On the 22nd and 23rd of November, the Austrian EU presidency organized the People’s Food – People’s Health conference in Vienna. The Fit4Food2030 Romanian policy lab was presented as a promising best practice, while JPI HDHL was part of a workshop on Research and Innovation driving food systems for health. As a companion to the conference, a policy brief was released on how food systems can combine diet-related health with environmental and economic policy goals, written by Kelly Parsons and Corinna Hawkes of the Center for Food Policy in London.

Exploring how the food system affects health and the potential for co-benefits, the Austrian presidency wanted to facilitate a dialogue between all relevant stakeholders in the food sector. A main focus was the presentation and discussion of promising multi-sectorial practices in the food system. After a call for best practices and an extensive inventarisation before the conference, ten were selected for interactive sessions on the first day. One of these was the Fit4Food2030 Romanian policy lab, although this was presented more as a promising initiative than a best practice, as it only started in February 2018. During the session, questions from the audience about stakeholder engagement, successes and barriers led to lively discussion, which was helpfull for the further course of the Policy Lab.

More information about the conference can be found on the website of the Austrian presidency.