Commission launches debate on global food security for EXPO 2015

The Commission has today launched an online consultation on how science and innovation can help the EU ensure safe, nutritious, sufficient and sustainable food globally. The discussion is linked to the theme of this year’s Universal Exhibition EXPO2015 “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life” and marks the EU’s first contribution to the event, which will take place between May and October in Milan, Italy. Tibor Navracsics, EU Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, and responsible for the Joint Research Centre as the coordinator of the EU’s participation in EXPO2015, today officially opened the online consultation at an event in Brussels together with Franz Fischler, Chairman of the EXPO 2015 EU Scientific Steering Committee. On the occasion, Commissioner Navracsics said: “The European Union has a vital role to play in tackling the challenges associated with food and nutrition security and sustainability. Expo 2015 offers us a great opportunity to showcase what the EU is already doing in this field. I hope it will also breathe new life into our efforts and further foster international collaboration. I commend the work of the Joint Research Centre and look forward to working on these issues closely with my colleagues in charge of agriculture, health, research, environment and development.”