This workshop will present preliminary findings from the REFRESH project on opportunities for improving EU policies relevant to food waste prevention and valorisation. It is directed at policymakers and high-level experts in food waste from business, research, and civil society. Participation is by invitation only.

Food Waste is a problem that has its roots in different sectors and different policy areas. Hence, solving the problem needs a strategic and integrative approach. While there has been some progress on EU level to fight food waste, it remains a main challenge to better align the different policies which can combat food waste, as also argued in the EU court of Auditors report, published in January 2017. In order to identify opportunities for policy improvement and synergies between different policy areas, the EU research project REFRESH has conducted an EU policy screening that analyses the different entry points of EU policies to food waste prevention and valorization and formulates op-portunities for improvement.

The screening covers 1) waste and resource policies, 2) food safety and hygiene, 3) (special case) use of former food for animal feed, 4) agriculture and rural development, 5) fisheries policy, 6) waste to energy (bioenergy), 7) consumer policy (product information, date labeling, nudging approaches), 8) unfair trading practices and 9) voluntary cooperation in the food chain. Due to the research focus of the REFRESH project a particular emphasis has been put on analyzing entry points to improve policies that increase the uptake of food waste for animal feed, opportunities to promote voluntary agreements, approaches to tackle unfair trading practices, and policy options to influence consumer behaviour.

In the workshop, we will investigate all above mentioned policy areas, and go into depth on these four. The workshop will also feature structured sessions for dialogue across sectors and policy areas to develop a common understanding of drivers and opportunities. The results of the workshop will guide future policy work within the REFRESH project (e.g. development of specific policy recommendations).

The workshop will take place on 08. November 2017 in Brussels, back to back with the Meeting of the EU Platform on Food Losses and Food Waste on 07. November. Participation is by invitation only.



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