United for a Europe of diversity

Expectations of the German food sector towards the EU Institutions from 2019 to 2024
What does the German food sector expect from the Institutions and the Member States of the European Union in the legislative period until 2024? Have a look!

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More than 60 years after the signing of the Treaty of Rome on 25 March 1957 and more than 25 years since the establishment of the Single Market, the largest contiguous economic area in the world, the European Union (EU) remains a success story. At the same time, it faces new tasks and challenges in the coming legislative period from 2019 to 2024.

European solutions are the way forward

After the referendum on Britain’s withdrawal from the EU and the widespread stagnation of the European project as well as the emergence of populist tendencies during the past legislative period, the goal must now be to find the way back to “European solutions”. This means that the core ideas of Europe, the safeguarding of peace and economic cooperation, must be brought to the fore again, and the Member States are called upon for more community and less opposition. The national unilateral actions of several Member States in the last years have proved to be counterproductive and are an expression of short-sightedness. They endanger the Single Market and are therefore one of the biggest threats to the EU, the food industry as one of the most important economic sectors, its employees and its customers. Closing off national markets is poison for diversity, innovation and joyful consumption. This applies in particular when raw materials and food become more expensive and the free movement of goods is restricted. In times when consumers are shopping across borders, national thinking does not make sense either in terms of time or with a view to uniform consumer protection across the EU.

Harmonisation needed wherever possible

Therefore, standing up together for a Europe of diversity is our main expectation for the coming years. This means a clear commitment to further harmonisation of food law, where this makes sense and is necessary, obviously respecting the subsidiarity principle. Ensuring uniform application of the harmonised legislation in all Member States is just as important and there is ample room for improvement. Investment and support in research and innovation is another essential ask, especially in view of supporting companies and especially SMEs in their ever more challenging endeavour to guarantee safe and nutritious food, in view of the rapid developments in science.

A clear commitment to Europe is required

Representing the German food sector, Food Federation Germany requests a clear commitment to Europe and European solutions from all institutions, the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Council. The German Government has a special responsibility at Council level in assuring that the deadlock policy of recent years ends. We need more unity and common action and less national unilateral actions. Europe is the future!

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Our expectations in detail:

  • Strengthen the Single Market – preserve European diversity
    Strengthen the Single Market – preserve European diversity
    Economic co-operation is at the heart of the European Union: a common currency, the Single Market, common trade agreements. Without these pillars, many things would be more difficult, more expensive and far less successful. More ...
  • Taking consumers’ wishes and needs seriously
    Taking consumers’ wishes and needs seriously
    Health, taste and joyful consumption should not be restricted by country borders. More ...
  • European solutions is the basic idea of food law
    European solutions is the basic idea of food law
    One of the most important European success stories is the harmonisation of food law. The Single Market ensures that the same food quality and safety standards apply across Europe – to protect consumers and provide security for companies in the food sector. More ...
  • Making mutual recognition work
    Making mutual recognition work
    It is up to the Member States now to comply fully with their obligation to ensure mutual recognition. More ...
  • Making “better regulation” work better
    Making “better regulation” work better
    The German food sector supports the continuation of the European Better Regulation initiative, which includes better impact assessment and quality control in the creation of new or amended legislation as well as comprehensive stakeholder consultation. More ...
  • Anti-European agendas must not dominate food policy
    Anti-European agendas must not dominate food policy
    Anti-European policy based on allegations instead of evidence is the opposite of “Better legislation” as we understand it. Anti-European trends must not be allowed to determine the food policy agenda. More ...
  • The European Commission must fulfil its role as “Guardian of the Treaties”
    The European Commission must fulfil its role as “Guardian of the Treaties”
    The European Commission must take its role as Guardian of the Treaties seriously again and not, as in the last years, refrain from reminding Member States of their obligations in the Single Market and for guaranteeing its functioning – and Member States and the European Parliament must challenge and encourage the Commission in doing so. More ...
  • Science as the basis is mandatory
    Science as the basis is mandatory
    The European legislator is explicitly committed to science as the basis for its actions. This follows from the Basic Regulation on Food Law. This basis should be protected and strengthened. More ...
  • Diversity and freedom of choice for individual consumers
    Diversity and freedom of choice for individual consumers
    The German food sector supports the image of the “well-informed and reasonably alert and attentive consumer” as a benchmark for legislation, and continues to oppose explicitly paternalistic approaches that have been the basis of many consumer political demands and concerns for a good decade. More ...
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