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The Belgian One Health network (BEOH) invited Belgian scientists, policy makers and civil society on the 23th of November to discuss how the Green Deal(link)  can be best supported in our country from a One Health perspective. 

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Final AGENDA : 


09:00 - 09:10Introduction of the day – Programme 

09:10 - 09:20The Belgian One Health Network (BeOH) : Who we are and what we ambition? 
                             Speakers: Hans Keune (Belgian Biodiversity Platform, INBO, University of Antwerp), 
                             &  Laetitia Lempereur (Federal Public Service Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment - BEOH) 
                             Link to presentation (PDF)

09:20 - 09:30: The Green Deal : Quick overview and timelines
                            Speaker:  Tony Agotha (Senior Diplomatic Expert to Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans at European Commission)

09:30 - 10:00: Farm to Fork strategic plan within the Green Deal
                             Speakers: Rada Chehlarova (EU DG Health and Food Safety), 
                                                   Link to presentation (PDF)
                             &  Katie Vermeersch (AFSCA-FAVV)
                                   Link to presentation (PDF)

10:00 - 10:30: Circular Economy strategic plan within the Green Deal 
                             Speaker:  Roland Moreau (Representative of environmental NGOs at the CESE Wallonia Board Member of Club of Rome -EU Chapter)
                              Link to presentation (PDF)

Break 10:30 - 11:00

11:00 - 11:30: Biodiversity strategic plan within the Green Deal
                             Speakers: Arnaud Goessens (Wildlife Conservation Society), 
                                                   Link to presentation (PDF)
                             &  Els Martens (Federal Public Service Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment)
                                   Link to presentation (PDF)

11:30 - 12:00Climate resilience strategic plan within the Green Deal
                            Speakers:  Liviu Stirbat (EU DG Climate Action)
                                                   Link to presentation (PDF)
                            & Sofie De Broe (Sciensano)
                                 Link to presentation (PDF)

12:00-12:20 : Summary on cross-cutting recommendations
                             Link to presentation (PDF)

12:20-13:00 : Federal Ministers statement

Minister Vandenbroucke 

Minister Khattabi (represented by Eveline De Coster)

Minister Clarinval 

Minister Van Quickenborne



background information

The current COVID-19 pandemic, but also other disease outbreaks of animal origin such as SARS and Ebola, and their dramatic societal and economic costs show the importance of applying a One Health approach across sectors, as a matter of urgency.

The GREEN DEAL is a new growth strategy that aims to transform the EU into a fair and prosperous society, with a modern, resource-efficient and competitive economy where there are no net emissions of greenhouse gases in 2050 and where economic growth is decoupled from resource use. It also aims to protect, conserve and enhance the EU's natural capital, and protect the health and well-being of citizens from environment-related risks and impacts. At the same time, this transition must be just and inclusive.

It provides for the inclusion and strengthening of synergies from different sectors including climate, energy, transport, industrial policy, agriculture, biodiversity, building renovation, circular economy or even product policy in which the interconnection between the different sectors is essential. It foresees a set of policies and measures to deliver the transformative change we need across all sectors.

These activities will potentially trigger substantial change in research and education, therefore public participation and confidence in the transition is paramount if policies are to work and be accepted. For the Green Deal to be a success a new pact is needed, bringing together civil society, national, regional, local authorities, knowledge institutes and industry, to collaborate closely with the EU’s institutions and consultative bodies.

The overall objective of this event is to stimulate a greater cooperation and synergy between experts working in various fields, policy makers and civil society in order to enable and operationalize a One Health approach in support of the European Green deal. This event also aims to strengthen and enlarge the Belgian One Health network  (BeOH) and its relevance to science, policy and practice.


For more information, please contact Hans Keune (hans.keune@inbo.be(link sends e-mail)) or
Laetitia Lempereur (laetitia.lempereur@health.fgov.be(link sends e-mail)

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