European Commissioner visits North Brabant, candidate European Region of Gastronomy 2018


Corina Creţu, the European Commissioner responsible for Regional Policy visited the Province of North-Brabant on 16 November 2015, where she participated in an event on Smart Specialisation and visited EU-funded projects, including the Gruyterfabriek and the Plant Lab, in s-Hertogenbosch. The Mayor of s’Hertogenbosch, Chairman of AgriFood Capital and Ambassador for the European Region of Gastronomy Award, Anton Rombouts, was a key speaker at the event and introduced Commissioner Creţu to the European Region of Gastronomy project within which North Brabant is a partner.  He talked about the strengths of the region, including the R&D capacity of the AgriFood network, the interesting crossovers of Agrifood with other sectors and the way the region’s agrifood works within a triple helix model. Commissioner Creţu welcomed the idea of the European Region of Gastronomy Platform that encourages regions to work together and she said that she was sure North Brabant would be an excellent candidate for the IGCAT Award in 2018 because it would be able to combine Entrepreneurial Excellence (Brabant was Europe Entrepreneurial Region in 2014) with hospitality, therefore providing a sound basis for Gastronomy.

IGCAT  is an association of experts from gastronomy, culture, art and tourism and other sectors who have an interest in the exciting areas to be developed when there is a convergence between  these sectors. Together with its global network of experts, the IGCAT secretariat conducts research, develops projects and organise events related to this confluence and is particularly focused on how it may be used in regional and local development. If you want to know more about IGCAT, please visit Igcat.org.

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    Wassim Hallal

    Aarhus/Central Denmark Region 2017 will celebrate our widespread and innovative use of local ingredients.

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    Robert Palmer

    European Region of Gastronomy is a pioneering project of cultural and economic significance to all regions who participate.

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    Montserrat Garrido Romera

    Sant Pol de Mar is proud to share knowledge in raising the quality of culture and gastronomy offers.

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    Carme Ruscalleda

    Catalonia is committed to raising the quality of local cuisine and food products.

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    Francisco de Calheiros

    Minho IN aims to create synergies with other areas that share the same views on competitiveness and economic development.

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    Maurizio Zanella

    East Lombardy promotes food and wine tourism, with a particular attention to local cuisine and sustainable food production.

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    Dzintars Kristovskis

    Technology and cooking is so advanced that I feel the urge to go back to the roots. Riga-Gauja 2017 European Region of Gastronomy is going to be about that.

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    Joan Roca

    I congratulate this initiative that highlights the richness and diversity of European gastronomy, at the same time as valuing chefs for their role in ecology and sustainability.

  • AMBASSADORS

    Anton Rombouts

    North Brabant 2018 will highlight how agrifood industries are protecting food and culture diversity.

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