Jos Muyshondt (President, EUROPATAT)

“For long an early adopter of the best industry practices the potato sector continues to respond to increased consumer and legislative demands in the areas of health, sustainability and CSR. The Europatat Congress provides the ideal platform for assessing the state of play and communicating industry priorities.”

Raquel Izquierdo de Santiago (EUROPATAT)

“Europatat is excited to bring the Annual Congress back to Brussels, right at the heart of the city and its famous Grand Place. A careful selection of speakers will assess the economic, environmental, health and social challenges currently facing the potato sector.”

Congress 2018

The congress will focus on the assets of the potato sector in the, both politically and technical key areas of health, sustainability and responsibility of the business. Health and nutrition, the low environmental impact and investment on innovation, as well as the seriousness of our companies in regards to social corporate responsibility will all be part of the programme.

Programme Friday 4 May

10h00 – 11h25

Session 1: Opening remarks

– Opening remarks by Europatat president
– Introduction by Raquel Izquierdo de Santiago, Europatat Secretary General
– Key note speech by Professor Gunter Pauli,  Author of The Blue Economy, designer of new business models, provider of solutions by using what is available. Writer of Gunter’s Fables

11h25 – 11h50

Networking break

11h50 – 13h20

Session 2: Health & sustainability in the potato sector go hand in hand

Mrs Tania Santivañez, Regional Agricultural Officer at the FAO Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia.
Mr Toine Timmermans, Coordinator REFRESH & Program manager sustainable food chains, Wageningen UR Food & Biobased Research
Mrs Loes Neven, Vlaams Instituut voor Gezondheidspromotie en Ziektepreventie (VIGeZ).

13h20 – 14h30

Networking lunch break

14h30 – 16h00

Session 3: People and Community at the cornerstone of the potato sector

Moderated by Romain Cools, Secretary General of Belgapom. Director of FVPhouse. President & CEO of the WPC.
– Key note speach by the European Commission on the Sustainable Development Goals (name TBC)
– Case studies:

16h00 – 16h30

Session 4

– Conclusion by Mr Michael Scannell, Director for the Food Chain – Stakeholder and International Relations in the Directorate General for Health and Food Safety, European Commission
– Closing remarks


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