Common thinking, aka food waste from a European perspective

By: STA Date: 2023. 03. 28. 10:30

The EU has put together a package of proposals related to reducing food waste with the involvement of EU citizens. Two Hungarian citizens participated in the creation of the 23-point program. It is a clear recognition of the work done in the member states in the field of food waste that the head of the Nébih Maradék sélen program was also invited to participate as an expert in the five-member Scientific Committee assisting the work of the panel.

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In 2022, the EU’s “Citizens’ Panel” initiative was launched, the aim of which is to involve European citizens in discussions concerning the most pressing problems. The topic of the first panel was food waste, which clearly shows the importance of this area.

150 European citizens from its 27 member states – including, of course, Hungarians – were invited to participate in the panel discussion, who were randomly selected

When putting together the team, they tried to make it well representative of the diversity of the population of the Union in terms of place of residence, gender, age, education and economic status. In addition, a separate criterion was that at least one third of the members be young people between the ages of 16 and 25. The interview with the 2 Hungarian panel members, Eszter Nyika and Ágnes Lajti, is available on the website of the No Left Behind program.

To participate in the five-member Scientific Committee assisting the work of the panel, a Hungarian specialist, the head of the Nébih Maradék sénl program, dr. Gyula Kasza was also invited

The task of the committee was to present the context of the topic, as well as objectively answer the questions that arose during the group work. The order of the 23 proposals made by EU citizens was established by voting. These suggestions can be extremely useful for the organizers of national and local food waste prevention programs, and – as one of the main results of the event – all of these will be taken into account by the European Union during its legislative and funding procedures.


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