World Tobacco Conference

A new era for the EU & World Tobacco

A new feature for WT Europe in 2018 was the free-to-attend conference which featured a range of expert speakers who addressed the latest challenges and opportunities facing the industry.

Wednesday 30 May 2018


10.00 - 10.15 Opening Ceremony Rumen Porodzanov, Bulgarian Minister of Agriculture

10.15 - 10.55                                                          

The Future of European Leaf Tobacco - ELTI presentation and activity plan

Gennarino Masiello, ELTI President

Tsvetan Filev, Unitab President, ELTI, Vice President

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Carlo Sacchetto & Francois Vedel, ELTI Secretaries General

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10.55 - 11.15

ELTI the official transnational EU Interbranch recognition process

Pietro Gasparri, Director Italian Ministry of Agriculture

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11.15 - 11.50

Leaf tobacco and the EU Common Agriculture Policy after 2020

Tsvetan Dimitrov, Bulgarian Deputy Minister of Agriculture
11.50 - 12.10

World tobacco industry perspectives

Shane MacGuill, Head of Tobacco Sector,  Euromonitor International

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12.10 - 12.30 Leaf perspectives at world level

Antonio Abrunhosa, ITGA International Tobacco Growers' Association

12.30 - 12.45 Leaf perspectives: focus on oriental tobaccos

Alexandros Kontos, SEKE CEO, former Greece Minister of Agriculture

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12.45 - 13.20 EU Tobacco Product Directive 2 Implementation: where are we now?

Alisdair Gray, Secretary General, CECCM, European Confederation of Cigarettes Manufacturers

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Peter van der Mark, Secretary General, ESTA - European Smoking Tobacco Association

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13.20 - 14.30


14.30 - 14.50 Tobacco Plain Packaging: state of the art, possible impacts in the other sectors

Mike Ridgway, Director, CPMA - Consumer Packaging Manufacturers Alliance

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14.50 - 15.50


Current, future quality & sustainability requirements for leaf tobacco in traditional and new products

Pedro Sampaio, Director Leaf EU/EEMA, Philip Morris International

Domenico Cardinali, Fetratab President, ELTI Vice President

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Christian Rasmussen, Head of Sales, Socotab

Gary Taylor, Regional Director, Universal Leaf Africa

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15.50 - 16.30 Alternatives for tobacco farmers

Paolo De Castro, Vice-President European Parliament, AGRI Committee (video)

Stefano Ciliberti, Department of Economics, Fac. Agricultural Sciences, Perugia University

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Maria Kasheva, Bulgarian Institute for Tobacco and Tobacco Products


Thursday 31 May



10.00 - 10.45                                         

The future of leaf tobacco associated businesses and communities

Lorenzo Curina, CEO & Sales Director, Godioli e Bellanti

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Alessio Scarscelli, De Cloet

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Methi Sali, Mayor of Yasenkovo Village, Venets Municipality, Shumen District

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10.45 - 11.05

Global Tobacco Regulation Overview

Ivan Genov, Drinks & Tobacco Analyst, Euromonitor International

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11.05 - 11.40

Lowering nicotine levels in tobacco and tobacco products

François Dorlhac, Research Manager, Imperial Tobacco

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Anna Malpica, Bergerac Seeds & Breeding

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11.40 - 12.15

WHO FCTC COP8: possible regulatory developments impacting leaf tobacco

John Pritchard, Head of Regulatory Science, Imperial Brands

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Carlo Sacchetto, Secretary General, ELTI

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12.15 - 12.45 Tobacco & International Trade issues

Marina Foltea, CEO & Founder, Trade Pacts

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12.45 - 13.20

Illicit trade in tobacco products & leaf tobacco in the EU: an overview, actions

Tsanka Kemalova, Director, BATI - Bulgarian Association of Tobacco Manufacturers

Carlo Sacchetto, Sectretary General, ELTI

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