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Tuesday, 24 October 2017
The Presidency outlined to the Member States the arrangements for the informal meeting with the Ministers of the sugar-producing ACP countries and LDCs, and briefly recalled that this meeting stemmed from an undertaking made at a previous Council to involve these countries in the discussions under way on the reform of the sugar CMO.
The Spanish delegation congratulated the Presidency on this initiative, and said that it considered the Action Plan on accompanying measures for Sugar Protocol countries affected by the reform of the EU sugar regime (5611/05), presented by the Commission, to be premature in the absence of any legislative proposal. This delegation stated that it would submit a joint statement with the ACP ministerial delegation and the representatives of the LDCs on reform of the sugar CMO. Commissioner Fischer-Boel, questioned on the provisional timetable for reform of the regime, recalled that the Commission was awaiting the decision of the Appellate Body scheduled for 28 April, following a CMO panel initiated by three States, before returning to this issue. She stated that a legislative proposal would be presented in June or at the beginning of July, and that it would be good to have an agreement on this proposal for reform in November 2005, so that the EU could appear in the best possible negotiating position at the WTO Ministerial Conference in Hong Kong in December 2005. After thanking the delegations and the Commission, the Presidency stressed that the views expressed by the sugar-producing ACP countries and LDCs on reform should be taken into consideration when the Commission presented its legislative proposal.
2635th Council Meeting Agriculture and Fisheries - Brussels, 24 January 2005
Thursday, 03 February 2005
The European Commission has notified today to the WTO its intentions concerning the level of duty in the new tariff-only system for the EU’s import regime for bananas. The new tariff proposed by the Commission of 230€ per tonne for most favoured nation (MFN) suppliers - mostly in Latin America - is intended to replace as of 1 January 2006 the present regime based on tariff quotas. The new proposed duty preserves the current level of market access for WTO members exporting bananas to the EU under the WTO’s most favoured nation conditions. The Commission has proceeded with this notification to the WTO under the terms agreed in Doha in 2001. These terms had been explicitly requested by the Latin American exporting countries, and they provide for the possibility of arbitration on the level of the tariff. The EC will maintain a preference for African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries, in a manner respecting entirely the EU’s obligations and commitments towards all interested parties. The Commission also welcomes as a new and positive element the efforts undertaken by the Presidents of the Latin American exporting countries to foster their cooperation and their openness to discuss the issue with the EU. The Commission intends to intensify its dialogue with these countries in a positive and constructive manner. The Commission would like to stress that the notification of its intentions to the WTO is an unavoidable procedural step that does not preclude constructive engagement with the exporting countries
Tuesday, 01 February 2005
Guidelines have been agreed between the Commission and the Member States to facilitate the implementation of major requirements in the General Food Law (Regulation 178/2002) that entered into force on 1 January 2005. The Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health, consisting of representatives of the Member States, agreed on this common guidance document to make harmonised implementation in all Member States easier. The specific requirements covered in the guidance document include the traceability of food products, withdrawal of dangerous food products from the market, operator responsibilities and requirements applicable to imports and exports.

25 national laws plus two EU directives ensure that consumers can rely on the weight indications on all packed products such as food, hygiene, cleaning products, paints etc. But national laws vary, leading to increased costs for producers for packaging and labeling. Consumers are faced with different labeling on packages. Taking up a recommendation of the SLIM exercise (Simpler Legislation for the Internal Market), the Commission is aiming to streamline the various existing laws into a single directive (currently two), while at the same time sweeping away some 25 different national rules in this area and reducing costs and regulatory headaches for manufacturers. To involve all stakeholders and consumers in preparing the new directive, the Commission has launched a public consultation to solicit the views of producers and citizens on its plans for simplifying current legislation and aligning it with the international standards formulated by the OIML (Organisation Internationale de Métrologie Légale).

Monday, 31 January 2005
Entransfood, the European network on safety assessment of genetically modified food crops,a consortium of 65 partners from 13 different European countries, including representatives from various sectors, has come up with major conclusions and recommendations of topics which they investigated regarding genetically modified safety risk assessment. See report "Genetically modified crops in the EU:food safety assessment, regulation,and public concerns
Overarching report".