INNECO 2016 – Young entrepreneurs call to action

The INNECO  (16th-19th December 2016) is the biggest Youth Entrepreneurship conference in Greece, which is organized for the first time in Thessaloniki and aims to be established as an institutional event that will take place recurrently every year.

Inneco

The concept of the INNECO , as named by the initials “International NE Cοnference”, is envisaged in order to attract public from all the economic sectors with international prominent speakers distinguished in their field, founders of innovative enterprises, executives of big and renowned companies as well as distinct business personalities that someone can rarely find and meet, let alone in the same conference, with speeches that can inspire every person who is doing business or is thinking of becoming a new entrepreneur.

It is organised by Club NE, the biggest association in the Greek business domain, and backed by Yes Europe, The European conference for young entrepreneurs, and I really thank you the organising committee and Charalampos Tziogas for inviting me here and make this event possible.

The discussion is developing at really high level on topics like leadership, entrepreneurship, communication, strategy, venture capitalism. neural sciences, language, big data, transparency, sustainability, Brexit and Grexit, and I’m seriously impressed by the talented group of speakers I have the privilege to be working with. Here you can find the full speaker’s list and profiles.

I would really love to see my young fellow Italians engaging in similar events, with the same energy and commitment.

The mantra today, in countries like Greece, Italy, Portugal and many others, is the word “CRISIS”: but “crisis” it’s only the justification we are giving ourselves to not take action and responsibility.

In “crisis” stands opportunities and this event is a slap in the face of the crisis from the Greek youth: the best reaction I could have ever imagined.

This event is a strong answer to all the ones are playing with people’s fears and are tearing apart the European Union system for personal or local interest. This event it’s a call to action to everyone, and a huge opportunity to bring the right environment to make business culture flourish again in the country.

Because, in the end, entrepreneurship shape the society: entrepreneurship answer needs, realise dreams and is fundamentally driven not by the mere profit, but by a vision.

The young entrepreneurs, in this hard times, have the chance and the moral responsibility to embrace the crisis, adapt to the changes and shape the future of our society, because the economic models we all know are destined to disappear.

The human being is the only animal which never really adapted to our planet: on the contrary, we could say that is actively trying to destroy it from several centuries. The time to invert the trend is now.

So, please, take action, go out, speak with people and help us to shape a better future. To quote my friend Nelson Fernandes, there’s no “but…” :

My speech, tonight at 7 p.m., will be about food frauds and how to fix some major issues in the food supply chain. Transparency, globalisation, IT applications, innovation and brand protection will be the key points of my contribute, and hopefully we can exchange some thought about my personal experience (started in July 2013…CRISIS…) and business model.

10th EFFL Conference – “COOL and Company – The Beginning of the End of the Common Market?”

I am on the move to Berlin this morning, to attend the really interesting on Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) event above mentioned. Thank you to Lexxion for inviting me.

Since the EU Commission, in 2015, decided to not impose mandatory indication of origin beside the ones today in place by horizontal legislation (e.g. Reg. (EU) 1169/2011) and by sectoral legislation (e.g. meat, honey, fish…) many Member States today are proposing national legislation’s act imposing some sort of obligation in terms of COOL: this is particularly true for the milk sector, which is sparkling much debate after France and Italian initiatives.

Which legal justifications stand behind those national drafts? Are they legitimate? If not, which legal instruments we have to fight back the fragmentation of the single market? Is the single market at risk?

Those are the questions we will try to answer and you can expect my take on the event on these pages in the near future.

On the second day of the conference, 9th December 2016, I will have a speech titled:

Drafts on National COOL Regulations
Ireland, Italy (mandatory on milk and dairy products), Portugal (mandatory on milk and dairy products), Poland (voluntary claim “Produkt polski”) Lithuania, Finland, Greece, Romania

and I will participate in a discussion panel on:

Mandatory COOL– Legitimate Consumer Information or a Step towards Protectionism?

together with:

  • Hillary ROSS, Litigation, Regulatory – DWF LLP
  • Andreas MEISTERERNST, Meisterernst Rechtsanwälte, Munich
  • Peter LOOSEN, German Federation for Food Law and Food Science e.V., Brussels

Many other excellent speakers will be there, so this could be a wonderful place to discuss such a complex topic in a 2 days immersive event.

  • Martin HOLLE, Professor of Food Law and Administrative Law, Hamburg University
    of Applied Sciences, Hamburg
  • Dirk JACOBS, Director of Consumer Information, Diet and Health, Food Drink
    Europe, Brussels
  • Paolo PATRUNO, Deputy Secretary General, Liaison Centre for the Meat Processing
    Industry in the European Union (CLITRAVI)
  • Sarah ARAYESS, Hoogenrad & Haak Advocaten, Amsterdam

Here you can see the full program.

The EFFL Conference is an established annual event organized under the auspices of the European Food and Feed Law Review. It is tailored to the needs and interests of those who are daily exposed to European food law & policy and leadership in the food law practice, and I will be very glad to participate.

If you will be there too, drop a note on foodlawlatest@gmail.com and we will discuss further in front of a cup of coffee!