Upcoming Events

SAVE THE DATE | Pesticides Residues: How to ensure EU agri-food competitiveness? (June 2)

We are delighted to invite you to an event which will be held on Wednesday, 2nd of June 2021 at 17.00.

The event will consist of an evening discussion on pesticide residues and how to ensure EU agri-food competitiveness.

Although speakers and event details will be announced in the coming days, we are publishing this event now to make sure you save the date.

This event is public, hence it will not be held under the Chatham House Rule

Given the current developments regarding the Covid-19 outbreak, this event will be held in streaming

This event is kindly sponsored by

About the debate

The production of crops in the EU coupled with the free flow of agricultural commodities, produced in other regions of the world and then imported into the EU, provides European consumers with a stable supply of affordable, safe and nutritious food. A wide variety of staple commodities, as well as fruits and vegetables that we enjoy all year round, are only placed on the EU market by respecting the EU’s very strict standards. No matter where the products come from, they have to respect the same high EU standards.

The international trade of agricultural products relies on the joint efforts of many countries to set, and adhere to, internationally agreed standards. These are key to allowing the free flow of agricultural goods around the world. One such standard is a Maximum Residue Level (MRLs) for pesticides. These are set to ensure that all traded agricultural goods adhere to good agricultural practices and comply with the latest scientific evaluations. MRLs are always set to guarantee consumer safety.

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) conducts annual evaluations of both food grown in the EU, and of food imported from outside the EU. Year on year these evaluations have demonstrated that good agricultural practices are being respected by farmers and that nearly all food products on the EU market comply with EU MRLs. In addition, the COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated the importance of having free flowing, transparent and resilient food supply chains in the EU.

Farmers around the world have different needs when it comes to protecting their crops from pests and diseases. These farmers should not be unduly penalised when legally treating their crops and subsequently realizing that they will not be able to export to the EU. Trade-enabling policies help foster the development of agriculture in developing countries, a key sector to deliver on the UN Sustainable Development Goals of poverty eradication, zero hunger and economic growth.

MRLs not only provide fair market access for suppliers from non-EU countries, but also ensure the competitiveness of the entire EU agri-food value chain, including traders, processors, food and feed industry, as well as livestock producers. The EU relies on imports of key commodities that end up being further processed in the EU, resulting in added value food products such as chocolate or coffee, or directly enjoyed by EU consumers such as tropical fruits, nuts and spices.

The event will commence at 17.00 and it will be held in streaming

The session intends to cover the views from EU authorities, third countries and the EU agri-food chain on EU MRL policy, with a discussion on how to go towards a win-win scenario for EU agri-food competitiveness, third countries market access and EU consumer choice.

The audience will be able to ask questions during both the discussion and the Q&A session through sli.do #MRLs




We look forward to hosting you at 17.00 on the 2nd of June 2021

INVITATION | 5G for Businesses: Evolution or Revolution? (March 16)

We are delighted to invite you to an event which will be held on Tuesday, 16th of March 2021 at 14.15

The event will consist of an afternoon session on the questions of 5G as a game changer in transforming business organisations and the roll out of 5G networks in Europe with our distinguished speakers:

  • Mr Pearse O’Donohue, Director, Future Networks, DG CONNECT – European Commission;
  • Ms Susana Solis-Perez MEP (Renew/ES);
  • Ms Hilary Mine, Head of strategy and technology, Cx, Nokia;
  • Ms Michaël Trabbia, Chief Technology and Innovation Officer, Orange;

Mr Roberto Viola, Director General, DG CONNECT – European Commission will hold a keynote speech.

Mr Frank Guldentops, 5G Project Manager, Covestro and Mr Mikael Shamim, CEO, Helicus will hold a short presentation on 5G business cases respectively in the domains of Industry 4.0 and Healthcare.

The event will be moderated by Matthew Newman, Chief Correspondent, MLex

This event be held under the Chatham House Rule

Given the current developments regarding the Covid-19 outbreak, this event will be held in streaming

This event is co-organised with

About the debate

With the outbreak of the Corona crisis, boosting the digital transformation has been put at the forefront of Europe’s digital agenda. Making the EU more digital and greener is now the overarching principle leading the European Union as a whole, notably through the Recovery Plan. To fulfil the European Commission’s key priorities of investing in a greener, more digital and connected Europe, it is crucial to quickly deploy state-of-the-art networks, with special regard to 5G.

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