Conference - EU food sovereignty: the role of agriculture, fisheries and consumers


9:30-10:00 - Inaugural session

  • Séamus Boland, President of the Civil Society Organisations Group of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)
  • José González Vázquez, Minister for Rural Affairs of the Regional Government of Galicia

10:00-11:30 - Session I – Assessing the national dimension: the views of Spanish civil society

Moderator: Ileana Izverniceanu de la Iglesia, member of the EESC's Civil Society Organisations Group and Director for Communication and Institutional Relations for the Organisation of Consumers and Users (OCU)

  • Blanca Corroto González, President of ASAJA Women and ASAJA Toledo and member of the National Executive Committee of ASAJA (Agrarian Association - Young Farmers)
  • Basilio Otero Rodríguez, President of the Spanish National Federation of Fishermen's Associations (FNCP)
  • Miguel Padilla Campoy, Secretary General of the Spanish Farmers' and Stockbreeders' Coordinating Body (COAG)
  • Enrique García López, member of the Communication Department and expert in the economic and price area of the Organisation of Consumers and Users (OCU)
  • Lorenzo Ramos Silva, Secretary General of the Union of Small Farmers and Livestock Breeders (UPA)
  • Q & A

11:30-11:45 - Coffee break

11:45-13:00 - Session II – Responding at the European level: finding solutions in partnership

Moderator: Ricardo Serra Arias, member of the EESC's Civil Society Organisations Group and President of ASAJA Andalucía

  • Pekka Pesonen, Secretary General of Copa-Cogeca
  • Isabel Vilalba Seivane, Member of the European Coordination of Via Campesina (ECVC) Working Group on European Policies
  • Daniel Voces de Onaindi, Managing Director of Europêche
  • Marco Pierani, Director Public Affairs and Media Relations at Euroconsumers
  • Q & A

13:00-13:15 - Opening of the photo exhibition 'Mariscadoras' by Adrián Baúlde

13:15-14:30 - Lunch break

14:30-16:00 - Session III – Looking to the future: institutional perspectives

Moderator: Javier Garat Pérez, member of the EESC's Civil Society Organisations Group and Secretary General of Cepesca, President of Europêche and the International Coalition of Fisheries Associations (ICFA)

  • Nicasio Daniel Mejuto Martí, Deputy Director General for Agriculture of the Regional Government of Galicia
  • Antonio Basanta, Director General for Fisheries, Aquaculture and Technological Innovation of the Regional Government of Galicia
  • Catherine Geslain-Laneelle, Director Strategy and Policy Analysis, Directorate General of Agriculture and Rural Development, European Commission
  • José Maria Pita Ponte, Head of the Consumer Protection Service of the Galician Institute of Consumer Affairs and Competition of the Regional Government of Galicia
  • Miguel López Crespo, Vice-President of the Galician Council of Consumers and Users
  • Q & A

16:00-16:30 - Conclusions

  • Alfonso Villares Bermúdez, Minister of the Sea of the Regional Government of Galicia
  • Séamus Boland, President of the Civil Society Organisations Group of the EESC