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The Civil Society Organisations' Group of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) will hold a conference entitled 'EU food sovereignty: the role of agriculture, fisheries and consumers' on 26 September 2023 in Santiago de Compostela, Spain. The conference will take place from 09:30-16:30 and is organised in the context of the Spanish Presidency of the Council of the EU.
The event will address the importance of food production in the EU. It will also look into the role of the primary sector and of consumers in ensuring strategic autonomy. National and European civil society organisations representing agriculture, livestock, fisheries and consumers, will discuss ways to address current and future challenges to European food production, while providing European citizens with healthy and sustainably produced food. Guest speakers from the European institutions and the Spanish Presidency will also contribute to the debate.
This conference will bring together EESC members, Spanish and European civil society organisations and representatives of regional, national and European authorities.
For more information, please consult the draft programme.
This is an in-person conference that will be live streamed. Registration for in-person participation will close on 21 September 2023, 12:00 (CEST).
Simultaneous interpretation will be available in English, French and Spanish in the room. The live streaming will be in English and Spanish.
Should you have questions, please write to: EUFoodSovereignty-cese[at]eesc.europa.eu