Key points :
- welcomes the Commission Communication on creating a strong and sustainable EU algae sector;
- points out that in the context of creating an algae sector, it is necessary to increase confidence in products and pay more attention to ensuring they are safe;
- understands that there is a reasonable balance between macroalgae and microalgae in the Communication, but recommends examining how the freshwater part of the algae sector could bring benefits to certain Member States (those without a maritime coastline);
- recommends taking a more balanced and integrated approach to related sectors, making a clear distinction between the competences of the EU and of the Member States and, if need be, protecting the internal market from cheap imports.