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Thank you for attending our debate “How can the EU protect citizens from food scandals?”

PubAffairs Bruxelles was delighted to host on the 16th of October the debate “How can the EU protect citizens from food scandals?” between our distinguished speakers Mr Michael Scannell, Director, Food Chain, Stakeholders and International Relations, European Commission, DG SANTE and Mr Thilo Bode, Executive Director, Foodwatch.

We would like to thank our sponsor, Foodwatch, our distinguished guests and our moderator, Joanna Sullivan, CEO, Conscience Consulting.

A selection of pictures is available here.

We hope that all the contributors, attendees, as well as our present and future members will join us for our next debate.

Photo Album | DEBATE | How can the EU protect citizens from food scandals?

INVITATION | How can the EU protect citizens from food scandals? (October 16)

We are most pleased to invite you to participate in an evening discussion on the question of food safety in Europe with our distinguished speakers Mr Michael Scannell, Director, Food Chain, Stakeholders and International Relations, European Commission, DG SANTE and Mr Thilo Bode, Executive Director, Foodwatch and Ms Michèle Rivasi MEP (Greens/FR) – TBC.

The debate will be moderated by Joanna Sullivan, CEO, Conscience Consulting

 

This event was kindly sponsored by

 

About the debate

As stated by the European Commission, every European citizen should be protected from health hazards, from fraud and from being misled. By upholding these principles, European institutions have adopted in 2002 the so-called General Food Law Regulation, which is considered the cornerstone of the EU regulatory framework covering the entire food chain, with special regard to food safety. The law was also put  forward to ensure that science-based analysis of risk assessment, management, and communication would be applied in order to both protect citizens from health risks and trace fraudulent or potentially harmful products and producers. In addition, EU institutions established the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) as an independent scientific agency to provide risk assessment, which forms the basis of the measures taken by the EU in the food chain.

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Photo Album | DEBATE | Online counterfeiting: How best to be effective countering it?

INVITATION | Online counterfeiting: How best to be effective countering it? (October 15)

We are most pleased to invite you to participate in an evening of discussion on the questions of online counterfeiting and the different mechanisms to deal with different types of illegal content online with our distinguished speakers Ms Natalia Zebrowska, Legal and Policy Officer, Intellectual Property and Fight Against Counterfeiting, European Commission, DG GROW, Ms Irene Roche-Laguna, Team Leader, E-commerce and Platforms, European Commission, DG CONNECT, Mr Charles Wright, Associate General Counsel, Amazon, Ms Sophie Peresson, Director, ICC-BASCAP – Business Action to Stop Counterfeiting and Piracy – and Ms Ana Hinojosa, Director of Compliance and Facilitation, World Customs Organisation and Ms Delphine Sarfati-Sobreira, General Manager, UNIFAB – Union des Fabricants.

The event will be moderated by Lewis Crofts, Editor in Chief, MLex.

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About the debate

The Directive on electronic commerce (E-Commerce Directive) of 8 June 2000 created the basic legal framework for online services, and provided legal certainty to businesses and citizens in cross-border online transactions. However, over the last decade, there have been increased discussions on how to prevent illegal products and services from being sold and distributed online. Related policy proposals and court judgments ranged from issues as diverse as child sexual abuse material, dissemination and removal of terrorist content online or hate speech, to commercial practices and infringements of intellectual property rights as well as selling of counterfeit or other illicit goods.

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Photo Album | DEBATE | What priorities for Animal Welfare in the EU and beyond? (October 9)

INVITATION | What priorities for Animal Welfare in the EU and beyond?

We are most pleased to invite you to participate in an evening of discussion on the question of animal welfare in the EU and beyond with our distinguished speakers Mr Marco Valletta, Member of the Cabinet of Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis, European Commission, Ms Toni Shephard, Executive Director (UK), Animal Equality, Mr John Flack MEP (ECR/ UK), Ms Tilly Metz MEP (Greens/LU) and Ms Stephanie Ghislain, Project Leader, ‘Trade and Animal Welfare’, Eurogroup for Animals.

A video message from Ms Sirpa Pietikäinen MEP (EPP/FI) will be projected before the debate.

Mr Maxime Boonen, Director & Founder, B2C2 will hold an introductory speech.

The debate will be moderated by Robert McLeod, Chairman, MLex.

This event was kindly sponsored by

 

 

About the debate

While Article 13 of the TFEU recognises animals as “sentient beings”, making the EU one of the few constitutions in the world to do so, the EU agricultural policy (the Common Agricultural Policy or “CAP”) provided ground for the first EU legislation on animal welfare as early as 1974, regulating the welfare of farm animals as agricultural products. More recently, in June 2018, the animal welfare issue has once again rose to prominence as the Commission has put forward a legislative proposal on the future Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), which defines some clear objectives on animal welfare as a production standard. Moreover, in recent decades, awareness and concern for animal welfare in terms of animal protection have steadily risen among citizens, businesses and policy-makers.

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