Press releases 


16th November 2017 

Celcaa, Copa and Cogeca and FoodDrinkEurope call for comprehensive EU-UK trade deal and only one set of change. Trade in agri-commodities and food and drink products represents 11% of bilateral trade flows between the EU27 and the UK. As a consequence of Brexit, unprecedented challenges and a high level of uncertainty prevails. With this in mind, the three  key food chain partners call for specific measures to mitigate as much as possible any negative impact on the sector as a result of Brexit. 
Press release is available here. Statement is available here

21st September 2017

The provisional application of the Comprehensive and Economic Agreement (CETA) between the EU and Canada comes to effect today, 21st September 2017. This provisional application comes after the European Council decision in October 2016 to sign the agreement and the ratification in February 2017 by the European Parliament. CELCAA, the European Umbrella of the trade in agri-food and agri-commodities products welcomes the provisional application as it will increase market access for many EU agri-food products, protect the European GIs and provides a fast track process for SPS issues.
Press release is available here , and the infographic on CETA and agri-food trade here.

6th July 2017 

Copa and Cogeca, CELCAA and FoodDrinkEurope welcome the announcement made on 6th July 2017 at the EU-Japan Summit on the ‘in principle’ agreement of an EU-Japan trade agreement, saying that an ambitious trade deal will have a significant positive impact on both economies. For the European agri-food chain, an ambitious deal means both a comprehensive reduction of import tariffs and non-tariff barriers to trade such as SPS barriers, and the meaningful translation into enhanced market access and trade conditions.
Press release is available here.

21st June 2017 

Ahead of the EU-Mercosur third round of negotiations starting on 3rd July 2017, CELCAA highlighted its interests for a balanced agreement to the European Parliament at a breakfast - meeting co-hosted by MEP Ribeira and Caspary. 
Press release is available here

9th March 2017 
CELCAA exposes its views on EU - Mercosur FTA Negotiations to Commission Chief of negotiations and to Member States. 
Press release is available here

15th February 2017 
CELCAA welcomes the ascent of the European Parliament on CETA. Press release is available here

30th October 2016 
CELCAA welcomes the Council signature of CETA and urges the European Parliament to give its consent for a swift implementation. 
Press release is available here

12th October 2016 
CELCAA invites the European Parliament to give its consent to CETA, at a lunch-discussion hosted by MEP Pabriks, CETA rapporteur, at the European Parliament on 11th October 2016. 
Press release is available here. Infographic on the benefits for the EU agri-food trade is available here

26th April 2016: 

The EU should seek Mercosur’s commitment to the prompt removal of the existing SPS and non-tariff barriers impeding EU agri-food exports to Mercosur in parallel of the exchange of offers that will take place in May 2016
Press release is available here. 

29th October 2015:

FTA negotiations should not allow sensitive areas to be sidestepped, says CELCAA. Press release is available here.  

21th October 2015: Communication on Trade Policy is good way forward - Implementation of the Strategy will deliver concrete benefits for agriculture sector. Press release is available here. CELCAA position on new EU Trade Strategy is available here

29th May 2015: At the occasion of the 23rd Bilateral EU-Japan Summit, the EU agri-food chain organisations call for an ambitious trade deal between EU and Japan. Press release is available here.   

CELCAA welcomes the upgrading of the EU-Mexico Free Trade Agreement, announced on 11th May 2015 by EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström and the Mexican Secretary of Economy Ildefonso Guajardo Villarreal.  Press release is available here

Trade contribution to EU agricultural sector growth endorsed by high level decision-makers, at a round table organised by CELCAA at the European Parliament on 21st April- read here. To visualise the presentations made during the event, please visit 

The new European Parliament takes stock of the EU agri-food trade priorities, 5th November 2014 - read hereCELCAA Document "Our Priority: Trade for a Better Market" is available here. 

Join the debate ! CELCAA working session at the 2014 WTO Public Forum is on 3rd October 2014- Programme is now on-line!

