As well as creating a stage for top-level speakers from across Europe’s organic community, next month’s European Organic Congress will also include the official launch of the We Unite video – a window into the lives of two organic farmers, and reasons they join the yearly ‘We Are Fed Up’ demonstration in Germany.
The two-day event takes place on 20-21 June 2019, in Bucharest, Romania.
Outstanding high-level speakers on the CAP
During the congress, participants will have the opportunity to listen to high level speakers from different backgrounds, national ministries, European Commission, farmers and entrepreneurs, representatives from NGOs and civil society. Among these:
- Petre Daea, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development of Romania. His experience in Romanian politics, especially related to agriculture, stretches back to 1973;
- Pierre Bascou, Director for Sustainability and income support at the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development. From 2003 -2009 he headed the Unit in charge of the economic analysis of EU agriculture for the conception, the management and the evaluation of the Common Agricultural Policy;
- Luc Bas, Director of the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s European Regional Office in Brussels;
- Ioana Dragos, Project Manager for the Interreg Europe-funded SME Organics project since 2016. She has more than 15 years of experience in regional development within the North-West Regional Development Agency in Northern Transylvania, Romania and coordinated the elaboration of the first Regional Organic Action Plan in Romania•
The official launch of the “We Unite” video
This 12-minute video is produced by IFOAM – Organics International and offers a window into the lives of two organic farmers and the reasons why they join the yearly ‘We are Fed-Up’ demonstration in Germany. Along with hundreds of other farmers, they drive their tractors into the heart of Berlin where they unite with thousands of citizens calling for a better food and farming system for all. The film covers issues like access to land, relinking farmers with consumers, feeding the soil to feed the plant, public money for public goods, a new food system that provides fair prices to farmworkers and nourishing food to people.
Main image: IFOAM (from the film We Unite)