Online Seminar

"How the EU ensures the high quality and safety standards of its agri-food products"

Tokyo-Brussels, 19-20 April 2021

The European Union will hold an online seminar on EU production standards for agri-food products on 19-20 April 2021.

Discover Europe’s high food safety and quality standards, understand the EU agri-food system and learn more about how to use the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA).

Representatives of the Japanese authorities, major retailers and distributors, HoReCa sector, consumer organisations as well as agri-food media representatives are invited to join Her Excellency Ms Patricia Flor (EU Ambassador to Japan), Mr Osawa Makoto (Vice-Minister for International Affairs, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries), Mr Wolfgang Burtscher (Director General for Agriculture and Rural Development, European Commission), Mr John Clarke (Director, International Relations, Directorate General for Agriculture and Rural Development, European Commission),  and a panel of EU experts for interactive discussions.

The online seminar will cover the following product categories:

e-Learnings

Check out our e-Learnings and learn more about the topics below!
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Overview of EU Legislative Framework on Food Safety, Animal Health and Plant Health
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Food traceability in the EU: How the EU ensures that food produced in Europe is safe and can be traced back
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EU legislation on food information to consumers: labelling, nutrition declaration, nutrition and health claims
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The EU as a single entity for international trade
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Animal identification, traceability and animal welfare
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Official controls on animals and animal products in the EU
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How the EU is tackling the global challenge of antimicrobial resistance
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The principle of Regionalization on international trade
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The EU Phytosanitary system and the Plant Health Law
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EU management of pesticides and contaminants
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Official controls of plants and plant products in the EU
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Online Seminar

"How the EU ensures the high quality and safety standards of its agri-food products"

Tokyo-Brussels, 19-20 April 2021

19 April 2021

Brussels
07:00 - 07:20
Tokyo
14:00 - 14:20
Brussels
07:00 - 07:20

Welcome and official opening

  • Her Excellency Ms Patricia Flor, EU Ambassador to Japan
  • Mr OSAWA Makoto, Vice-Minister for International Affairs, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF)
  • Mr Wolfgang Burtscher, Director General for Agriculture and Rural Development, European Commission

Brussels
07:20 - 08:05
Tokyo
14:20 - 15:05
Brussels
07:20 - 08:05

Introductory presentation: Benefits of the Implementation of the Economic Partnership Agreement between the EU and Japan: Focus on agri-food sector

  • Chairman: Mr John Clarke, Director, International Relations, Directorate General for Agriculture and Rural Development, European Commission
  • Presentation by Dr UETAKE Tetsuya, Director and Negotiator for Europe and Canada, Bilateral Affairs Division, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan
  • Presentation by Ms Ann-Sophie Dupont, Directorate General for Agriculture and Rural Development, European Commission

Questions & Answers from the public


Brussels
08:05 - 09:05
Tokyo
15:05 - 16:05
Brussels
08:05 - 09:05

General presentation on EU food safety and quality system
linked to the e-Learning videos

  • Chairman: Mr Sergio Pavon, Directorate General for Agriculture and Rural Development, European Commission
  • Speakers: Mr Koen Van Dyck, Head of Unit, Directorate General for Health and Food Safety, European Commission;
    Mr Patrick Deboyser, European College of Parma

Topics to be covered:

  • Overview of EU Legislative Framework on Food Safety, Animal Health and Plant Health
  • Food traceability in the EU: How the EU ensures that food produced in Europe is safe and can be traced back
  • EU legislation on food information to consumers: labelling, nutrition declaration, nutrition and health claims
  • The EU as a single entity for international trade

Questions & Answers from the public


Brussels
09:05 - 09:20
Tokyo
16:05 - 16:20
Brussels
09:05 - 09:20

Break


Brussels
09:20 - 10:05
Tokyo
16:20 - 17:05
Brussels
09:20 - 10:05

Questions & Answers from the participants linked to E-Learning presentations available on an online platform (in parallel virtual rooms)

Room 1: Animals and animal products. Free movement of animals and animal products within the EU: How the EU ensures safe and sustainable trade of animals and animal products?

