On March 21st 2018, AREPO will organise in Brussels the “European event of quality and origin products”. This will be the fourth edition of our event and we will gather together the European Institutions, regional authorities and producers from our member regions.
This edition will be organised in the framework of the AGROSMARTcoop “Space for the integration, competitiveness and intelligent economic growth of agri-food cooperatives in the SUDOE rural areas”, a European project cofinanced by the Interreg Sudoe programme which aims to attenuate the disadvantages of rural areas belonging to the Sudoe and to promote their development through the support of their agri-food cooperatives.
The event will be divided into two sections: the conference “A new CAP for high quality products” in the afternoon and a sampling of farmers’ products from our Regions in the evening. The conference will focus on the role of Geographical Indications and quality products in the rural development with the aim to discuss how to strengthen GIs support in the CAP post 2020.
GIs and quality products are able to contribute to and complement rural development policy as well as market and income support policies of the CAP. Nevertheless, their enormous potential is still underutilized in the EU and a renewed attention from policy makers is needed to unlock it. Quality policy is a major pillar of the European sustainable food system. Thus, CAP should support the functioning of this virtuous economic model capable of delivering public goods.