EU Food and feed chain partners urge Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker to reject any attempt to renationalize EU market authorisations of GM crops for feed and food use.
Properly implementing the existing legislation should be the main priority for the Commission before starting further reflections on changing the current authorisation procedure. Speaking on behalf of the EU Food and Feed Chain, Pekka Pesonen, Copa-Cogeca Secretary General warns the European Commission on the severe economic and social impacts of this proposal, which will severely jeopardize the Internal Market for food and feed products leading to significant job losses and lower investment in the Agro-food chain in “opt-out” countries. This would lead to severe distortion of competition for all EU agro-food chain partners.
The EU food and feed chain partners call on the Commissioner College to fulfil their role as “Guardians of the EU treaties” rejecting this approach which would reverse the economic achievements of the European Customs Union and the Single Market.
According to the chain partners the announced initiative fails to meet the basic requirements of the EU treaties and strongly calls into question the new Commission political priorities on “jobs & growth” and the “better and smart regulation agenda”.
The EU food and feed chain partners are:
Coceral, the European association of cereals, rice, feedstuffs oilseeds, olive oil, oils and fats and agrosupply trade;
Copa-Cogeca is the united voice of farmers and agri-cooperatives in the EU;
ESA European Seed Association is the voice of the European seed sector, representing those active in research, breeding, production and marketing of seeds;
EuropaBio is the European Association of BioIndustries;
The European Flour Millers’ association is the voice of the European flour milling industry;
Euvepro is the European Vegetable Protein Federation representing the interest of the producers of vegetable proteins for human consumption in the EU.
Fediol, the EU vegetable oil and proteinmeal industry association, represents the interests of the European seed and bean crushers, meal producers, vegetable oils producers, refiners and bottlers.
Fefac is the European Compound Feed Manufacturers’ Federation.
The Federation of European Rice Millers (FERM) is the voice of the European rice milling industry.
Starch Europe (formerly known as AAF) is the trade association which represents the interests of the EU starch industry both at European and international level.
The European Livestock and Meat Trades Union (UECBV) represents national federations of livestock traders, meat industry, and meat traders.
Unistock Europe is the only European association of professional storekeepers for agribulk commodities in the European Union.