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Europees Economisch en Sociaal Comité (EESC)
© Kevin Bergenhenegouwen
datum 10 februari 2021 14:30 - 18:15
plaats Brussel, België
locatie Delors (JDE) Toon locatie
organisatie Europees Economisch en Sociaal Comité (EESC)

Detailed Agenda of the NAT Section meeting






Please note the special remarks below



10/02/2021, 11:30-13:00, 14.30-18:15


Rue Belliard/Belliardstraat 99 - 1040 Bruxelles/Brussel


JDE 62 - Interactio video conference/hybrid (tbc)


Peter Schmidt

Meeting No




Document date


For the attention of section bureau members:

Section bureau meeting

09/02/2021, 14:30-18:30, JDE 63 - Interactio video conference

10/02/2021, 09:30-11:00, JDE 62 - Interactio video conference/hybrid (tbc)

Draft agenda:

  • Adoption of the draft agenda
  • Approval of the minutes of the 197th meeting, held on 11 January 2021


  • Debate with the EESC president, Christa Schweng
    • 12:00 to 12:05: introduction by NAT section president, Peter Schmidt
    • 12:05 to 12:20: A threefold presentation by EESC president, Christa Schweng:
  • The EESC presidency programme,
  • Feedback from her recent meetings with Mr Michel, Mr Sassoli and Mr Timmermans,
  • The EESC president's vision on the NAT's remits and priorities and, in particular, the European Green Deal and the 17 SDGs.
    • 12:20 to 13:00: discussion with NAT members
  • Thematic debate on the Farm to Fork strategy and UN Food Systems Summit: making food systems a key leverage in the implementation of the SDGs and the Paris Agreement

    14.30-15.45 - Session 1

    • Introduction by NAT section president, Peter Schmidt
    • Presentation by Claire Bury, Deputy Director-General, DG Health and Food Safety - The implementation of the Commission's Farm to Fork strategy in the context of the European Green Deal and post-COVID sustainable recovery (10 minutes)
    • Presentation by Martin Frick, Deputy to the UN Secretary General Special Envoy for the UN Food Systems Summit 2021 - The UN Food Systems Summit 2021: launching bold new actions to transform the way the world produces and consumes food and deliver on the SDGs (10 minutes)
    • Discussion with NAT section members

    15.45-16.30 - Session 2

    • Structured debate with NAT section members
  • A preliminary debate on the impact of Brexit on NAT priorities: EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement - Setting the scene for agri-food products

    17:00 to 17:45 CET

    • Introduction by NAT section president, Peter Schmidt
    • Presentations by:
    • Prof. Tim Lang, Professor of Food Policy, Centre for Food Policy, City University of London
    • Koen Mondelaers, deputy head of unit Global issues and relations with ACP, DG AGRI, European Commission
    • Debate with NAT section members
  • Exchange of views on the draft opinion on Sustainability requirements for batteries in the EU - CCMI/178, rapporteurs: Bruno Choix and Franck Uhlig


  • Organisation of section work

    Gr. I

    Gr. II

    Gr. III

    NAT/815 A12 -A18

    New EU strategy on adaptation to climate change

    Dimitriadis - Rap (Art 66(3) of Antoniou)




    Puech D'Alissac

    Puxeu Rocamora


    Caño Aguilar -Pres







    Garat Pérez

    Kupšys - Co-Rapp

    Miltoviča - (Art63(3) Tiainen)



  • Any other business
  • Date of the next meeting

    The section's 199th meeting will take place on 8 March 2021 from 14:30 to 18:30 with the following provisional agenda:

    • NAT/807 - Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability
    • NAT/805 - Evaluation on Directive on the Sustainable Use of Pesticides
    • Thematic debate on sustainable rural/urban areas (tbc)

    The section bureau will meet on the same day from 09:30 to 11:00 (tbc).



    In view of the current situation regarding the pandemic, the Belgian national authorities have adopted a series of strict measures to combat the alarming rates of infection in the country (more information on the Belgian measures is available via the following link: https://www.info-coronavirus.be/en/).

    Subject to the evolution of the pandemic in Belgium and in accordance with the president's decision of 22 December 2020 (SG.A.MODA(2020)D/3301), Committee meetings can be held in a hybrid format as of 16 January 2021. However, given recent public health developments, participants are strongly encouraged to follow the meetings remotely.

    Participants invited to a hybrid meeting and who plan to attend the meeting in person should inform the meeting organiser that they will be physically present at the meeting at least one calendar week before the date of the meeting. Failure to comply with this provision shall result in members being denied access to the meeting room.

    All the technical details of the organisation of the Interactio video conference will be sent to you in a separate message.

    In accordance with the Bureau decision of 28 October 2020 amending the decision on the reimbursement of expenses and allowances, beneficiaries who have been invited to a duly authorised meeting and who decide to participate remotely shall be entitled to a daily allowance if they are unable to attend the meeting in person as a result of COVID-19 national travel restrictions or other related measures, provided that their name is included on the attendance list that is drawn up on the day of the meeting, by the secretariat. For any questions regarding reimbursements, please contact the Members' Working Conditions Unit.

    Members unable to attend the meeting are asked to give advance notice to nat-events@eesc.europa.eu

    Information about practical arrangements can be found here.


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    N.B.: Members and experts are asked to sign the attendance list in order to ensure that their meeting expenses are refunded.

    Recorded meeting - see Decision No 206/17A. Privacy statement.

    EESC-2021-00195-00-02-CONVPOJ-TRA (EN) 4/4



Europees Economisch en Sociaal Comité (EESC)

In het Europees Economisch en Sociaal Comité (EESC) zitten mensen uit allerlei organisaties in de maatschappij, zoals bedrijven, vakbonden en milieugroepen. Het comité is in 1957 opgericht.


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