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The European Commission must fulfil its role as “Guardian of the Treaties”

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

Example: mandatory origin labelling


A large number of Member States have adopted regulations in recent years for a mandatory labelling of origin for different food such as milk, meat or wheat, which are manifestly incompatible with EU law. The Commission “failed” to object to this. Member States may only take measures regarding the mandatory indication of the place of origin of foodstuffs if there is a proven link between certain qualities of the food and its origin or provenance, which has not been proven in one single case. Rather, the regulations on mandatory origin labelling were and are above all protectionist-motivated. Therefore, it would have been the task of the Commission to prevent the entry into force of all these provisions.


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