Land Grabbing: Is Europe Part of the Problem or the Solution?


Wednesday 10.07.13
13:00 to 14:30


4th Floor
Madariaga – College of Europe Foundation
Avenue de la Joyeuse Entrée 14
B-1040 Brussels

Fuelled by the interaction of the financial and environmental crises and by the recreation of global liquidity through quantitative easing, transnational transactions involving large portions of land in the Global South are on the rise, posing new threats to the financial, political, and environmental stability at the global and local levels. How to prevent the creation of new asset bubbles and the impoverishment and destruction of local rural communities? Is Europe part of the problem or the solution, considering the contradiction between the EU’s acknowledgement of a rights-based approach to land policies in development aid, and the national policies increasingly inspired by a market-driven approach to the benefit of national actors’ land grabbing activities?


A Citizen's Controversy with Mr Pascal LIU, Senior Economist in the Trade and Markets Division at FAO et Mr Roman HERRE, Policy Coordinator on EU Agrofuels Policy at FIAN.

The debate will be moderated by Mr Pierre DEFRAIGNE, Executive Director , Madariaga-College of Europe Foundation.

The debate will be held in English.

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Participation fee: € 10 / Students: € 3.Sandwiches and drinks will be provided from 12:30 onwards.