The Brussels visit will conclude with group members attending the Forum for European Agriculture meeting.
The Forum is again chaired by Franz Fischler, sessions are facilitated with steely clarity by Stephen Sackur (BBC Hard Tallk). Speakers this year include Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, former World Bank President Bob Zoellick and Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik. Allen Buckwell, formerly CLA Policy Director, will be a key contributor.
The Forum is attended by over 800 farmers and agri-business professionals from all over Europe and is now established as one of the best of the annual conferences on agriculture and related issues anywhere in Europe. It is a superb networking opportunity, and thanks to sponsorship by Syngenta, farmers can attend free of charge.
Travelling by Eurostar is a real pleasure, St Pancras to Gare du Midi in two hours, city centre to city centre.