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Food Composition & Information - Session 11
From Monday 13 January 2020
To Friday 17 January 2020
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Description : 

The objective of this training course is to share good practices and harmonise the implementation among EU Member States of the official controls on food Labelling and to inform non-EU countries.

During the course, attendees will look at the food information regulations in detail and experience a number of training situations to explore the regulations. FIC is a horizontal legislation and covers all areas where food is supplied to the consumer. The food retail market is both enormous and vibrant.  There are thousands of new food products presented to the EU market every year. The course cannot cover all food products completely. Attendees will therefore role play different situations and products to which the regulations apply.  The aim is for participants to learn lessons and to help develop a consistent approach to enforcement with colleagues from other member states.


Programme : 

The training programme will be settled on the best methodological mix to be offered. Theorical lectures and presentations will be combined with case studies, practical exercises and group discussion. The participants will also be assigned a project to realize over 4 days, consisting in a short video on the implementation of the EU rules addressed in the programme.

The training will be held in English and implemented over a period of 4 days. The daily work schedule will be set from 09h00 to 17h30, with 6 hours of effective training time, split in two sessions of 3 hours in the morning and 3 hours in the afternoon. A break of 30 minutes will be organized in the morning and in the afternoon each day.


Objectives :

The objective of the present programme is to spread knowledge and best practices in relation with general food labelling and claims as well as on specific categories of foods such as food supplements, foods with added vitamins and minerals and foods for specific groups of the population food composition and information, as per the requirements of the EU Food Law. The contract requests the provision of training courses addressing the latest developments, as well as in the implementation of controls.


Selection procedure : 

The Project Manager will be attentive to give priority the participants corresponding to the following criteria:

  • Relevancy to daily work: participants should in priority be staff of Competent Authorities, with a position related to Official Controls
  • Sufficient level of language: in order to ensure the transfer of knowledge and opportunities to exchange views, participants should master the language of the training session for which they applied
  • Ability to share their experience: priority will be given to participants whose position will allow them to share with colleagues the outputs of the training sessions.


Deadline for application :  Closed


Training center & accommodation : 

Participants will be welcomed and hosted at the Manos Stephanie Hotel****, which is close to the town centre. This hotel is ideally located in the vicinity of AETS Brussels Office (Avenue Louise). Criteria to select the four star hotel was to find an excellent hotel with large meeting rooms and located in the heart of town in order to be able to visit Brussels easily by foot.  Brussels is a city willing to share its legendary Grand-Place with its rounded cobblestones and golden houses, the Manneken Pis, the speech bubbles of its comic books, its Art Nouveau exteriors and its surrealism. And to taste the Brussels way of life, participants will have time to discover fluffy waffles and mesmerising chocolates. They will find a lot of tourist attractions and spend a very nice day getting to know better our culture, history and tradition.

Participants will be accommodated in classic room elegantly furnished and decorated in the Louis XVI style, with large working desk, TV (55 channels), individually controlled air-conditioning, mini-bar, in-room safe. The richly appointed marble bathrooms are equipped with hair-dryers, bathrobes and luxury toiletries. Some classic rooms have a private terrace/Balcony. For your convenience, it has free Wi-Fi and includes an on-site bar. Hotel Manos Stephanie offers a delicious breakfast buffet consisting of a full range of hot and cold dishes.

The training session will take place in Manos Conference Centre****, an environment designed to optimize lights and space,  which offers seven conference rooms and can receive up to 100 participants in different configurations. Meeting rooms are well equipped with all the necessary audio-visual material. Rooms take into the consideration the overall well-being and comfort of the participants offering light colours, plants, black and white pictures, and many other details for an enjoyable business.

Participants can enjoy relaxing breaks in the Coffee Lobby adjacent to the rooms. Coffee breaks with coffee, tea, fruit juice, fresh fruit and pastries are offered in the Coffee Lobby. The hotel also offers a copy/print service, fax machine and self-service business centre.

The trainees will benefit of the following services:

  • International travel in economy class by the most direct route
  • Personal health and repatriation insurance
  • Airport transfers
  • 4 nights’ accommodation and breakfast (5 nights for participants from ENP/Mediterranean basin and 6 nights for selected third countries)
  • 1 welcome drink and reception dinner the first day of the training, 7 coffee breaks, 4 lunches, 3 dinners
  • 1 social event in order to promote the networking within the group
  • Access to fully equipped training facilities and access to the internet
  • Documentation in paper and electronic form
  • Delivery of training certificates

No “per diem” or “pocket money” will be distributed to. All personal expenses such as extra nights, local transports, mini-bar, laundry, room services, and extra drinks/meals will be charged to the participants by the hotel.

Location Brussels, Belgium