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Previous meetings were held in different regions of Europe with relatively small groups of officials and experts from the Reference Centre. This was the first annual meeting<\/a> targeting all EU Member States. In total, 81 delegates from 21 MS participated. Sixty-four of them were Member State officials. Furthermore, the meeting was attended by 3 delegates from DG SANTE, 4 staff members of the other 2 EU Reference Centres, and almost the full team of EURCAW-Pigs.<\/p>


The participants were welcomed<\/a> by Hans Spoolder, director and coordinator of EURCAW-Pigs. He also gave the word to Kirsten Vornhagen of DG SANTE. She mentioned the Commission’s ambitions in the ‘Farm to Fork<\/a>’ strategy and the European Citizens’ Initiative ‘End the Cage Age<\/a>’. Thereafter, the proposers of five topics were asked to introduce their topic in a short presentation. Following these ‘pitches’, the topics were further discussed in subgroups, in 3 consecutive rounds. For each topic, a different EURCAW-Pigs expert listened to the concerns, questions, personal experiences, and possible solutions added by the delegates.<\/p>

Wrap-up five topics<\/h2>

On the second day, each expert addressed the issues raised by the subgroups. The topics and related specific issues were:<\/p>