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03.04.2019

"My milk is local"

Campaign week from 8 to 12 April 2019

As part of the campaign “My milk is local” and with the support of civil society organisations, European milk producers and dairy farmers from six West-African countries have the pleasure of informing you of a week of exchanges on milk issues in Europe and West Africa to be held in the week from 8 to 12 April 2019.

 

 

Organisations taking part: European Milk Board (EMB), Oxfam Solidarité, SOS Faim, Veterinarians without Borders.

 

PROGRAMME

Monday, 8 April 2019 (9:00-12:30): Session of exchanges

“The value chain of local milk in West Africa: what support for which sector?”

Exchanges to share the experiences of development in the sector and to identify the outlines of technical and financial solutions to the persisting challenges, with the participation of West African and European co-operatives, dairies, international NGOs and state stakeholders.

Where? European Economic and Social Committee (EESC, Room JDE 63) – Rue Belliard 99-101, 1000 Brussels

Full programme (FR)

Contact: Koen Vantroos, Veterinarians without Borders – k.vantroos@vsf-belgium.org or +32 (0)2 240 49 66

 

Tuesday, 9 April 2019 (9:00-13:30): Round table

“How coherent Community policies can support the development of the local dairy sector in West Africa”

Discussion on the influence of the policy of the European Union, institutions and companies on the development of a sustainable local dairy sector in Africa. Analysis of the proposals on European trade and agricultural policy in the presence of West African and European milk producers, representatives of local and European dairy industries, experts from the sector, NGOs, European and West African institutional stakeholders.

Where? Résidence Palace (Maelbeek Room) – Rue de la Loi 155, 1040 Brussels

Full programme

Contact: Benoît De Waegeneer, Oxfam Solidarité – benoit.dewaegeneer@oxfam.org and Vanessa Langer, EMB – langer@europeanmilkboard.org or +32 2 808 1935

 

Wednesday, 10 April 2019 – Symbolic action and press conference

Press conference (10:00-11:00)

Press conference on the consequences of European overproduction on local milk production in West Africa, with the participation of European and West-African milk producers. Presentation of the current context and outlines of solutions for sustainable milk production In Europe and in Africa.

Where? Résidence Palace (Maelbeek Room) – Rue de la Loi 155, 1040 Brussels

Symbolic action (11:00-13:00)

Highly symbolic and “culinary” action with tractors outside the EU Council building, organised jointly by European and West-African producers and by various development organisations. Signing of a joint declaration in front of the media.

Where? Between the Schuman roundabout and the Parc du Cinquantenaire – Rue de la Loi, 1040 Brussels

Press invitation

Contact: Erwin Schöpges, EMB President – schoepges@europeanmilkboard.org or +32 (0) 497 90 45 47

 

Thursday, 11 April – Visit, film screening and discussion meeting

Visit by delegations of West African and European producers to the Netherlands: meetings and visit to a dairy farm

Contact: Vanessa Langer, EMB – langer@europeanmilkboard.org or +32 2 808 1935

Screening of the film “La planète lait” [The Milk Planet] and discussion meeting on the issues of the current situation of milk production in Europe

Where? Cinéma Galeries – Galerie de la Reine 26, 1000 Brussels

When? Thursday, 11 April, from 19.00 to 21.30 hours

Contact: François Graas, SOS Faim – francois.graas@sosfaim.ong or +32 2 548 06 70

 

Friday, 12 April (12:30-14:00): Presentations and visit

Presentations at the European Commission’s Infopoint, Rue de la Loi 43, 1040 Brussels

Registration

Contact: François Graas, SOS Faim – francois.graas@sosfaim.ong or +32 2 548 06 70

Visit by delegations of West African and European producers to Belgium: visit to the Herve Société cheese dairy and visit to the “Ferme du Bois de Herve” dairy farm

Contact: Vanessa Langer, EMB – langer@europeanmilkboard.org or +32 2 808 1935

 

From 14 to 16 April

Visit by a delegation of West African and European producers to Germany: meetings, visit to a dairy farm, opening of the photo exhibition “Milk doesn’t like travelling, but dairy farmers do!”.

Contacts: Vanessa Langer, EMB – langer@europeanmilkboard.org or +32 2 808 1935 and Rainer Forster, BDM Germany – r.forster@bdm-verband.de or +49 (0)8161 53847312

 

"Let's not export our problems": summary

Programme as PDF

  

Contact:
EMB office: office@europeanmilkboard.org / +32 (0)2 808 1935


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