9.30 a.m. - Inaugural session

  • Séamus Boland, president of the Diversity Europe Group of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)
  • Jože Podgoršek, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Food of Slovenia

9.50 a.m. - Keynote speeches: setting the scene

Moderator: Branko Ravnik, member of the EESC's Diversity Europe Group

  • Franc Bogovič, Member of the European Parliament (EPP), substitute in the EP Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development
  • Annukka Ojala, Deputy Head of Cabinet for Health and Food Safety Commissioner Stella Kyriakides, responsible for the Farm to Fork strategy and European Green Deal
  • Aleš Kuhar, associated professor of food system economics, innovation management and consumer behaviour at the University of Ljubljana
  • Andreas Thurner, president of the EESC thematic Study Group on Sustainable Food Systems and member of the Diversity Europe Group
  • Open discussion

11.00 a.m. - Break

11.15 a.m. - Towards a fair, inclusive and sustainable food supply chain: civil society perspectives

Moderator: Neža Repanšek, member of the EESC's Diversity Europe Group

  • Roman Žveglič, president of the Chamber of Agriculture and Forestry of Slovenia
  • Anja Mager, president of the Association of Slovenian Rural Youth
  • Giulia Tarsitano, food policy manager, Euro Coop (European Community of Consumer Co-operatives)
  • Angela Frigo, Secretary General of the European Food Banks Federation (FEBA)
  • Arnaud Schwartz, president of France Nature Environnement and member of the EESC's Diversity Europe Group
  • Open discussion

12.50 p.m. - Concluding remarks

  • Séamus Boland, president of the EESC's Diversity Europe Group

Simultaneous interpretation will be available from FR DE EN IT EL ES SL and into FR DE EN IT EL ES SL.