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Thursday, 10 September 2009

High Level Group on the Competitiveness of the Agro-Food Industry

The 2959th Council meeting on Agriculture and Fisheries held in Brussels on 7 September 2009 took note of the report from the High Level Group on the Competitiveness of the Agro-Food Industry presented by the Commission. The report issued in March contained thirty recommendations and a 'roadmap of key initiatives' was endorsed in July to implement them. Most Member states welcomed the recommendations to:
- create valuable instruments to support the competitiveness of SMEs;
- facilitate the development of new food processing technologies;
- establish a European forum that will address the relationships among the players in the food chain, and in particular between producers/processors/distributors;
- adopt an EU wide code of conduct;
- rebalance the asymmetry of the bargaining power in the food supply chain.
The High Level Group on the Competitiveness of the Agro-Food Industry was set up by the Commission in 2008 to bring together representatives from the Commission, Member States, the European Parliament, the food industry, the agricultural sector, retailers and consumers, with the task of making recommendations for promoting the sustainable development and competitiveness of the European agro-food sector.

Source: EU Council