Agropol Workshop, 13 October 2017, Lisbon

The Agropol consortium of IDEA Consult, METIS and University of Ghent is glad to announce its workshop on the role of cross-border cooperation in strengthening agriculture and food sectors in regions throughout Europe.

The workshop will take place on 13 October in Lisbon (Portugal), as a side event to the Agri-innovation Summit on 11-12 October at the same premises, co-organised by the EIP-AGRI network and the European Network for Rural Development (

The workshop is organised as part of the Agropol Pilot Project, an in-depth and practical exercise financed by the European Commission, with the aim of providing practical know-how to strengthen the agriculture and food sector through cross-border co-operation.

The consortium's project team is currently working in two cross-border pilot regions to facilitate the development of a joint agro-food strategy: Carinthia (AT)-Slovenia and EURO-ACE [Alentejo (PT) - Centro (PT) - Extremadura (ES)]. Furthermore, the consortium is assisting the local stakeholders in both regions with setting-up concrete cooperation projects within their strategy.

The experiences drawn from these pilot regions will serve as a benchmark for a cross-border agro-food cooperation model. The project will generate practical insights and tools that could be used by other European regions to facilitate cross border co-operation in the agro-food sector.

The workshop will focus on how cross-border cooperation can contribute to stronger, more sustainable and more innovative agro-food sectors, covering the following topics (see also draft agenda below):

  • Different approaches regions have adopted in cross-border cooperation in agro-food in relation to their specific objectives and motivations;
  • Essential practical issues in the organization, structuring and implementation of strategic cross-border cooperation in agro-food;
  • Framework and institutional conditions favoring successful cross-border cooperation in agro-food;

Interested participants are invited to register by sending your name, organisation and function to Steven Knotter ( no later than 29 September 2017. You will receive confirmation of your participation within 48 hours. Please note that as the number of participants in this workshop is limited, your participation cannot be guaranteed until you receive a formal acceptance.

There are no participation fees for the event, however, participants will need to make their own travel and accommodation arrangements for this event. Below the draft agenda you will find more details about the venue of the event and two other hotels suggested by the Agri-Innovation Summit.

The workshop will be delivered in English. Unfortunately we cannot provide simultaneous interpretation in other languages.


Draft agenda 

  • 09.00: Registration, coffee
  • 09.30: Welcome, purpose and structure of the workshop, Agropol project team
    The AGROPOL project: objective, approach and work performed, Agropol project team
  • 09.50: Introduction: Cross-border & interregional cooperation in agro-food, and its role in agro-rural development, Agropol project team
  • 10.05: Presentations of four cases of cross-border or interregional cooperation
    Alentejo/Centro (PT) - Extremadura (ES), the aromatic and medicinal plants sector (EURO-ACE)
    Carinthia (AT) - Slovenia, the dairy sector (Chamber of Agriculture Carinthia)
    Niederrhein (DE) - Southeast Netherlands, cross-border agribusiness region (Greenport Venlo)
    The ERIAFF network and the Smart Specialisation Agro-food platform (Fabio Boscaleri, ERIAFF network)
  • 11.20: Coffee
  • 11.45: Fish bowl debate, moderated by Agropol project team, with regional representatives, DG Agri/EIP AGRI, DG Regio, S3 Agrofood platform, researchers,...
  • 12.45: Closing: conclusions, lessons and look forward
  • 13.00: End of the event

For any further questions, please contact Steven Knotter (, Rein Dessers ( or Isabel Naylon (

We are looking forward to meeting you at the workshop.

The Agropol Project team