Free Conference Programme

The WT Europe Conference is proudly organised by ELTI – European Leaf Tobacco Interbranch



The whole conference was livestreamed on the ELTI Facebook Page. If you missed it, you can find a recording at: https://www.facebook.com/ELTI.EuropeanLeafTobaccoIBO


Wednesday 18 May 2022 – ELTI CONFERENCE THEME:

The perspectives of European Tobacco and ESG


10.00 - 10:15: Opening ceremony and welcome
Ivan Ivanov, Bulgarian Ministry of Agriculture


10.15 - 10.55: World tobacco trends, focus on novel end emerging products

Jose Becerril, Euromonitor International

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10.55 - 11.25: Global challenges of the tobacco farmers around the world
Mercedes Vazquez, ITGA - International Tobacco Growers' Association, CEO

Ivan Genov, ITGA, Analyst


11.25 - 12.00: Evolution and perspectives of EU raw tobacco growing, processing and marketing, the impact of CAP 2023-2026

Tsvetan Filev, ELTI - European Leaf Tobacco Interbranch, President

Theodoros Lordanidis, UNITAB, President

Przemyslaw Noworyta, UNITAB, Delegated Secretary

Carlo Sacchetto, FETRATAB, Secretary general


12:00 - 12.30: WHO FCTC COP 9 and 10

Maria Reymao, Universal Leaf Tobacco


12.30 - 13.00: EU raw tobacco trade, Carbon farming opportunities

Federico Facchin, Copa-Cogeca

13.00 - 13.30: EU TPD, EU TED, other EU regulations: BECA, Smoke Free Environments

Maurits Bruggink, Tobacco Europe


13.20 - 14.30: LUNCH & EXHIBITION TIME


14.30 - 15.15: The monitoring of EU raw tobacco flows:

  • The Polish System
  • The ELTI proposal

Wojciech Krawczyk, ULT Poland Managing Director

Carlo Sacchetto, ELTI/Fetratab Secretary General


15.15 - 15.45: Are other restrictions coming? Health warnings on individual sticks, age restrictions, plain packaging trends, pandemic and counterfeiting …

Mike Ridgway, CPMA - Consumer Packaging Manufacturers Alliance, Director


15.45 - 16.15: Tobacco sustainability and ESG

Domenico Cardinali, Deltafina/ULT Group President and Managing Director

Rodolfo Salvi, Salvarat


16.15 - 16.45: Are there alternatives to tobacco growing?

  • Cannabis
  • Jet-Fuel and animal feed

Jose Becerril, Euromonitor International

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Carlo Sacchetto, APTI - Italian Association of Tobacco Processors




Entry into all sessions AND the exhibition is completely free of charge. Join fellow tobacco professionals from across the region in Sofia from 18-19 May 2022 for WT Europe.