Actions taken

During 2009, the activity of RETECORK regarding institutional and political contacts, presentations and implementation of campaigns increased:

  • Contact with members of parliament from the Spanish Parliament, European Parliament and Catalan Parliament.
  • Presentation of RETECORK to the Industry Committee of the Spanish Senate together with ASECOR, AECORK, C.E.Liège, ARCMED and the Catalan Institute of Cork.
  • Meeting in Palafrugell with members of the Catalan Parliament to promote a political commitment for work on the drafting of a National Plan to Rescue the Cork Sector.
  • Organisation of an institutional campaign for the preparation of motions in favour of the cork sector in Spain.
  • Signing of the agreement in favour of cork between RETECORK, the Catalan Institute of Cork and Vins i Licors Grau S.A. with the attendance of over 200 people related with the hostelry, restaurant, media sectors, etc.
  • Creation of a corporate stand for RETECORK and participation in trade fairs such as FILDA in Vendas Novas and FICOR in Coruche.
  • Participation in international events, such as VINITALY in Verona.
  • 'Pela del Suro' Festival in Llofriu.
  • Attendance at the CELIÈGE Board of Directors meeting in Palafrugell, where the incorporation of RETECORK was approved.
  • Attendance of the Seminar for the presentation of the ENPI programme in Sardinia, Italy.
  • Promotion campaign for corks at the 29th Wines of Catalonia Fair in Pals.
  • Cork recycling campaign.
  • AECORK Workshop: International cork communication plan.
  • Italian Senate: Commissione Permanente Agricoltura e Produzione Agroalimantare.
  • Presentation of RETECORK at the Spanish Congress.
  • RETECORK speech at the 1st Iberian Conference on Biology and Society, Badajoz.
  • Meeting with representatives from the commercial distribution business associations ANGED and ANESVAL.
  • Approval of the project RETECORK, European Network of Cork Territories, an instrument for sustainable development in rural areas presented to the Biodiversity Foundation.
  • 1st Meeting on the management of natural cork areas in Palafrugell.
  • Participation in the ALGUSTO fair in Bilbao.
  • Working meeting with Catalan representatives in the European Parliament.