Draft programme


14.00-14.30 | Registration of participants

14.30-14.35 | Welcome of participants

Maurizio Reale, EESC member, chairman of the study group NAT/680 on a fairer agro-food supply chain

14.35-14.45 | Introductory remarks

Peter Schmidt, EESC member, rapporteur for the opinion NAT/680 and president of the EESC Permanent Study Group on Food Security

14.45-16.00 | Session I – Unfair trading practices in the food supply chain: main challenges and policy framework

  • Prof. Liam Fassam, Senior Lecturer in Supply Chain Management, Northampton University
  • Gerd Heinen, Policy Officer Retail Services, DG Internal market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (GROW), European Commission
  • Mairead McGuinness MEP, Vice-President of the European Parliament and Member of the Parliament's AGRI Committee
  • Albert Ritzenthaler, French Economic, Social and Environmental Council (CESE), rapporteur for the CESE opinion "Distribution circuits of food products"


16.00-16.15 | Coffee break

16.15-17.45 | Session II – Stakeholders' views and initiatives on tackling unfair trading practices in the food supply chain

  • Romuald Schaber, President, European Milk Board
  • Paulo Gouveia, Chief Policy Advisor, COPA COGECA
  • Christel Delberghe, Director of Policy, Competitiveness & Supply Chain, Eurocommerce
  • Thierry Kesteloot, Oxfam Solidarité, focal point for Western Europe of the Civil Society Mechanism of the Committee on World Food Security


17.45-18.00 | Concluding remarks


Interpretation to and from: English, French, German