Gilles Fontaine (President of Europatat)

The Europatat Congress has become a key date for the potato sector in Europe, and this year edition in Norway shows the growing importance of cooperating in a globalised market

Gry Sørensen (Director of NFGF)

We are very excited to bring the Europatat Congress 2019 to Norway for the first time ever. With a panoramic view over the city of Oslo, we expect many interesting and inspiring discussions with the best qualified people from the potato sector in Europe.

Raquel Izquierdo de Santiago (Secretary General of Europatat)

This year we are looking at a very exotic edition of our Congress in Norway, a unique market for potatoes, that will provide a lot of insights for colleagues around Europe and beyond.

Europatat Commission meetings & AGM

Venue: Holmenkollen Park Hotel

Wednesday 12 June

Europatat Commission meetings


09.00 – 11.00: Welcome coffee & registration of participants

11.00 – 13.00: Parallel commission meetings

  • Early Potatoes
  • Seed Potatoes
    • Follow up market access dossiers
    • Update on EU/International dossiers (labelling treated seeds & Plant Health)
    • Presentation by CN Nidzica: New national legislation on certified seeds in Poland. Guest speaker:
      • Nina DobrzyńskaDirector of department of plant breeding and plant protection – Ministry of agriculture and rural development of Poland
    • Guest speaker: Ola Nøren Johansen, Local Phyto ServiceNorwegian Seed Potatoes: National Status &
      Interaction with EU legislation
  • Packers
    • EU Promotion Programme (EU updates & Europatat programme 2020-2022)
    • EU dossiers updates (Food Waste, Plastics and UTPs)
    • Presentation by Belgapom: ESF-project on sustainability
    • Guest speaker: Johannes Daae, Grønt punkt Norge – Alternatives to plastic packaging
    • Guest speaker: Peter Janssens, TOMRA Sorting NV – Innovation in the potato machinery

13.00 – 14.00: Networking Lunch

14.00 – 16.00: Parallel commission meetings

  • Ware Potatoes
    • Input by participants on review season 2017/18
    • Development planting area 2018 and Trends 2018/19 season
    • Retail’ assortment of potatoes
    • Market transparency & price reporting
    • Presentation Potato Poland 2019 by CN Nidzica
  • Regulatory & Technical issues
    • Update Plant Health & Official Controls
    • Organic legislation – follow up of the derogation to use non-treated plant reproductive material
    • Food safety issues (CIPC & other substances update)
    • Guest speaker: Jan Arne Broen, Maarud – Acrylamide and innovation
    • Research projects
    • European RUCIP Committee – Updates
    • European RUCIP Secretariat – Work in development
    • RUCIP Working Group – Revision of the rules
    • Guest speaker: Wim Meuwissen, Lawyer & Mediator – Mediation in RUCIP and other highlights

Coffee and snacks


Thursday 13 June

Europatat General Assembly (Europatat Members only)


07.30 – 08.30: Welcome coffee & registration of participants

08.30 – 10.30: Europatat AGM