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  • Published In: 2014
    80 pages
    Comparative Study on EU Member States’ legislation and practices on food donation

    This study provides a comparative overview of current legislation and practices concerning food donation in the EU Member States (MS) by mapping key hurdles preventing food donation, by identifying best practices in the field and by developing recommendations on how to legislate or interpret legislation in order to facilitate food donation. The study investigates five main legislative areas impacting food donation (product liability, food safety and hygiene, food durability and date marking, tax legislation, and the food waste hierarchy) in 12 Member States selected with balanced geographic representation across the EU (the United Kingdom, France, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Poland, Hungary, Denmark and Sweden). The study illustrates that Denmark, Spain and Sweden still impose VAT on food donation and that only France and Spain have corporate tax benefits in place to incentivise food donation. The study also shows that there is a general confusion with regards to the donation of foods exceeding their ‘best before’ dates and a general interest for legislation limiting liability for food donors (such as the Good Samaritan Law in Italy).  The study recommends clarification around VAT liability on donated food and EU guidelines for assessing additional lifetime of products.

  • Published In: 2014
    8 pages
    A new global partnership - European Civil Society Positions on the Post-2015 Framework - Conference conclusions

    On 13 and 14 February 2014, over 150 civil society representatives gathered at the EESC to discuss their positions on a global Post-2015 framework for sustainable development. Participants from local, regional and national authorities, EU and UN level policy-makers, social partners, environment, development, human rights, agriculture and consumer organisations; industry, business and academia brought a wealth of perspectives into the debate. This summary of key points, prepared by the Conference organisers, will be brought to the attention of EU decision-makers in order to contribute to the formulation of a strong EU negotiating position on the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda.

  • Published In: 2014
    4 pages
    NAT: Agriculture, Rural Development, the Environment

    The NAT section prepares the EESC’s work in two key areas of EU policy: agriculture and rural development, as well as the environment.

  • Published In: 2013
    16 pages
    Studies carried out in 2012 - Compendium
    Compendium of studies carried out in 2012 on the initiative of the EESC
  • Published In: 2013
    2 pages
    The challenge of climate change - EESC Position paper
    "The international climate change negotiations should be a forum in which countries encourage each other forwards, not hold each other back." Lutz Ribbe, President, EESC Sustainable Development Observatory
  • Published In: 2013
    6 pages
    Investment in Improving the Environment and Remediation of Environmental Damage
    Comparative Study of Different Measures Funded through the Use of Economic Environmental Instruments
  • Published In: 2013
    6 pages
    Welcome to the city bees!

    In May 2012, one beehive was installed on the European Economic and social Committee’s rooftop terrace. The initiative aims to increase urban biodiversity and sends a message of hope for the future of our bees and natural ecosystems.

  • Published In: 2012
    6 pages
    Investment in improving the environment
    Investment in improving the environment and remediation of environmental damage. Comparative study of different measures funded through the use of economic environmental instruments. Key messages.
  • Published In: 2012
    4 pages
    EESC messages for Rio+20
    Based on an intensive civil society dialogue the EESC contributed to establishing the EU's position on Rio+20. In February 2012, the major EESC conference Go sustainable, be responsible! European civil society on the road to Rio+20, sent out a list of messages to take on board at Rio+20 and called on our political leaders to step up their efforts to arrive to an ambitious outcome at the UN conference.
  • Published In: 2012
    24 pages
    Go sustainable, be responsible! European civil society on the road to Rio+20
    In February, the EESC conference Go sustainable, be responsible! European civil society on the road to Rio+20, offered a unique opportunity to hear the voices of European civil society in the run-up to the UN summit. With nearly 300 participants, high-level speakers, lively debates and plenty of media interest, it fully reflected the importance of sustainable development on the EESC agenda.

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