SME ORGANICS: the final event in Brussels (IT)


The final event of the SME Organics project will take place on 2 December in Brussels. It will feature the lessons learnt over the past four years of intense collaboration in designing regional organic action plans. The event will also highlight the role of European interregional cooperation for designing Regional Organic Action Plans. The program (it can be downloaded HERE) foresees,  after a welcome session, a speech by Nicolas Lampkin, Organic Policy consultant, who will provide an overview of the organic sector in the European Union. A representative of the JTS will then present the Interreg Europe Programme and how it can support policy learning amongst different regions of the EU. Afterwards, Natalia Bellostas will present the lessons learnt during the SME Organics project.

The event will close with two panel discussions. The first one will focus on the experiences of the project partners regarding the role of interregional cooperation, moderated by Eric Gall, IFOAM EU Policy Manager, and the second one will explore the impact of multi-funded Regional Action Plans for supporting the growth of the organic sector.

The SME Organics project  allowed regional partners from all over Europe to develop Regional Organic Action Plans through tailored funding and policy mixes. By mobilising stakeholders in all participating regions and exchanging experience the project will stimulate the growth of organic Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), resulting in high quality food production, job creation, environmental protection and animal welfare. All project partner regions and the expert supporting partner will participate in the event. 

The SME Organics project (more information HERE) was funded within the framework of the Interreg Europe Programme. The project partner regions are Navarre (ES), Puglia (IT), Lombardy (IT), New Aquitaine (FR), Aargau (CH), North-West (RO), Lodzkie Region (PL), Seinäjoki (FI). The expert supporting partner is IFOAM EU (BE).

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Source: IFOAM EU