Towards a European Green Deal-compatible food system

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Towards a European Green Deal — Compatible food system

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Food systems have a huge impact on people’s life in socio-economic terms, which shows the importance of food policy at a European level. Food is central to culture and traditions, being important in people’s lives not only from a physical and nutritional perspective, but also emotionally. This is one of the conclusions of the Debating Europe citizens’ focus group on Food Systems.

The Russian invasion of Ukraine, however, is the latest strike on the already weak global food systems, which are still recovering from the pandemic’s impact on supply chains and remain unprepared for the ever-growing effects of climate change. Russia and Ukraine supply 28% of globally traded wheat, 29% of the barley, 15% of the maize and 75% of the sunflower oil. Since the war started, the fear of “missing” food has been growing. With the winter approaching and the energy prices high, vulnerable households across the EU might be faced with the choice of either fuel or food.

In this context, European policies have made productivity a priority in the name of food security. To cope with this crisis, some have suggested green goals be paused in favour of increasing food production. Others warn that this is a mistake, pointing out that the environmental targets outlined in the EU’s flagship food policy, the Farm to Fork strategy, are necessary to build a truly sustainable food system in the long run.

Against this background, this event aims to explore the ways and means in which the EU must enable a more resilient and independent agri-food system while achieving a sustainable and just transition to climate neutrality.

Schedule

Schedule

Registration and networking
Sit-down lunch debate Expand Sit-down lunch debate

Questions include:

  • Have food supply chains been resilient in the face of the war in Ukraine and the COVID-19 pandemic? How can food supply chains be more resilient?
  • How can we have affordable food in the face of high inflation?
  • How can we meet sustainability targets while also providing affordable food?
  • How can public authorities at the EU, national and local level collaborate with the private sector, farmers and consumers to ensure the most feasible path to a sustainable food system?
  • What will be the impact of EU initiatives on international markets and global supply chains?

with

Faustine Bas-Defossez

Director of External Impact, Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP)

Dirk Jacobs

Director General of FoodDrinkEurope

Kristin Schreiber

Director for Ecosystems I: Chemicals, Food, Retail at the European Commission Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW)

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Speakers

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Faustine Bas-Defossez
Faustine Bas-Defossez

Director of External Impact, Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP)

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Faustine Bas-Defossez is a true European and a passionate advocate. She joined IEEP as Head of the Agriculture and Land Management Programme and was later appointed External Impact Director. She spent eight years leading the largest Federation of Environmental NGOs’ (the European Environmental Bureau – EEB) campaign on the Common Agriculture Policy (CAP), advocating for a more sustainable agriculture and farming across Europe. That experience not only provided Faustine with excellent advocacy skills, it also deepened her knowledge of the CAP and farming systems and policies across Europe. Before that, she worked for the European Commission Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development on the European Food Aid for the most deprived Program and the public goods delivered by the agriculture sector.

Dirk Jacobs
Dirk Jacobs

Director General of FoodDrinkEurope

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Dirk Jacobs is the Director General of FoodDrinkEurope, the organisation of the European food and drink industry. In this role, he is a member of various EU platforms and regularly engages in global multilateral bodies, such as the UN, WTO, FAO/WHO Codex Alimentarius, OECD and FAO. He is also the Chair of a multi-stakeholder task force that led the development of the EU Code of Conduct for Responsible Food Business and Marketing Practices, the first deliverable of the EU’s Farm to Fork Strategy. Jacobs has long-standing professional experience covering various roles in international and EU public and political affairs, as well as strategic communications. Previously, he served as FoodDrinkEurope’s deputy director general and headed its department for consumer information, nutrition and health.

Kristin Schreiber
Kristin Schreiber

Director for Ecosystems I: Chemicals, Food, Retail at the European Commission Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW)

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Prior to her current position at DG GROW, Kristin Schreiber served as director for SME policy in DG GROW and director for governance of the single market and international affairs in DG MARKT. She has held a variety of positions at the European Commission, including as head of cabinet of the employment commissioner, deputy head of cabinet of the internal market commissioner, and member of the cabinets of the enlargement competition commissioners. Schreiber is also a Member of the Management Board of the European Chemical Agency; the Innovative Health Initiative Joint Undertaking Governing Board; the Circular Bio-Based Europe Joint Undertaking Governing Board; and the Global Health Joint Undertaking Governing Board.

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