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European Dairy Association Organizes Policy Conference

On March 20th, the European Dairy Association (EDA) is organizing a dairy policy conference in Brussels.

This conference will tackle the agricultural policy towards 2020 on the one hand, and the holistic approach in health-related EU policies on the other. Both scientists and dairy specialists will share their views on these topics at the EDA event.

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Professor Michael Keane of the University of Cork will explain why the introduction by public authorities of supply management in times of crisis would be counter-productive. Prior to this, Mr Mark Voorbergen from Claassen, Moolenbeek & Partners will address the expected situation of dairy markets after 2015 and Dr Jan Maarten Vrij from the Dutch Dairy Association will talk about how dairy processors prepare for a future without milk quota. The last speaker of this first session, EDA President Michel Nalet, will discuss how and why a responsibly operating dairy industry needs continuity in policy development. The speeches of this first session will be followed by a panel discussion with all speakers.

The second session positions dairy as a whole food in the discussions around a holistic approach for health-related EU policies. Prof Jean-Michel Lecerf from Institut Pasteur de Lille will start this second session with a contribution on the importance of dairy as a whole food for health across all ages.

This will be followed by a case study on how dairy improves the health of elderly persons, which will be brought by Dr Rosalie Dhonukshe-Rutten from the Wageningen University. Dairy expert Jørgen Hald Christenen from the Danish Agriculture and Food Council will close this session with a contribution on how to reflect the goodness of dairy in EU policies. The second session will equally be followed by a panel discussion.

“For the conference, we have deliberately chosen to address two topics that are currently of high relevance for the EU dairy industry,” says Joop Kleibeuker, Secretary General of EDA. “We see this conference as a unique platform for all stakeholders to exchange their views and expertise, and to engage in a constructive debate on both challenges that will be addressed. We are confident that our policy conference will again lead to interesting perspectives and insights on the expected developments in EU policy-making related to dairy,” he concludes.

The EDA Dairy Policy Conference will be held on Wednesday 20 March 2013, from 14.00 to 17.30 at Concert Noble, Rue d’Arlon 82, 1000 Brussels, Belgium.

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