Symposium (un)fair trade practices

December 14th 2021 – Brussels

The Belgian Association of Agricultural Economists (BAAE) and the Strategic Advisory Council on Agriculture and Fisheries (SALV) welcomes you on December 14th to a symposium on unfair trading practices.
The symposium coincides with the first Dialogue for the Future of the Strategic Advisory Council for Agriculture and Fisheries. The Dialogues for the Future are part of the advisory council’s aim to broaden its understanding of the opportunities and challenges which Flemish agriculture and horticulture will face in the next two decades. The dialogues act as a starting point and breeding ground for a new elaboration on the five ‘key challenges identified of a sustainable future of agriculture in Flanders’ by the advisory council in 2017 at the request of the Flemish Parliament.

Symposium information

The symposium takes place on December, 14th at 13 h 30 till 16 h followed by a reception offered by the host.
The venue is Wetstraat 34-36 1040 Brussels within easy reach of public transport facilities (metrostation Kunst/Wet – Arts/Loi), see Google Maps


  1. Opening by the chairperson of SALV (Hendrik Vandamme)
  2. Introduction by Claude Menard (Professor Emeritus, Centre d’Economie de la Sorbonne): how to define fairness and how this is reflected in the EU B2B regulation
  3. Federica di Marcantonio (JRC-EC): Contracts and farmers’ perception on (un)fair trading practices: some evidence from research
  4. Viewpoint of the Strategic Advice Council for Agriculture (Pieter De Graef, SALV)
  5. Options taken in the transposition of the UTP-Directive by the Belgian legislator, (Paul Cambie, Federal Service for Economy)
  6. Viewpoint from retail point of view (Gino Van Ossel, vlerick)  (t.b.c.)
  7. Debate with
    • Jean-Pierre Van Puymbrouck (
    • Pieter Verhelst (Boerenbond)
    • Hendrik Vandamme (ABS) 
    • Renaat Debergh (BCZ-CBL)
    • Somebody from FEVIA (t.b.c.)
    • Somebody from UNIZO (t.b.c.)


The idea is if COVID permits to have a physical meeting with possibility to follow on line.  Please register before December 6th by sending an email to indicating whether you want to:

  • attend physically
  • or you want to follow digitally

A maximum number of participants will apply for the physical meeting and the principle of first come first serve applies. A ZOOM-link will be sent to those who participate digitally.
The symposium is free for members of the Belgian Association of Agricultural Economists (BAAE) and the Strategic Advisory Council on Agriculture and Fisheries (SALV).  Other participants have to pay the BAAE membership fee of €15 as participation fee to IBAN BE36 1032 0577 7181 mentioning “BAAE member fee 2021 – NAME” and register at

Looking forward to see you all,

Guido Van Huylenbroeck

Koen Carels