IWTO Multi Stakeholder & Wool Round Table Events, Brussels 2014

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Monday, 01 December 2014

IWTO Multi Stakeholder & Wool Round Table Events, Brussels 2014
Monday, 01 December 2014 - Tuesday, 02 December 2014

Rue de l'industrie 4

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If you are employed by one of the EU institutions you do not need to register online but please send an email to meetings@iwto.org indicating your name, organisation and city location.

For any persons travelling in or out of Brussels on Monday December 1st we should bring to your attention the fact that there will be some industrial action in Belgium on that day.

IWTO has checked information on this and can currently report as follows:

Due to announced industrial action in Belgium, there will be disruption to rail services on Monday 24 November, 1 December, 8 December and 15 December.
The impact of these actions on national and international services is not known at this moment. However, train companies have already announced the following measures regarding 1 December:
Thalys Travel forecasts: normal service between Paris, Brussels and the Netherlands. No trains between Brussels and Germany.
Eurostar Travel forecasts: normal service.
There may be some unforeseeable delays and anyone travelling via either of these channels should also keep a close eye on this, and we will do the same and stay in touch with you.

Brussels Zaventem airport is not foreseen to be affected on Monday December 1st.

Public Transport
Public transport within Brussels should run on normal schedule.

If you would like to book a taxi on Monday, December 1st from/or to the airport or railway station, please let us know at meetings@iwto.org and we can put you in touch with a reputable taxi company.


This year there is a slightly different set-up for the end of year IWTO meetings. 

On the first day, Monday, December 1st, there will be a Multi Stakeholder Meeting to be hosted at the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), which is one of the EU institutions, and also supported by the EU Directorate General Health and Food Safety.  

On Tuesday, December 2nd, the regular IWTO Wool Round Table Meeting will take place at the Thon Hotel EU located nearby. 

All participants registering before November 1st will be entered into a prize draw to win a Philips Perfect Care iron.

Day 1 - Monday, 1 December 2014 - Multi Stakeholder Meeting
Brussels is at the heart of the EU institutions and IWTO is pleased to invite you to join a day-long forum for legislators, regulators, NGOs and the wool industry, organised with the support of the European Commission and the European Economic and Social Committee.  An opportunity for open dialogue, sharing scientific data and technical expertise, the programme explores the topics that are key to sustainability and wool textiles, including wool sheep welfare, wool textile recycling, trade and animal health, and REACH in the context of the wool textiles. You can find out more about both of these institutions at the bottom of this page. 

View here the full Programme for the Multi Stakeholder Meeting (last update 21.11.2014).

Highlights of the Multi Stakeholder Meeting will include:
  • The Farming of Sheep for Wool
  • Welfare Indicators for Sheep
  • REACH for Wool: The Advantages and Challenges for Wool Processors
  • Wool Textile Recycling: the Practice, the Potential, and the Role of Retail
  • Exotic Animal Disease Outbreak Preparedness and Risk Assessment

Day 2 - Tuesday, 2 December 2014 - Wool Round Table Meeting
Day 2 will follow the more usual programme of the IWTO Wool Round Table, with the a day of interactive meetings with wool industry leaders. This year's sessions focus first on international trade agreements and their impact on wool textiles, where along with the perspective from within the industry, we will hear from representatives of the European Commission’s DG Trade who are actively involved in the current Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations.  The spotlight then turns to the use of wool in fire and safety, from the comfort and safety of front line officers to applications in interiors for planes and cars.
The day concludes with IWTO Working Group meetings on sustainable practices, product wellness and wool trade biosecurity, which all IWTO members are encouraged to attend.

View here the full Programme for the Wool Round Table Meeting (last update 20.11.2014).

Highlights of the Wool Round Table Meeting will include:
  • Trade and Textiles: Coming to grips with TTIP and other EU Trade Agreements
  • Protection, Performance, Comfort: Wool in Fire and Safety
  • IWTO Working Group Meetings – Sustainable Practices, Product Wellness and Wool Trade Biosecurity
    All IWTO members encouraged to attend

All interested members are very welcome to attend both days and participation is especially important and recommended for Executive Committee Members, Heads of Delegation, Heads of Associate Members, Committee Chairmen/Secretaries and Advocacy Stakeholders.
There is no charge for the participation in the Multi Stakeholder Meeting on Day 1.

For the dinner on Monday December 1st plus the Wool Round Table Meetings on December 2nd, the fee is €200 (euros) plus 21% VAT  and will include the following:
  •     Meeting Room and Audio-Visual Facilities
  •     Free Wifi
  •     Coffee Breaks
  •     Lunch
  •     Dinner (Monday evening including transportation)
Please be aware that according to Art. 21 §3 3°/ Art.  21 bis §2, 5° of the Belgian VAT law, reverse charge VAT cannot be applied to events.

Wednesday, 3 December 2014 - 09:00-11:00 hrs - European Parliament Visit

Complete your stay in Brussels with a guided tour of the European Parliament. Covering the role and work of this institution, the tour includes a visit to the Parliament's plenary chamber. Space is limited, so make sure you include this option in your registration. If you have already registered and would like to be on the tour, email IWTO at meetings@iwto.org to make arrangements.  We can take bookings for this tour up until November 17th.

We look forward to welcoming you in IWTO's home town of Brussels.

About the Directorate General Health and Food Safety
The Directorate General for Health and Food Safety of the European Commission is responsible for the implementation of European Union laws on the safety of food and other products, on consumers' rights and on the protection of people's health as well as the protection of health and welfare of farm animals.

About the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)
The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) is a consultative body that gives representatives of Europe's socio-occupational interest groups and others a formal platform to express their points of views on EU issues. Its opinions are forwarded to the Council, the European Commission and the European Parliament. It thus has a key role to play in the Union's decision-making process.


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