Registration for European Organic Congress opens for members
Registration for the European Organic Congress 2021, taking place from 16-18 June, online & live from Lisbon, will open soon!
This edition of the Congress is free of charge and seats are limited. IFOAM Organics Europe’s members can benefit from early-bird registration opening on 5 May on our member extranet.
This year’s Congress will cover the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), expected changes in the new EU Organic Regulation, organic’s contribution to climate change mitigation, sustainable food systems and rural development. Six dedicated sessions will provide you with the opportunity to interact with and benefit from the knowledge and expertise of our high-level speakers and moderators on policy developments in organic.
Find out what you can expect during the Congress below, and check out the programme.
Day 1: 16 June
The new CAP and European Green Deal: How far apart?
11:30-13:00 CEST – The aim of this session is assessing how to align the CAP Strategic Plans with the EU Green Deal. Together with Célia Nyssens, Policy Officer for Agriculture at the European Environmental Bureau, we will discuss to what extent national ambitions are in line with the EU Green Deal objectives, in particular the target to reach 25% organic land by 2030.
Organic farming in Portugal
14:00-15:30 CEST – We will discover the work on the ground in Portugal, linking organic farming to health and biodiversity.
Day 2: 17 June
Climate mitigation and sequestration in agriculture: What is the right level of ambition?
10:00-11:30 CEST – The second day will start with a panel debate on climate mitigation and sequestration in agriculture. Thomas Legge, Director of Land Use & Agriculture Programmes at the European Climate Foundation, and Pierre-Marie Aubert, leading researcher at the IDDRI think-tank, will join our discussion on whether “climate neutrality” is a realistic and desirable goal for the agriculture sector, considering the current focus on efficiency and the potential trade-offs with biodiversity objectives.
Towards more sustainable food systems
11:45-13:15 – While the need to transition towards more sustainable food systems is largely recognized, the consensus on how to achieve this has not yet been reached. During this session, we will explore what sustainable food systems look like and how they can be realized. Initiatives such as the Organic Action Plan, Green Public Procurement and other related initiatives will be at the core of this session.
Day 3: 18 June
The new Organic Regulation (EU) 848/2018: What will change?
10:00-11:00 CEST – Would you like to learn more about the main regulatory changes expected in the new EU Organic Regulation? Join this session focusing on the main challenges for organic operators in maintaining compliance with the EU rules. We will also discuss whether and how the expected changes could impact reaching the Farm to Fork target of 25% EU organic land by 2030.
Rural Development: Long-term vision for rural areas
11:15-12:15 CEST – The future development and attractiveness of rural areas will largely depend on improving the climate and environmental performance of farming. This year’s congress will end with a session on exploring how initiatives, such as organic districts, living labs and farm demonstrations can contribute to the development of rural areas and the success of the Organic Action Plan.
Finally, we are delighted to welcome Janusz Wojciechowski, Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development for the closing speech of our European Organic Congress 2021.
Take part in this unique (organic) event gathering policy-makers and stakeholders all over Europe, by registering from the 17 May, before we run out of virtual seats!