On 3 December from 09.15 to 11.45, AGRI will hold a hearing on the Regulation on organic production, with a view to feed into a report by Martin HÄUSLING (Greens, DE). Invited experts will include: Felix Prinz zu Löwenstein, Chairman of the "Bund Ökologische Lebensmittelwirtschaft", .Jürn Sanders, Federal Research Institute for Rural Areas, Forestry and Fisheries, Etienne Gangneron, Chairman of "Agence BIO", Isabella Übertsberger, organic farmer and member of Bio Austria Youth Network and Elia Rodriguez Alvarez, organic farmer and representative of "Galician Peasants Union". Debates with Members will follow the rounds of presentations.
Commissioner Hogan to debate with AGRI Members on 3 December
The newly appointed Commissioner for agriculture Phil Hogan has been invited for a debate with AGRI Members during the Committee meeting of 3 December at 17.00 (room JAN4Q1, Brussels). The topics expected to be raised include the latest developments on the 2015 agricultural budget, an update on measures taken by the EU to alleviate the impact of the Russian import ban on EU food products, the situation on agricultural markets (including prospects for the dairy market) and ongoing work on legislative proposals such as the organic production and the school schemes files.
Commitments made at the hearings of the Commissioners
The briefings on the commitments made at the hearings of Phil Hogan, Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, and of Vytenis Andriukaitis, Commissioner for Health and Food Safety are available below.
On 5 November from 16.00 to 18.30, AGRI will hold a hearing on "a new EU Forest Strategy: for forests and the forest-based sector", with a view to feed into an own-initiative report by Elisabeth Köstinger (EPP, AT). Invited experts will include: Harald Mauser of the European Forest Institute, Juha Hakkarainen of the Finnish Central Union of Agricultural Producers and Forest Owners, Jan Szyszko of the Warsaw University of Life Sciences, and Tony Simons, Director General of the World Agroforestry Centre. Debates with Members will follow the rounds of presentations.