CEPA organises next Europest meeting in Brussels

The next Europest meeting organised by the Confederation of European Pest Control Associations (CEPA) is being held in Brussels on 30th November. Unlike previous meetings where no decision makers from the European Commission were present, this one promises to be particularly informative and give participants a chance to hear about the Biocidal Products Directive “straight from the horse’s mouth”.

Top of the agenda is Pierre Choraine, Policy Officer Biocides, from the European Commission’s Directorate General for the Environment, who will highlight what the practical implications are for pest control resulting from the new biocides legislative framework.

There will also be a panel discussion addressing how industry and legislators can work together to protect the health and environment of Europe’s citizens. The panel will be lead by current CEPA chairman, Gunnar Akerblom, who will be joined by a spokesperson for the European Committee for Standardisation (CEN), Pierre Choraine from DG Environment and Julie Girling MEP.

Julie Girling is the Member of the European Parliament for the South West of England and Gibraltar. She is also a shadow rapporteur dealing with the new Biocidal Products Regulation on the European Parliament’s Environment Committee, representing the Conservatives and Reformists Group. As such she has considerable influence in the outcome of the present discussions.

Also on the agenda for the day is Johan Svalby, director of European Affairs, from the Federation of Associations for Hunting and Conservation of the EU (FACE) who will explain why hunters and pest managers are natural allies in the pursuit of a constructive approach to protecting public health.

Such an alliance could have interesting side effects. Throughout Germany, for example, each year the hunting fraternity organise a week long festival in many towns where streets are closed and the local hunters dress up is special festive costumes.

In addition to this legislative update, the day will begin with an extra-ordinary CEPA General Assembly during which the next CEPA President will be elected. Also to be presented will be the association’s plans for 2011, along with reports from individual country representatives.

The day concludes with an optional visit to the Brussels City Museum of Sewers. The Brussels sewers are a gigantic subterranean network stretching to over 320 km in length.

This Europest meeting will be held at the Hotel Bloom, 250 Rue Royale, Brussels, Belgium commencing at 09.00 with registration and coffee. The fee of €10 includes drinks plus a hot and cold sandwich buffet. Further details, including how to register, can be found on the CEPA website at www.cepa-europe.org