The European Organic Congress gala dinner blends panel discussion with organic food

Brussels (19.11.2007) - The IFOAM EU Group (1) confirmed the programme for the evening event as highlight at the end of the first day of the European Organic Congress (2) on December 4th-5th, 2007 . The Brussels ’ La Tentation will be the venue of a panel discussion involving the head of cabinet of Commissioner Fischer Boel, the OECD Head of the Policies and Environment Division and NGO representatives who will discuss about “The rural world of tomorrow - FutureChallenges of Agriculture in a changing environment”.

The session will be chaired by Mette Meldgaard, IFOAM Vice President, and the panellists are:

  • Poul Skytte Christoffersen, Head of Cabinet of Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Mariann Fischer Boel
  • Wilfrid Legg, Head of the Policies and Environment Division in the OECD Agriculture Directorate
  • Tamas Marghescu, IUCN, Regional Director for Europe
  • Rasmus Kjeldahl , President, BEUC
  • Patrick Holden, Director of the Soil Association
  • Andrea Caroe , Chair of the USDA National Organic Standards Board

The panel discussion is followed by an organic gala dinner and a cultural programme. Apart from a delicious three course organic meal, the highlights of the evening involve an Astor Piazolla concert and an oriental dance performance. “We promise this will be an evening to remember - says the Director of the IFOAM EU Group, Marco Schlueter - but as the number of seats for this event is limited and only 20 tickets are left, we urge congress participants to register as soon as possible”.


To see the full programme for the evening event, please see:

and for further information and online registration for the congress, please see:

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More information:

IFOAM EU Group, phone + 32-2-280 12 23, Fax: +32-2-735 73 81,,,


(1)The Congress “The future of organic food and farming within the reformed CAP – Reviewing the European Organic Action plan and future perspectives” will be held in Brussels , December 4-5, 2007 . The congress is co-financed by the European Community, Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development. The sole responsibility for the communication/ publication lies with the author. The Commission is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information contained therein.

(2)The IFOAM EU Group represents the 330 member organisations of IFOAM (International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements) in the EU-27, EFTA and the accession countries. Member organisations include: consumer, farmer and processor associations; research, education and advisory organisations; certification bodies and commercial organic companies.