Europa Institute Hosts European Commissioner for Agriculture

Institute hosts European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development for public lecture

09 Apr 2018

The Edinburgh Europa Institute hosted Phil Hogan, European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, today for a public lecture.

Speaking on the theme of Agriculture Post-2020: Future Challenges and Opportunities, Mr Hogan outlined his ambition to bolster the effectiveness of European agriculture policy moving beyond 2020 and into the next Multiannual Financial Framework.

The Commissioner also spoke to food production, animal welfare, climate change and Brexit. He noted Scotland’s longstanding commitment to maintaining sustainable rural communities and remarked that European agriculture policy will likely remain a reference point for Scottish policy, even after the UK’s departure from the EU.

The Edinburgh Europa Institute is the University of Edinburgh's research centre on European integration. Founded in 1968, it is the oldest organsation of its kind in Scotland and the UK. The Institute occupies a strategic position in academic and policy debates on Europe and organises a range of events and activities for academics, practitioners and the wider public.