CELCAA welcomes the ascent of the European Parliament on CETA February 15, 2017

CELCAA, the European Umbrella of the trade in agri-food and agri-commodities products welcome the positive vote of the European Parliament Plenary of today, 15th February 2017.  For the EU agricultural trade, the increased market access, the protection of many European GIs and a fast track process for SPS issues provided in CETA are key vectors to support the growth and employment in the agricultural sector in Europe.   

The infography of the implication of CETA for the Agri-food trade can be found here

President of CELCAA, Paul Rooke declared: ‘The outcome of CETA is balanced and ambitious for agriculture and promises to be positive for the EU agricultural sector and the agri-food traders who are SMEs in great majority’.  

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