Starch Europe Conference 2019

15 October 2019 – 16:30 to 18:30

followed by a Cocktail and Walking Dinner


Join us this year to celebrate Starch Europe’s 60th anniversary!

To mark this occasion, and in a year of political change in Brussels, we invite you to join us in discussing our political expectations of the the new European institutions, but also to share a glass with us to celebrate.

This year’s event will take place at the Bozar in Brussels. The afternoon will start at 16:30 with a presentation of Starch Europe’s policy asks for 2019-2024 by Starch Europe President Alain Dufait.

This will be followed  by a high-level exchange of views with panelists includingMella Frewen (FoodDrinkEurope), John Clarke (Director International Trade, European Commission DG AGRI), Lennart Nilsson (Copa-Cogeca), and Michael Scannell (Director Markets and Observatories, European Commission DG AGRI) discussing the expectations and aspirations of the European Starch industry, and moderated by Jacki Davis (Journalist).

From 18:30, a cocktail and walking dinner will bring the day to a close, celebrating the 60 years of our industry representation.

The event will also serve as kick-off for a 6 week pan-European campaign – Beyond Starch – which will see our members organise a wide array of activities across Europe to showcase the innovative and vibrant industry, and the many ingredients we produce. Check out to find out more about the campaign, as well as what activities might take place near you.


16:30 – 16:35
Introduction and Opening Remarks
(Jacki Davis)
16:35 – 16:55
Presentation of Starch Europe’s Policy Priorities 2019-2024 and the Beyond Starch Campaign 2019
(Alain Dufait, President Starch Europe)
16:55 – 18:15
Panel Discussion on the Policy Priorities, including the new CAP, pressure on pesticides, new breeding techniques, Brexit, the EU Protein Plan, International Trade, and the preservation of the EU Single Market (With experts including Mella Frewen (FoodDrinkEurope), John Clarke (EC DG Agri), Lennart Nilsson (Copa-Cogeca), and Michael Scannell (EC DG Agri))
(Moderator: Jacki Davis)
18:30 – 20:30
Cocktail and Walking Dinner


  • BoZar

  • Rue Baron Horta 11 – 1000 Brussels