  • Chairman: Mr Flavio Coturni, Head of Unit, Directorate General for Trade, European Commisssion
  • Speakers: Ms Anette Haurum, Directorate General for Trade, European Commission;
    Mr Andrea Dionisi, Directorate General for Health and Food Safety

Topics to be covered:

  • Animal identification, traceability and animal welfare
  • Official controls on animals and animal products in the EU
  • How the EU is tackling the global challenge of antimicrobial resistance
  • The principle of Regionalization on international trade

Room 2: Plants and plant products: Free movement of plants and plant products within the EU: How the EU ensures the safe and sustainable trade of plants and plant products?

  • Chairman: Mr Sergio Pavon, Directorate General for Agriculture and Rural Development, European Commission
  • Speakers: Mr Patrick Deboyser, European College of Parma

Topics to be covered:

  • The EU Phytosanitary system and the Plant Health Law
  • EU management of pesticides and contaminants
  • Official controls of plants and plant products in the EU

Room 3: Geographical Indications - opportunities for EU-Japan trade

  • Chairwoman: Ms Natalie Nathon, Directorate General for Agriculture and Rural Development, European Commission
  • Speaker: Mr Raimondo Serra, Deputy Head of Unit, Directorate General for Agriculture and Rural Development, European Commission

Room 4: Organic farming-opportunities for international trade

  • Chairwoman: Ms Cecilie Bøje, Directorate General for Agriculture and Rural Development, European Commission
  • Speaker: Ms Elena Panichi, Head of Unit, Directorate General for Agriculture and Rural Development, European Commission

Brussels
10:05 - 10:20
Tokyo
17:05 - 17:20
Brussels
10:05 - 10:20

Break


Brussels
10:20 - 11:05
Tokyo
17:20 - 18:05
Brussels
10:20 - 11:05

The EU Green Deal, Sustainable Agriculture and the Strategy

  • Chairman: Mr Sergio Pavon, Directorate General for Agriculture and Rural Development, European Commission
  • Mr Olaf Heidelbach, Directorate General for Agriculture and Rural Development, European Commission

20 April 2021

Brussels
07:45 - 08:30
Tokyo
14:45 - 15:30
Brussels
07:45 - 08:30

Practical session on how to use trade facilitating tools provided under the EPA (RoO, TRQs, applying for preferences, etc.)

  • Chairwoman: Ms Ann-Sophie Dupont, Directorate General for Agriculture and Rural Development, European Commission
  • Mr Albert Hendriks, Taxation and Custom Union, European Commission
  • Ms Sylwia Czerska, Delegation of the European Union to Japan

Brussels
08:30 - 08:45
Tokyo
15:30 - 15:45
Brussels
08:30 - 08:45

Break


Brussels
08:45 - 10:00
Tokyo
15:45 - 17:00
Brussels
08:45 - 10:00

Product-oriented sessions on EU sanitary, technical and quality standards in different sectors (in parallel virtual rooms)

Room 1: Cheeses and dairy products
Ms Maria Libertini, Mr Iñigo Lizarraga and Mr Alexander Anton, European Dairy Association (EDA)

Room 2: Wines, spirits and beers
Mr Ignacio Sanchez Recarte, Comité Européen des Entreprises Vins (CEEV);
Mr Ulrich Adam, SpiritsEurope;
Mr Pierre-Olivier Bergeron, The Brewers of Europe

Room 3: Animal products: bovine meat, pork, processed meat products:
Dr Karsten Maier, Union Européenne du Commerce du Bétail et des Métiers de la Viande (UECBV);
Ms Birthe Steenberg, The Association of Poultry Processors and Poultry Trade in the EU Countries (AVEC);
Mr Paolo Patruno, Liaison Centre for the Meat Processing Industry in the EU (CLITRAVI)

Room 4: Fruits and vegetables, olive oil:
Mr Philippe Binard, Freshfel Europe;
Ms Teresa Perez Millan, Spanish Olive Oil Interprofessional Organization


Brussels
10:00 - 10:15
Tokyo
17:00 - 17:15
Brussels
10:00 - 10:15

Break


Brussels
10:15 - 11:30
Tokyo
17:15 - 18:30
Brussels
10:15 - 11:30

Roundtable debate

How to boost EU-Japan trade in agri-food products.   The Japanese market: challenges and opportunities for bilateral trade

Chairman of the Round Table debate by Mr Brian Maguire, Brussels-based Journalist

Participants EU side:

Ms Marie-Hélène Le Henaff, Agriculture Counsellor at the Embassy of France;
Mr Arnold Ackerer, Deputy Head of ADVANTAGE AUSTRIA in Tokyo (Commercial Attaché at the Austrian Embassy);
Mr Joe Moore, East Asia Market Specialist (Japan and Korea), Bord Bia (Irish Food Board);
Chef Dominique Corby.

