Program of the Conference on Land Issues in Europe

From Land Grabbing to Land Reform

25th of June 2013, from 9h00 till 12h30

European Parliament ASP 1G2 – Brussels. Organized by GUE/NGL in cooperation with European Coordination Via Campesina


  • 9h00 – 9h20: Welcome and Introduction

  • Welcome : Gabi Zimmer President GUE/NGL (Germany)

  • Introduction : Javier Sanchez, Member of the ECVC Coordination Committee

  • 9h20-10h30: 1st Panel – Access to Land, land concentration and land grabbing

  • Olivier De Schutter, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food

  • Jan Douwe van der Ploeg, TNI – Presentation of the Land Grabbing Report

  • Willy Schuster, Ecoruralis, Romanian national case study

Moderator: Willy Meyer, GUE/NGL MEP (Spain)

  • 10h30 – 11h00: Press Conference/ Coffee break.

  • 11h00 – 12h00: 2nd Panel – Are the EU and national policies favoring equal access to land and the entry into farming by prospective (young and small) farmers ?

  • Dacian Cioloş, European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development (tbc)

  • Patrick Le Hyaric, MEP GUE/NGL (France)

  • Eva García Sempere, Coordinator of theSpatial Planningand Environment Unit ofIU-LV-CA- Preparation of the Land Bankprojectin Andalusia

  • Andrea Ferrante, Member of the ECVC Coordination Committee -Proposal for a EU Directive on Lands

Moderator : Geneviève Savigny, Member of the ECVC Coordination Committee

  • 12h00-12h30: Debate and conclusions by Joao Ferreira, MEP GUE/NGL (Portugal)