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Healthy and safe food for the future - A technology foresight Project in Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia

Healthy and safe food for the future - A technology foresight Project in Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia

Objective

Food quality and safety are crucial aspects of human life and are, therefore, prime policy objectives of the EU. Food quality and safety have to be secured through regulations with regard to inputs, production processes, outputs, transportation, storage, packaging, labeling, documentation of origin and the like, for creating an adequate infrastructure for food markets and their smooth development. The food industries in the CEE are undergoing sweeping ownership, technological, organizational and financial changes. The new decision-making processes should put a strong emphasis on safety and quality standards. Substantial changes in financial services, wholesale markets, commodities exchange, price information, transportation facilities and infrastructure are also needed. A foresight process is highly instrumental to tackle these complex issues. By bringing together the relevant stakeholders with their wide range of expertise and accumulated skills it is possible to identify emerging technological and market opportunities and threats, sider S&T and socio-eomic factors in their entirety, and thus devise appropriate policies and strategies, based on sensus among these stakeholders. The objectives of the project are as follows: a) To promote a new decision-making culture among managers and policy-makers in order to put quality and safety issues into the centre of the total food chain management. b) To identify future key technologies and new business models to promote the quality and safety requirements in food production, by establishing a Food Quality and Safety Platform in CEE countries. The ultimate goal of the project is to assist the total food chain in Central and Eastern European countries to reach international quality and safety standards, and in turn, to enhance European competitiveness as a whole by developing an industry, which is synonymous with safety, diversity, sophistication and products of high quality.

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Coordinator

UNITED NATIONS INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT ORGANIZATION

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Wagramer Strasse 5
300 Vienna

Austria

Administrative Contact

Ricardo SEIDL DA FONSECA (Dr)

Participants (8)

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FUNDACION OBSERVATORIO DE PROSPECTIVA TECNOLOGICA INDUSTRIAL

Spain

THE VIENNA INSTITUTE FOR INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC STUDIES

Austria

INSTITUTE OF ECONOMICS, HUNGARIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES

Hungary

TECHNOLOGY CENTRE OF THE ACADEMY OF SCIENCES CR

Czechia

BIC GROUP, S.R.O.

Slovakia

NACIONALNA VELETRZNICA DIONICKO DRUSTVO THE NATIONAL WHOLESALE MARKET INC.

Croatia

EXECUTIVE AGENCY FOR HIGHER EDUCATION AND RESEARCH FUNDING

Romania

APPLIED RESEARCH AND COMMUNICATIONS FUND

Bulgaria

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 43005

  • Start date

    1 February 2007

  • End date

    31 January 2009

Funded under:

FP6-FOOD

  • Overall budget:

    € 724 929

  • EU contribution

    € 724 929

Coordinated by:

UNITED NATIONS INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT ORGANIZATION

Austria