The new European Parliament takes stock of the EU agri-food trade priorities November 06, 2014

The European Parliament Members have acknowledged the crucial role played by the trade in the agri-food chain as they connect producers to consumers, through distribution capacities and services. CELCAA asked for the Parliament’s support for ambitious market access in FTA’s being negotiated with trading partners including tackling non-tariff barriers, export bans or tariff issues. 

CELCAA, the European Umbrella representing the agri-food trade, organised a lunch-debate hosted by MEP Daniel Caspary, EPP coordinator at INTA, at the European Parliament on the 5th November 2014. Members of European Parliament had the opportunity to exchange with representatives of the trade on technical and horizontal issues, and from various commodities’ sectors. Participants included Members of European Parliament Mr. Andrieu, Mr. Dantin, Ms. Herranz-Garcia, Mr. Landsbergis, Ms. Mosca, Mr. Pabriks, Mr. Proust, Mr. Zalba-Bidegain; political advisers; INTA Secretariat and more than 30 experts from trade sectorial associations. 

Press release is available here

CELCAA Document "Our Priority: Trade for a Better Market" is available here. 

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