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Note: Chers amis francophones, que notre bulletin soit en anglais en ce moment. Nous travaillerons pour la version bilingue dans l'avenir.
- GdB News & Events -
Dear Friends and Supporters, 

last week, it has been 20 years since GdB was founded. 1995 in the beautiful city of Bruges under the passionate leadership of Edgar Pisani, former French minister of agriculture and former European Commissioner. We wish to go at least another 20 years independent & influencing the European policy development and we hope you’ll get to be there to help us do so.

- GdB Team
'Can EU CAP it?’ Project has been 'greened' at IGW in Berlin

The project has brought to all the visitors a taste of what the platform is about: CAP Game, CAP Basic videos and CAP Pro e-learning course. CAP Game has an exciting competition running until the end of this month for three top players to win a fully funded trip to Rome. During the fair, the 325 000 people that visited Hall 3.2 had a chance to play the CAP Game directly at our stand in order to win € 20 voucher, if they score the highest score. In total nearly 900 players tested their knowledge and 20 winners were selected. Read more here...
Bart Soldaat, the 'Can EU CAP it?' Project Manager was able to participate in an interview for the German Erlebnis Bauernhof TV. Watch the recording here (only in German)
CAP Basic - Future of Rural Areas launched! 

Launching for the first time: CAP Basic video on "Future of Rural Areas" 
Big thanks to Heino von Meyer, Groupe de Bruges member and also director of the Berlin Office of the OECD.
Watch the video by clicking the link below: 
CAP Basic video: Future of Rural Areas

From February 21 - March 1, 2015 Groupe de Bruges will be present at Salon d'Agriculture in Paris, France. We will be present with an exhibition stand (Pavilion 4, stand 4 C 030) and will organise several events during the week, including the launch of third CAP Basic video - Management of natural resources, CAP Game local competitions and a seminar on Thursday morning February 26, on "Management of natural resources: will the new CAP make agriculture more sustainable?"
Special Salon d'Agriculture offer
We encourage you to take an advantage of all the features that are offered on www.caneucapit.eu website. For the occasion of being present at the Salon d'Agriculture. Instead of the full price € 99.95, you will only pay € 59.70 for the full CAP Pro course. Sign up anytime from now until March 1 to be eligible for this discount. After this date, the regular price will apply.

Please know that the student price remains € 9.95. This includes a certificate (in pdf) for those who successfully complete the whole course.
- In Other News -
 
Quality from the mountains – Prosperity for people & territories

The IXth European Mountain Convention took place in Bilbao (Spain) on 22–24 October 2014, organised by Euromontana (European Association of Mountain areas) and the Basque Government.During 3 days, 300 mountain stakeholders discussed the opportunities for the development of European mountains given by the new optional quality term “mountain product” and the new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). Discover here the conclusions of the interactive working sessions.
 
This conference was organised within the European project “A New CAP – Mountains of opportunities”. For further information, don’t hesitate to have a look at the project’s website.
- Member's corner -

Agroecology survey - A call for help

One of our GdB members, Tarek Soliman have prepared survey about the study and practice of agroecology, We would appreciate if you could take the time to fill it in, and forward to others who would be interested. Fill in the survey...
Position open: Postdoctoral researcher at KU Leuven (NL) 

The Division of Bioeconomics is looking for a postdoctoral researcher at KU Leuven Netherlands. Read more here ...
- Meet the members -
We are happy to have another two new members to the Groupe de Bruges family. Natalia Brzezina (read more about her below) and Bernd Müller who will be introduced in our next issue. If you would like to become a member, please send your request through our website
Natalia Brzezina
Natalia Brzezina is a PhD candidate in the Division of Bioeconomics, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at KU Leuven. She graduated with honours from Warsaw University of Life Sciences and from Cranfield University. During her studies she was an active member of the Student Scientific Association for Agriculture “KNR” and the Euroleague Student Association for Euroleague of Life Sciences. 
In addition to her farming background, she gathered professional experience as a trainee inter alia in plant breeding company Hodowla Roślin Strzelce Sp. z o.o. (Strzelce, Poland), in beverage processing plant Coca-Cola Enterprises Ltd. (Milton Keynes, UK) and at European Commission in the Organic Farming Unit of Directorate General for Agriculture and Rural Development (Brussels, Belgium). In her current research within the EU FP7 project TRANSMANGO Assessment of the impact of global drivers of change on Europe's food and nutrition security, she focuses on how policies targeted at food security, particularly at the European Union level, contribute to the European food system’s resilience to shocks and stresses.
- Upcoming Events

Conference & Civil society gathering on GOOD FOOD and GOOD FARMING: “Renewing civil society’s agenda towards sustainable food and agriculture”
10-11 February, Brussels (Belgium)

SIA - Salon d'Agriculture
Feb 21 - Mar 1, Paris (France)

Closing event for the 'Can EU CAP it?' Project
Mar 18, INEA at Rome (Italy) 

Groupe de Bruges members meeting. Main point of the agenda is the replacement of Arie van den Brand (president) & Franco Sotte (vice-president), who will step down from the Board
Mar 19, Rome (Italy)

Civil dialogue gathering 2015
Apr 9-12, Pembrokeshire (Wales, UK)
In this issue
* Groupe de Bruges at SIA in Paris -  follow #canEUCAPit & #SIA_2015 on tour * 
* Groupe de Bruges celebrating 20 years - celebrate with us * 
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