CELCAA welcomes the continuation of the EU-Japan FTA negotiations, 1st July 2014- read here

CELCAA together with EU agri-food chain organisations call for continuation of EU-Japan free trade talks, 23rd May 2014 - read here

CELCAA views on TTIP negotiations, at the Stakeholders' event organised by DG TRADE, 13th March 2014- read the press release here and the speech of CELCAA Chair here 

CELCAA calls for a deal on Trade Facilitation at the WTO Ministerial in Bali, 2nd December 2013 - Read here

Agriculture & FOOD SAFETY 

At a high level conference organised on 24th June 2016 on Food Integrity and Authenticity by Celcaa, Euro Coop and UECBV, participants discussed and endorsed a set of recommendations. Press release is available here. Recommendations are available here

Agri-food chain partners discuss and share best practices on implementation of new EU promotion Policy for agri-food products at High Level seminar, on 22nd October 2015. Press release is available here.

CELCAA together with agri-food businesses call for a policy shift towards innovation, 6th May 2014 - Read here for the full document and here for the press release

CELCAA welcomes the  political agreement amongst the EU Institutions on promotion policy, targeting in particular third countries' market, 3rd April 2014- Read here

CELCAA supports Commission proposal on the reform of the promotion Policy, but calls for improvements, 22nd January 2014 - Read here

CELCAA welcomes the adoption by the European Council of the reform of the CAP, paving the way for a more market-oriented, productive and efficient agriculture policy, strengthening the European agri-food sector as a whole, 16th December 2013 - read here


23th November 2017 
AFCC Statement: Innovation is crucial for resources efficiency in the EU agri-food chain. The Agri-Food Chain Coalition (AFCC) seizes the opportunity of its event - ‘Innovation is good news – opening eyes to resource efficiency in the European agri-food chain’ in Brussels to highlight the importance of innovation in the agri-food sector. Innovation helps improve food security, drives resource efficiency and encourages sustainable agriculture. 
Press release is available here.

7th July 2017
AFCC Statement: CAP after 2020: fresh focus needed on sustainable food, jobs, growth and innovation, at the occasion of the DG AGRI Conference on future of CAP. 
Press release is available here.

30th May 2017
Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis called for “all the stakeholders including farmers to work together with you and play a vital role to advance the promotion and understanding of science wherever possible,” at the COCERAL/UNISTOCK Conference on ‘Innovation in the food chain: Communicating risks, sharing experiences, seizing opportunities’, held in Poland on 30 May.

Responding to this call, Agri-Food Chain Coalition (AFCC) Chair, Roxane Feller, said that there are many innovative solutions available for both livestock and crop production, and that the promotion of science is one of the key objectives under the AFCC’s recommendations for better and smarter policy-making, outlined in the Food for Thought vision paper.
See Press Release and the strategic document 'Food For Thoughts'.

23rd September 2014
New Agri-Food Chain Coalition, including CELCAA, calls for stronger EU policy focus on innovation, jobs and sustainability, at the European Parliament on 23rd September 2014. See  the press release and the strategic document "Food For Thoughts - a vision for unlocking the potential of agriculture and the food industry in the EU". 

Supply Chain Initiative

Supply Chain Initiative appoints an independant Chair- Read press release here. 8th November 2017.

Supply Chain Initiative organises its 3rd annual event at the European Parliament- Read the press release here. 24th January 2017 

Supply Chain Initiative makes it easier for small and micro entreprises to join. Read here the press release - 22nd September 2015. 

Supply Chain Initiative publishes its first Annual Report at the occasion of a conference organised on 21.01.2015 at the European Parliament. Read here the press release. Download the Annual Report here

Supply Chain Initiative reaches 100 registrations, July 2014- read here

Supply Chain Initiative welcomes the Commission support in its Communication on tackling unfair trade practices, 15th July 2014 - Read here


May 2015: Jaana Kleinschmit was elected President of COCERAL by the General Assembly meeting on 22nd of May in Antwerp. Succeeding Paul Della Tolla, Jaana will serve a two-year term until 2017. Press release is available here.