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CAP and sustainability for the future of European Agriculture

CAP is a fundamental policy for sustainable growth within the European Union. It contributes to the improvement of the competiveness of farms and enhances the role of farmers in rural areas, which in turn contribute to the wider social, environmental and economic dimension of regions and countries. The activity of farmers and farmers’ organisations is crucial in these contexts, as they are key players in the conservation of the environment and in the shaping and preservation of the landscape of rural areas.

The Conference aims to discuss the contribution of CAP to sustainable growth by analysing the reformed policy at both the European and the National level, but also aims to provide the participants with specific cases of experiences and good practices carried out in several EU Countries.


Gozitano Conference
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Friday 7th November

  • 09.30 Registration of the participants and welcome coffee
  • 10.30 Presentation of the conference and introduction

    Opening Speech of the Chairman of the conference, Mr. Martin Bugelli

    Welcome Speech and presentation of the partners:
    Dr. Joseph Grech, Gozitano PO, Dr. George Attard, Institute of Agriculture, Dr. Elisabetta Bressan Associazione GB Landeschi, Mr. Fabio Panchetti CIA Pisa, Mr Emiel Essemiens, Duinboeren PO, Ms. Miriam Portelli, Mayor of Nadur, Maltese representative within the Charter of European Rural Communities
  • 11.15 An overview of sustainability concept; Mr. Marco Dimech
  • 11.45 Question Time
  • 12.00 Welcome lunch for all the participants
  • 15.00 Session 1: “Producers Organisations, an instrument for sustainability of European agriculture”: “The new CMO fruit and vegetables” Dr. Giovanni Stampi; “POs 2005 - 2009 in Malta: results achieved – Gozitano PO” Dr. Francesco Spinella; “Food safety for fruit and vegetables in farms and processing agricultural products, EC Reg. 852/2004 and its application” Dr. Angelo Maraglino. “The National Strategy for Maltese Producers Organisations” Dr. George Attard, Director, Institute of Agriculture, University of Malta
  • 16.30 Question Time
  • 16.45 Coffee break
  • 17.15 Intervention by Hon. Joseph M. Sammut, MLP Spokesman for agriculture and fisheries
  • 17.30 Intervention by Hon. George Pullicino Minister for Resources and Rural Affairs
  • 17.45 End first day
  • 20.00 Dinner hosted by Bank of Valletta


Saturday 8th November

  • 09.00 Registration of the participants
  • 09.30 Session 2: “Agriculture and environment: How CAP can support the creation of sustainable territories?” Dr. Rachel Xuereb, ADI Consulting, Dr. Ruben Curmi Coordinator Gozo Eco-Island Project, Samuela Bassi, Institute for European Environmental Policy (UK)
  • 11.00 Question Time
  • 11.15 Coffee break
  • 11.45 Session 2: “Environmental Sustainability for Malta”, Mr. Julian Zarb, Assistant Director within the office of the Permanent Secretary Information, Tourism and Sustainable Development at the Office of the Prime Minister; “The strategic use of CAP funds as a pillar for sustainability”, Dr. Christopher Ciantar, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Resources and Rural Affairs
  • 12.45 Question Time
  • 13.00 Lunch break
  • 15.00 Session 3: “Quality production for a sustainable agriculture in the Mediterranean”, Dr. Giuseppe Politi, President CIA, Vice-President COPA COGECA;
    Case Study: “The revalorisation of typical products”, Dott. Roberto Scalacci, CIA Toscana; “RDP in Malta and Measures to sustain Quality Production”, Ms. Sonya Sammut, Acting Director, Rural Development Department, MRRA
  • 16.15 Question Time
  • 16.30 Coffee break
  • 17.00 Session 3: “Case study: Use of LEADER funds to stimulate local sustainable development”. Mr. Emiel Essemiens, Duinboeren PO (NL); Mr. Valentin Lorenzo Prieto, Ayuntamiento El Berrueco (SP)
  • 17.45 Intervention by Hon. Chris Said, Parliamentary Secretary for Information and Public Dialogue, Office of the Prime Minister
  • 18.00 End second day
  • 20.00 Dinner hosted by Malta Europe Steering and Action Committee (MEUSAC)

Sunday 9th November

  • 09.30 Registration of the participants
  • 10.00 Session 4: The key elements of CAP for sustainability and the main challenges for Maltese agriculture, Session organised by the Institute of Agriculture, University of Malta “The impact of Pesticides and fertilizers on the environment”, Dr. Antoine Vella; “CAP and the challenges for soil and water” Dr.Antoine Sacco; “CAP and the livestock sector” Dr. Mauro Buttigieg, “The use of medicinal and aromatic plants in Maltese agriculture” Dr. Everaldo Attard
  • 11.45 Question Time & concluding remarks
  • 12.45 Conclusions of the conference by Hon. Giovanna Debono, Minister for Gozo, Malta
  • 13.00 Farewell lunch