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On Monday 25 March, the NAT Section will hold a conference "Ready for the future?" to discuss how the bioeconomy can promote the development of a more innovative, more resource-efficient and more competitive society.


Public hearing on Integrated production Europe will be held on 20 November 2013 at the European Economic and Social Committee in Brussels and will focus on the following:
Do consumers know what integrated production means and are they aware of its benefits? Is EU legislation required, or should we keep the situation as it is with different regulatory frameworks in different Member States? How could we set up a consistent system across the EU?


Following up the opinion adopted by the EESC on Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, the Employers' Group of the EESC organises the debate entitled "What development opportunities will the TTIP give Europe?" The discussion will take place during European Forum for New Ideas in Sopot, Poland. The panellists will discuss what are the benefits and challenges coming from TTIP and will analyse consequences of closer regulatory cooperation.


Conference on water use in agriculture. Participants will exchange experience and discuss solutions towards increasing water productivity and improving the resilience of rural landscapes to extreme water events. They will also look at water pricing and other economic tools aimed at more efficient water use in agriculture.


The organic sector in the EU has been rapidly growing in the past years, and the current legal framework for organic production (Regulation 834/2007) is presently being reviewed so as to improve it and adapt it to the future evolution of the sector. In this regard  the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) will organise in Brussels a public hearing, which will provide input to the preparation of a related EESC opinion on organic production and labelling.

The importance of agricultural trade for the future development of farming and the agricultural economy in the EU in the context of global food security

On Tuesday 5 May, the NAT Section of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) will organise a hearing with experts and civil society representatives on the importance of agricultural trade for the future development of farming and the agricultural economy in the EU in the context of global food security.

In a world where over 800 million people across many countries still suffer from hunger and malnutrition, one of the principal aims of agricultural and trade policy must be to improve nutrition and food security. The EESC wishes to explore not just what agricultural trade achieves but also what is required of it.



The EESC hearing on 14 February 2017 was an opportunity for all people who were interested in rural issues to meet, present work in progress and exchange ideas and knowledge – and get inspired by examples of successful projects and initiatives in other rural communities. Together we thought of better ways to empower the rural communities to play their full part in addressing vital policy areas such as food security, renewable energy, environmental protection and job creation.

Section for the "Agriculture, Rural development and the Environment" (NAT)

The pollution potential of agricultural wastes is high on a long-term basis. Their disposal may affect natural resources such as surface and ground waters, soil and crops, as well as human health. Organic materials such as agricultural and forestall residues have been utilized for years in many countries for fertilizing and maintaining or improving the productivity and fertility of their agricultural soils. The gradual replacement in the past of organic wastes by chemical fertilizers and the failure to implement effective soil conservation practices had resulted in many countries in extensive degradation of the agricultural soils and in decline of productivity. The WasteReuse Forum will provide briefing on latest research results and practical experiences regarding the sustainability of agricultural and organic waste types to be reused in farming.