3rd annual event of Supply Chain Initiative February 06, 2017

On 24th January 2017, the Supply Chain Initiative organised its third annual event in the European Parliament. 
The Supply Chain Initiative (SCI) marked further progress in promoting good trading practices in its third annual report presented at an event today sponsored by MEPs Dita Charanzová and Ivan Štefanec. The press release is available here.

At the meeting of the High Level Forum for a better functioning food supply chain in December 2016, the SCI presented its proposals for transforming the SCI, and making it stronger and more independent. These include the introduction of an independent chair, who will ensure that rules and procedures are respected; act as a recipient for confidential complaints, issue guidance and recommendations of general interest and promote good practice. The SCI will also focus more on reinforcing the network of national platforms and will strengthen its efforts to raise awareness and reach out to SMEs. 

CELCAA Secretary-General, Pascale Rouhier, said “From the start, the EU agri-food chain has been a strong supporter of an ambitious EU-Japan FTA. I hope that expectations from the sector will be met in terms of tariffs elimination, and the removal of non-tariff barriers impacting EU exports. We also welcome the fact that Japan has agreed to recognise the EU system of Geographical Indications (GIs) to protect our agri-food products from imitations. Such a deal could result in a significant increase in our exports of high-value added products to Japan”.

Press release is available here