Conference on GMO Free Zones, 11th (and 12th) JANUARY 2001

In the European Parliament, Brussels, auditorium 1G 02.(Spinelli entrance).

Co-organised by The Greens/EFA Group, The European Federation of Green Parties

and The Federation of Young European Greens.

AGENDA 11th of January

(9.00-9.50 Pressconference /Breakfast for specially invited journalists)

10.00 Welcome and introduction- Heidi Hautala or Paul Lannoye. Co-president Greens/EFA.

10.15 The battle against GM food: so far so good?

CHAIR: Paul Lannoye or Heidi Hautala

*Vandana Shiva, Director Research Foundation for Science Technology and Ecology ,India.

"Will biotechnology feed the world’s hungry?"

*Brian Tokar, Institute of Social Ecology, USA. Scientist, author and grassroots activist.

"The political movement against biotechnology in the USA".

*Benny Haerlin, Greenpeace International GMO Campaign Director.

"NGOs and the International anti-GMO campaign".

11.30 Debate and discussion

12.10 GMO-free Zones- Who holds the power?

CHAIR: Hiltrud Breyer, MEP

*Maria Idalina de Sant´Ana, biotechnology adviser of deputy João Grandão – member of the Worker´s Party in the Brazilian Parliament.

"The fight for a GMO-free Brazil, starting in Rio Grande do Sul".

*Peg Putt, Tasmanian Green MP and anti GMO campaigner, Australia.

"The fight for a GMO-free Tasmania".

13.00 Debate and Discussion

13.30 Lunch

15.00 The European Situation –Existing GMO-free regions?

CHAIR: Arnold Cassola, General Secretary of the European Federation of Green Parties.

*Alfonso Pecoraro Scanio, Green Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, Italy.

"Successful ban of GMOs in Italian regions.. the government is positive.. is the EU?"

*Francisco José Ormazabal, Basque Minister of Urban Planning, Housing and the

Environment, Basque Region.

"Can the Basque region become GMO-free?"

*Joseph Hoppichler, Federal Institute for Less-Favoured and Mountainous Areas, Austria.

"Concepts of GMO-free Environmentally Sensitive Areas."

16.00 Debate and discussion

16.40 GMO-free zones, GMO-free world, where do we go from here?

CHAIR: Jill Evans MEP, Greens/EFA Group,(Wales).


*Dario Fo, writer and Nobel Prize winner ,Italy. (To be confirmed)

*Jose Bové, founder of Confederation Paysanne, France. (To be confirmed).

"GMOs and the anti globalisation movement. A bigger agenda?"


17.30 Closing session-Debate and discussion. Conclusions from the chair.

18.30 Close of formal proceeding.

19.00 Dinner at a Brussels restaurant. (For speakers.)


FRIDAY the 12th January 2001


NGO meetings and roundtable-discussions in the European Parliament.

No Conference Fees

Simultaneous translation in the main EU languages. (Only on Thursday the 11th.)

Lia Sandberg Moustogianni

GMO-Conference Coordinator

European Parliament

Spinelli 8 G 138

Rue Wiertz

B-1047 Bruxelles, Belgique

Tel:0032-(0)2-28 42 440, Mobile phone: 0032-(0)474-23 19 92

Fax:0032-(0)2-28 49 967

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