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Thursday, 25 April 2019
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".
Commissioner Joe Borg, responsible for Fisheries and Maritime Affairs, during a visit in the United Kingdom, announced the setting up of a Task Force within the Commission to prepare a consultation paper on a possible maritime policy for the European Union
Sunday, 30 January 2005
This training package promotes enterprise development among women in poverty who want to start or are already engaged in small-scale business. It differs from conventional training materials in that it highlights entrepreneurial skills from a gender perspective, whether applied to starting or improving an individual, family or group business. It addresses the practical and strategic needs of low-income women in enterprise by strengthening their basic business and people management skills. It shows women how to develop their personal entrepreneurial traits and obtain support through groups, networks and institutions dealing with enterprise development.

Designed as a structured set of modules with practical learning-by-doing exercises, it highlights business development and gender relations. It brings together sources and ideas for exercises that have proven effective and appropriate for both low-income women with little formal education and for top managers in public and the private sector.

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