FACEnetwork had its 9th General Assembly
It took place in Bra, Italy, on 16 and 17 September 2021
In total, 25 persons were present, representing the 10 following countries: Austria, Croatia, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Norway, Slovenia, Spain and Switzerland.
To begin, the members commemorated their deceased colleague and friend Mirek Sienkiewicz, who was the representative of Polish farmhouse cheesemakers within FACEnetwork’s Council and working groups since 2012 and who was also Vice-President of FACE since 2017.
Then, the classical General Assembly started with the official endorsement of two new full members in 2021 - the Hungarian association Magyar Sajtkészítők Egyesülete MSE and the Irish Raw Milk cheese Slow food Presidium IRMCP – as well as several new supporting members. Today, FACEnetwork is directly representing producers in 17 countries and has members (including organisations which don’t represent producers) in 20 different countries.
Moreover, the General Assembly set up objectives for the next year:
- We will renew our contacts with European Parliamentarians and with the European Commission about our core lobbying topics (Nutriscore, food safety culture…),
- We will set up a more regular information flow to our members,
- We will “boost” our annual video contest,
- We will work on new projects to be submitted to European funds, as for example, a technology project called “Dairy quality database” and a project on vocational training, which will be the following of our previous programme “FACE in itinere”,
- We will bring more support to FACEnetwork member organisations, when they are facing regulatory issues in their countries.
After the General Assembly, a workshop took place about the implement of the European Guide for Good Hygiene Practices in the different countries of FACEnetwork.
The status quo of application in Sweden, Netherlands, Spain, Croatia, Slovenia, Germany, Switzerland, France and Italy was showed in presentations. In the following participants worked in groups and shared their experiences. The conclusion of the day was that some work is still necessary to improve the Guide’s implementation. Many ideas have been expressed that will be the subject of works within FACEnetwork during the coming year, like:
- to draft a guidance document on sampling plans,
- to organize meetings and committees with authorities,
- to make studies and publish data about the importance of our sector, etc.
Thus, this 9th General Assembly of FACEnetwork was particularly rich in fruitful exchanges of work and in equally important convivial moments. It was really very much appreciated after two years without face-to-face meetings.
Workshop about the EU Guide for Hygiene Practices
Friday 17 September
- Review of the implementation
of the Guide in the different countries of FACEnetwork