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FORECASTED AGENDA OF THE EU PROTEIN PLAN 2018

CATEGORY: Policy

June 20, 2018

On April 17, 2018, the European Parliament adopted, a resolution on a European strategy for the promotion of protein crops (by 542 votes to 33, with 109 abstentions) - encouraging the production of protein and leguminous plants in the European agriculture sector. Parliament proposed to implement a major European strategic plan for the production and supply of plant proteins, both for feed and food, calling for:

  • the Commission to take immediate actions  to avoid any reduction in the current production level of protein crops, particularly regarding legumes, with particular account to their environmental benefits ;
  • the establishment of a European platform, supported by the European Crops Market Observatory to identify protein cultivation areas, determine protein production capabilities (species and volumes), and catalogue all research done so far on proteins.

The resolution can be found here: [2017/2116(INI) ]

 

The European Commission committed to publish, before the end of the year, a protein plan for Europe. The DG AGRI-G4 (market) is responsible to coordinate several events to prepare this report:

  • The European Commission was asking experts and stakeholders for their views on the state of play in the EU plant protein sector, the first phase in the possible development of an EU-wide protein plan. About 450 answers have been collected through a web survey, half of them coming from France and Germany. The need to support legume research seems to be the top priority coming from that survey.
  • A workshop on “Research & Innovation in plant proteins” was held in Brussels on 24 and 25 April 2018. Several partners from LegValue attended the workshop
  • A workshop on "EU Plant Proteins - Agronomic Practices and Environmental Benefits" was held in Bucharest, Romania on 11 to 13 June 2018. The workshop did focus on soya, pulses and forage legumes, the three main components of the legume species grown in Europe. Experts from LegValue participated in the workshop.
  • A workshop on “Protein plants supply chains” is planned on 11 and 12 July in Châlons, France. Experts from LegValue should participate in this workshop.
  • A survey on “Protein plant market” has started the first of March 2018, and a workshop is planned in Amsterdam in September to discuss around the survey report (T.B.A).
  • A final conference to present the report will be held in Vienna on 22 and 23 November 2018.

This new protein plan report will define the road map to promote and to develop legumes in Europe. It is a good opportunity for LegValue and TRUE projects within the ‘Crop diversification’ cluster of Horizon2020 funded EU projects including also DiverIMPACTS, DIVERFARMING, DIVERrsify and ReMIX, to contribute and to provide they work plan to successfully develop new legume-based value chains that will foster the cultivation and use of legumes in Europe for more sustainable agrifood systems.

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