Agri-food Law Seminar 2024

Agri-food Law Seminar 2024
May 31, 2024 12:00

We are delighted to invite you again to our annual Agri-food Law Seminar! Discover the seminar’s program here below:

12:00 – 13:00 Welcome and lunch

13:00 – 13:45 “The draft NGT Regulation at the level of the Council – a state of play”

by Mathias De Mesmaeker (Chair of technical working party on NGT at the level of the Council of the EU – Attaché of the Belgian FPS of health, food chain safety and environment)

13:50 – 14:30 “No patents and eternal EDV status for NGT plants?” 

The European Parliament wants to ban NGT plants and related inventions from patentability and according to the most recent UPOV Explanatory Note NGT-derived plant varieties will most likely end up being EDVs. A good idea?”

by Philippe de Jong (ALTIUS)

14:35 – 15:05 “New agrifood enforcement tools for the Belgian Food Safety Authority”

On 1 January 2024, a new administrative fining regime has come into effect in Belgium. This session will explore the Authority’s perspective on what is new, using examples such as the violation of MRLs to illustrate the implications.

by Vanessa Reyniers (Belgian Food Safety Authority FAVV/AFSCA)

15:05 – 15:35 Coffee break

15:35 – 16:05 “Greenwashing: legal framework for the sustainability of agri-food products” 

Sustainability is all the rage, but what does that really mean in legal terms? This presentation will explore the EU’s initiatives to regulate the sustainability of agri-food products.

by Bregt Raus (ALTIUS)

16:10 – 16:40 “How national differences and changes in IP laws impact the CRISPR patent landscape” 

An overview of the CRISPR patent landscape and recent case law on the issue, in particular regarding priority

by Liesbet Paemen (Patent attorney, De Clercq & Partners)

16:45 – 17:15 “Insights from recent EU and national crop protection case law” 

This session will deal with parallel import labelling requirements after the Syngenta Agro decision, Member States’ discretion in dealing with new scientific information in relation to PPP marketing authorisations, and the latest on the renewal of active substances and access to data.

by Bart Junior Bollen (ALTIUS)

17:15 – 18:30 Q&A and closing aperitif


Friday 31 May from 12:00 until 18:30


ALTIUS Offices – Tour & Taxis, Royal Depot, 4th floor, Havenlaan 86C 1000 Brussels 

The event is free of charge and will be held in English.

This event is now fully booked.

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Your hosts

  • Philippe de Jong


  • Bregt Raus

    Managing Associate