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Strengthen the Single Market – preserve European diversity

The German food sector's expectation of the EU Institutions from 2019 to 2024
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.

For companies that are also active in exports, the Euro is much more practicable and cheaper than using various currencies for example – and with more than 70 billion Euros in 2017, Germany has exported agricultural and food goods on a scale never seen before. The Single Market ensures strong trade agreements, which a single Member State with significantly less weight could hardly negotiate alone.

The Single Market stands for culinary food diversity


The Single Market is a marketplace for over 500 million consumers, a paradise for the culinary diversity of food. Some cannot do without their beloved German black bread on holidays, others want to get that Spanish Rioja holiday feeling at home – and Italian mozzarella has been put on pizzas for so long that it is impossible to imagine a German supermarket without it.

What would the situation be like without a Single Market?


How would things be without the Single Market? With customs duties, products would have much higher prices, which would be associated with lower product diversity on the one hand and with weaker innovation on the other hand. This is because the ability to innovate thrives on competition. Regardless of whether it is a well-established company or a young start-up – everyone benefits from each other and can inspire each other creatively.


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