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Flemish Advisory Council for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

VARIO advises the Flemish Government and the Flemish Parliament on its science, innovation and entrepreneurship policy.

Register now for the VARIO colloquium on 14 December

Hall De Schelp - Flemish Parliament

Presentation of the VARIO priorities for innovation and entrepreneurship to the next Flemish Government

  • Preview of the VARIO memorandum
  • Political debate with Kim De Witte (PVDA), Chris Janssens (Vlaams Belang), Rita Moors (N-VA), Mieke Schauvliege (Groen), Maurits Vande Reyde (Open Vld), Peter Van Rompuy (CD&V) and Thijs Verbeurgt (Vooruit)
  • Reaction of Minister Jo Brouns

Doors open from 14h30, start colloquium at 15h15. Networking reception from 17h30.

Advisory report in the spotlight

Early October VARIO delivered its advisory report 32 to Flemish minister of Economy, Innovation and Agriculture Brouns. The report provides an answer to his question regarding the EU proposal for a regulation on plants modified with new gene editing techniques (NGTs) and food and feed produced from them, which the European Commission launched on 5 July 2023. VARIO concludes that an update of the GMO regulation is urgently needed and therefore welcomes any improvement to the current framework. The council asks that, in doing so, it ensures maximum legal certainty and future-proofness. With its recommendations, VARIO hopes to contribute to a supported Flemish and Belgian position.

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