Romain Cools (Belgapom)

“Belgium, the land of the Belgian fries, welcomes the Europatat congress 2017 in the wonderful city of Antwerp, where potato turns into diamonds (or is it the reverse?) We are sure you will experience an interesting and exciting programme.”

Jos Muyshondt (President, EUROPATAT)

“Belgapom is welcoming the European potato trade in Antwerp, home of one of the largest seaports in the world. We can guarantee all participants a great network event, of which the memory will be cherished for a long time!”

Raquel Izquierdo de Santiago (EUROPATAT)

“For the 2017 Congress, Europatat together with the organisers Belgapom, a valued member representing the potato sector in Belgium, have put together an extremely interesting and relevant programme to inspire the potato sector in Europe to be great again!

Congress 2017




Friday 16 June 2017

“Make the European Potato Trade Great Again!”
(it’s gonna be huge, it’s gonna be great, it’s true)

  • 9h00 – 09h30: Welcome coffee
  • 09h30: Welcome to delegates by Europatat President, Jos Muyshondt
  • 09h45 – 12h30: Morning session – EU Plant Health & Official Controls
    • 09h45 – 10h15: Impact from the new European plant health regulation and its impact on the potato sector – Key note speaker: Harry Arijs, European Commission, DG SANTE
    • 10h15 – 10h40: Implementation from the National Authority point of view – Guest speaker: Lieven van Herzele, Belgian Federal Public Service Health, Food chain safety and environment
    • 10h40 – 11h00: Q&A Session
    • 11h00 – 11h30: Coffee break
    • 11h30 – 12h30: Innovative plant breeding to reduce the dependency on plant protection products – Guess speaker: René Custers, Regulatory & responsible research manager, VIB
  • 12h30 – 13h30: lunch
  • 13h30 – 16h15: Afternoon session – The role of Europe in the intracommunity trade and export of seed and ware potatoes
    • 13h30 – 14h20: The role of Europe to facilitate trade relations and how SME’s can benefit – Key note speaker: Véronique Willems, Secretary General UEAPME, European Association of Craft, Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises
    • 14h20 – 14h45: The role of promotion in trade – Guess speaker: Lene Naesager, European Commission, DG AGRI
    • 14h45 – 15h15: Brexit and the potato industry – Guess speaker: Cedric Porter, World Potato Markets
    • 15h15 – 16h00: Panel discussion
  • 16h00 – 16:15: Closing remarks



Syngenta, sponsor of Europatat Congress 2017
BASF, sponsor of Europatat Congress 2017
James Bint, sponsor of Europatat Congress 2017