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Opinion on The importance of agricultural trade for the future development of agriculture and farming in the EU in the context of global food security

EESK:s yttrande: Agricultural trade/global food security


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The Exploratory opinion on "More sustainable food systems" (Rapporteur: Mindaugas Maciulevičius), requested by the Netherlands presidency of the EU, was adopted by the EESC at its plenary session on 26 May 2016. The opinion calls for the development of a comprehensive food policy in the EU and for an ...

The EESC has received a request from the incoming Dutch EU Presidency for an exploratory opinion on how to achieve more sustainable food systems in a resource-constrained world. In the past few years, civil society has been increasingly concerned about the environmental, economic and social impact of unsustainable food chains. Globally, about one-third of food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted. Food is also one of the most important drivers of environmental pressures. The hearing will represent an opportunity to hear from experts and stakeholders about their views and initiatives for a transition to more sustainable food systems in Europe. The discussion will take a holistic and systemic approach by considering the environmental, economic and social dimensions of sustainability and the importance of cross-sectoral co-operation across the food supply chain.


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.

Mr Seppo Kallio, EESC Vice-president

"Yhtä elintärkeitä toimintoja kuin lentoliikenteen häiriötön jatkuminen on yhteiskunnassamme monia ja useimmat ovat vielä sidoksissa toisiinsa – kun yksi toiminto on syystä tai toisesta jumissa, sillä on yllättävän kauaskantoisia vaikutuksia useaan eri sektoriin. Häiriö- ja kriisialttiita sektoreita ovat perinteisesti esim. tietoliikenneyhteydet, lentoliikenne ja merikuljetukset. ..."


Discours de bienvenue et d'introduction de M. Seppo Kallio

Position paper
2 pages

The EESC strongly believe that ensuring food security is not just about producing more food. Supplying diverse, nutritious and good quality foods, supporting smallholder farmers, sustaining soil and water resources and reducing food waste are objectives that should also be pursued.

The EESC aims to promote civil society's role in food security, for example through its opinions, its cooperation with the FAO, participating as observer in the UN Committee on World Food Security (CFS) or through UN International Year events.

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Mr Paavo Väyrynen, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development

"Toimivat markkinat ja kilpailukykyinen talous ovat huoltovarmuuden perusta. Markkinamekanismi on tehokas tapa yhteen sovittaa tuotantoa ja kulutusta. Kaikilla aloilla markkinamekanismi ei kuitenkaan kykene turvaamaan huoltovarmuutta, minkä vuoksi tarvitaan erityistoimenpiteitä. Ne ovat pieni osa kansantalouden kokonaisuudessa ja niillä tilkitään ainoastaan aivan kriittisimpiä huoltovarmuuden puutteita. ..."


Objectifs principaux de la politique sur la sécurité de l'approvisionnement alimentaire en Finlande

Mr Juha Marttila, President
Central Union of Agricultural Producers and Forest Owners (MTK)

"Suomen viljelijät ja järjestöni MTK haluavat olla kehittämässä ja tukemassa maatalouden ja elintarvikesektorin huoltovarmuusyhteistyötä Suomessa valtiovallan ja eri organisaatioiden kanssa. ..."


Agricultural production as a critical part of the overall security of supply