  6. 12:00 - 13:15 UTC+4
    Business-focused presentations

    Room 1: Milk and dairy products

    Speaker:

    • Ms Julia Faure, European Dairy Association

     

    Room 2: Fruits and vegetables, olive oil and vegetable fats

    Speakers:

    • Mr Philippe Binard, General Delegate, Freshfel Europe 
    • Ms Teresa Perez Millán, Interprofessional Association of Olive Oil Producers

     

    Room 3: Live animals (including genetic material), meat and meat products

    Speakers:

    • Mr Paolo Patruno, The Liaison Centre for the Meat Processing Industry in the European Union (CLITRAVI)
    • Mr Arne Mielken, Senior Policy Advisor, The European Livestock and Meat Trades Union (UECBV)
    • Mr Stig Munck Larsen, Chair of the Trade Working Group, Association of Poultry Processors and Poultry Trade in the EU countries (AVEC)

     

    Room 4: Processed agricultural products

    Speaker:

    • Ms Eleonora Alquati, Senior Regulatory Manager, Chocolate, Biscuits and Confectionery of Europe (CAOBISCO)
  7. 13:15 - 14:30 UTC+4
    Buffet lunch
  8. 14:30 - 16:30 UTC+4
    Round table debate

    How to boost EU-GCC trade in agri-food products

    The GCC market: challenges and opportunities for international trade

    Open to all stakeholders (importers, exporters, competent authorities of the relevant GCC countries’ Ministries, Chambers of Commerce, representatives of major importers and retail chains in the GCC countries, consumers and civil society organisations, press & media, EU Member States’ counsellors

    Chairman: Mr Sergio Pavon, International Relations Officer, European Commission, Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development

    Speakers of the Round Table:

    • Mrs Alya Ali Almahri, Senior Food Safety Officer, Dubai Municipality
    • Ms Eva Mezher, Polish Investment & Trade Agency
    • Mr Matthew Clarke, Agricultural Counsellor, Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Embassy of Ireland
    • Ms Sadiyah Palekar, Technical and Quality Director of Blendhub ME
  9. 16:30 - 18:30 UTC+4
    Concluding remarks

    Cooking show by French Chef Junior Nadje featuring quality EU products

    Standing Reception