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24/04/2018
Ongoing
Reference: 
INT/853-EESC-02126
Plenary session: 
537 -
Sep 19, 2018 Sep 20, 2018

Aiming to modernise existing rules and provide better redress opportunities for consumers, the Commission's New Deal for Consumers also proposes increased cooperation with partner countries outside the EU, the equal treatment of consumers in the Single Market, improved communication and capacity-building. It also looks at future challenges for consumer policy (such as AI, the Internet of Things and the Circular Economy).

01/12/2017
Adopted
Reference: 
NAT/711-EESC-2017-02234-00-00-AC-TRA
Plenary session: 
530 -
Dec 06, 2017 Dec 07, 2017

The own-initiative opinion, prepared by the EESC Permanent Study Group on Sustainable Food Systems, will aim to identify existing challenges, policy inconsistencies and obstacles to a more coherent food policy approach at EU level; to provide examples of ongoing transitions to more sustainable food policies at local/regional/national level; to highlight the role of civil society in building partnerships among stakeholders across the food supply chain; and to define how a comprehensive food policy for the EU should look, including an indicative roadmap.

EESC opinion: Civil society's contribution to the development of a comprehensive food policy in the EU

24/01/2017
Adopted
Reference: 
REX/484-EESC-0000

The 2030 Agenda, the new global framework for sustainable development agreed by the UN in 2015, needs to be reflected in EU's development policy, the major orientations of which are set out in the 2005 European Consensus on Development ("the Consensus").

To this end, the Commission issued Communication COM(2016) 740, "Proposal for a New European Consensus on Development: Our World, Our Dignity, Our Future" in November 2016.  Interinstitutional negotiations are expected to result in its endorsement in the form of a Joint Statement by the Council, the European Parliament and the Commission, in May 2017.

Information memo: REX/484 - European Consensus on Development

29/03/2017
Adopted
Reference: 
NAT/701-EESC-2017
Plenary session: 
524 -
Mar 29, 2017 Mar 30, 2017

The EESC opinion  provides input to the Commission's proposal for a Regulation on the definition, presentation and labelling of spirit drinks, the use of the names of spirit drinks in the presentation and labelling of other foodstuffs and the protection of geographical indications for spirit drinks.

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2016
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The EESC Permanent Study Group on Sustainable Food Systems aims to contribute to the development of a comprehensive food policy in the EU. This leaflet presents its main priorities and ongoing work.

22/06/2016

The agro-food supply chain connects important and diverse sectors of the European economy that are essential for economic, social and environmental welfare as well as for the health of European citizens. Over recent years, there has been a shift in bargaining power in the supply chain, mostly to the advantage of the retail sector and to the detriment of primary producers. The position of the most vulnerable actors, such as farmers, should therefore be addressed, in particular by ensuring that prices that allow the farmer to make a fair profit are paid throughout the agro-food supply chain and by putting an end to unfair trading practices.

19/10/2016
Adopted
Reference: 
NAT/680-EESC-2016-01870-00-00-ac-tra
Plenary session: 
520 -
Oct 19, 2016 Oct 20, 2016

Over recent years, there has been a shift in bargaining power in the food supply chain, mostly to the advantage of the retail sector and some transnational companies and to the detriment of suppliers, in particular primary producers. The concentration of bargaining power has led to the abuse of positions of dominance causing weaker operators to become increasingly vulnerable to Unfair Trading Practices (UTPs). The opinion takes stock of the impact of UTPs, stresses the difficult position of the most vulnerable actors along the chain and calls for action at EU level to stop UTPs and promote a fairer food supply chain.

EESC opinion: Promoting a fairer agro-food supply chain

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