Thematic S3 Platform for Agri-Food
Working Committee Semi-annual Meeting
Congress Palace, Piazza Adua 1, Florence, Italy
27 March 2019
The 2019 Spring Agri-food Working Committee Meeting (AFWCM) will be hosted by the Region of Tuscany and will take place in Florence on 27 March 2019. The title of the AFWCM is: 'Working Towards the Long-Term Sustainability'. This meeting will bring together members of the five existing Agri-Food partnerships along with representatives DG REGIO, DG AGRI, DG RTD, European Investment Bank (EIB), European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the Vanguard Initiative.
Participants will examine in detail a number of issues related to the long-term sustainability of interregional collaboration in the context of smart specialisation. Discussions will focus on a number of pertinent issues related to the management of financial resources and funding, political support and strategic vision.
Registration for the AFWCM is closed now. If you have any question regarding your participation in the event, please contact Dr. Katerina Ciampi Stancova: Katerina.Ciampi-Stancova@ec.europa.eu.
Please note that the 2019 Spring Agri-Food Working Committee Meeting is organised in parallel with the Rural Development Innovation Week Florence (26-29 March 2019).
08:30 – 09:00 Registration
09:00 – 09:15 Welcome and Opening
Roberto Scalacci, Director for Agriculture and Rural Development, Tuscany Region
- Katerina Ciampi Stancova, Joint Research Centre, European Commission
09:15 – 10:30 Developments in the EU policy (2021-2027)
- Valentina Pinna, Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission
- Alexia Rouby, Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development, European Commission
- Wim Haentjens, Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, European Commission
- Arnold Verbeek, European Investment Bank, Innovation Finance Advisory, 'Access-to-finance conditions for innovative companies along the agri-food value chain'
- Stef Bronzwaer, European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), 'Horizons for Food Safety Research’
10:30 – 10:45 Coffee break
10:45 – 11:50 Achievements, benefits and concerns over the long-term sustainability
Pitches on financial instruments, achievements attained in terms of projects and financial support, and planned activities that they would not have achieved otherwise.
- Consumer Involvement in Agri-food Innovation (Thomas Högman, Region Östergötland)
- High Technology Farming (Fabio Boscaleri, Tuscany)
- Nutritional Ingredients (Sophie Bourez, Wallonia)
- Smart Sensors for Agri-food (Veerle Rijckaert, Flanders)
- Traceability and Big Data (Judit Anda Ugarte, Andalusia)
- Example of partnership that was successful in securing a viable business plan and long-term sustainability: VI Pilot 'De-and Remanufacturing' by Marcello Colledani.
11:50 – 12:50 Discussion improving the long-term sustainability of the partnerships (post-2020)
Participants will be invited to discuss ways to ensure the long-term sustainability of the thematic S3 partnerships in the period post 2020:
- Are the expected EU policy developments after 2020 sufficiently aligned with the needs of the existing partnerships? To what extend do these proposed developments respond to their concerns? What kind of support do the existing partnerships need in order to secure their long-term sustainability after 2020?
- What difficulties do the existing Agri-Food partnerships encounter when combining different funds and programmes to support their ongoing activities?
- What precludes these partnerships from benefitting from such opportunities?
12:50 – 13:00 Conclusions and closing
13:00 – 14:00 Networking lunch
This event is organised and moderated by JRC-Seville (European Commission):
Dr Katerina Ciampi Stancova and Dr Ruslan Rakhmatullin