Participants Japanese side:

Ms HONMA Rumiko, Chairwoman of Cheese Professional Association;
Mr KAWAHARA Tatsuo, General Manager: Brand Products & International Business Unit, Overseas Business Group Imported Foods Div;
Mr KOIKE Koichi, Executive Director at Starzen Europe ApS.


Brussels
11:30 - 11:45
Tokyo
18:30 - 18:45
Brussels
11:30 - 11:45

Closing remarks

by Mr John Clarke, Director, International Relations, European Commission, Directorate General for Agriculture and Rural Development

Speakers

Ms Patricia Flor
- EU Ambassador to Japan
Mr Wolfgang Burtscher
- Director General, European Commission, Directorate General for Agriculture and Rural Development
Mr OSAWA Makoto
- Vice-Minister for International Affairs in Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF).
Mr John Clarke
- Director, European Commission, Directorate General for Agriculture and Rural Development
Dr UETAKE Tetsuya
- Director and Negotiator for Europe and Canada, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF).
Ms Ann-Sophie Dupont
- Directorate General for Agriculture and Rural Development, European Commission
Mr Sergio Pavon
- International Relations Officer, European Commission, Directorate General for Agriculture and Rural Development
Mr Koen Van Dyck
- Head of Unit, Directorate General for Health and Food Safety, European Commission
Mr Patrick Deboyser
- Professor at European College of Parma Foundation
Mr Flavio Coturni
- Head of Unit, Directorate General for Trade, European Commisssion
Mr Andrea Dionisi
- Directorate General for Health and Food Safety, European Commission Team leader-Coordinator for Asian Countries, Oceania and Africa. International relations unit
Ms Natalie Nathon
- International relations officer, European Commission, Directorate General for Agriculture and Rural Development
Mr Raimondo Serra
- Deputy Head of the Unit responsible for “Asia and Australasia”, European Commission, Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development
Ms Cecilie Bøje
- Directorate General for Agriculture and Rural Development, European Commission
Ms Elena Panichi
- Head of Unit, European Commission, Directorate General for Agriculture and Rural Development
Mr Olaf Heidelbach
- Directorate General for Agriculture and Rural Development, European Commission
Mr Albert Hendriks
- Coordination and Negotiation; Unit TAXUD E/5 (Trade Facilitation, Rules of Origin and International Coordination: Americas, Africa, Far East and South Asia, Oceania)
Ms Sylwia Czerska
- Delegation of the European Union to Japan
Mr Alexander Anton
- Secretary General, the European Dairy Association (EDA)
Ms Maria Libertini
- Policy Officer in Food, Environment and Health in the European Dairy Association (EDA)
Mr Iñigo Lizarraga
- Policy Officer in Trade & Economics in the European Dairy Association (EDA)
Mr Ignacio Sanchez Recarte
- Comité Européen des Entreprises Vins
Mr Ulrich Adam
- SpiritsEurope
Mr Pierre-Olivier Bergeron
- Secretary General, The Brewers of Europe
Dr Karsten Maier
- European Livestock and Meat Trades Union
Ms Birthe Steenberg
- Association of Poultry Processors and Poultry Trade in the EU countries
Mr Paolo Patruno
- Liaison Centre for the Meat Processing Industry in the EU (CLITRAVI)
Mr Philippe Binard
- Freshfel Europe
Ms Teresa Perez Millan
- Spanish Olive Oil Interprofessional Organization
Ms HONMA Rumiko
- CEO, Fermier S.A. / Chairperson, Cheese Professional Association
Mr KAWAHARA Tatsuo
- General Manager: Brand Products & International Business Unit, Overseas Business Group Imported Foods Div.
Mr KOIKE Koichi
- Starzen Co. Ltd.
Ms Marie-Hélène Le Henaff
- Agriculture Counsellor at the Embassy of France
Mr Arnold Ackerer
- Deputy Head of ADVANTAGE AUSTRIA in Tokyo (Commercial Attaché at the Austrian Embassy)
Mr Joe Moore
- East Asia Market Specialist (Japan and Korea), Bord Bia (Irish Food Board)
Chef Dominique Corby
- Grand Chef

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