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Tuesday, 06 July 2010

The international competitiveness of the European agri-food model

The 3025th Agriculture ands Fisheries Council meeting held in Luxembourg on 29 June 2010 discussed the  International competitiveness of the European agri-food model. Within the framework of international law, it is relevant to acknowledge the need for a level playing field between the EU and third country producers, concerning the EU standards, which recognise that consumers’ demands and any societal concerns (such as quality, health, environment and animal welfare) are met.
Effective control systems in Member States are a key element. It is important to ensure effective
sanitary and phyto-sanitary controls at agreed points of Community entry at the EU's external
borders, or at places of destination where applicable and useful.
• In this regard, the Council looks forward to receiving the report to be submitted to it by the
Commission by the end of 2010 on the effectiveness and consistency of sanitary and phytosanitary
controls on imports of food, feed, animals and plants, with a view to continuing a wellfunctioning
Community framework on imports, along with proposals, if appropriate.
• At international level, promotion of the model will come through having it recognised in
international negotiations, thus strengthening the European Union's role as an important player
in the establishment of international rules. The role of quality schemes, including Geographical
Indications, should be reinforced in order to fully take advantage of their potential.

Source: Council of the EUropean Union