Where: Berlaymont press room, rue de la loi, Brussels
Topic: Environment, consumers and health
Organiser: European Commission
On Monday 6th May, the Commission will table a proposal concerning a legislative package of reforms modernising the legal framework governing official controls and animal and plant health and plant reproductive material for a safer food chain.
On one hand, the proposal provides a single, more coherent and transparent legal framework protecting against communicable animal health risks - including disease prevention, disease control and eradication. Intra-EU movement of animals, their import into the EU, as well as that of animal products are also covered.
On the other hand, the proposal updates the regulatory framework governing plant health in order to strengthen the protection of the Union's crops, and natural environment against new pests originating outside Europe. The package will also provide more simplified and flexible rules for the cultivation of both traditional and niche market seeds and new improved varieties which aim to ensure food production, protect the biodiversity of Europe's crop production and to facilitate their trading.
EU food law covers all aspects of the food chain from animal feed and food production to processing, storage, transport, import and export, as well as retail sales, food information and animal and plant health. This integrated approach means that all food produced and sold in the EU can be traced from "farm to fork". EU food policy safeguards food safety and food quality by preventing food contamination and promoting food hygiene, food information, plant health, quality of plant reproductive material and animal health and welfare.
- Statement by Commissioner Tonio Borg at the beginning of the Midday Briefing
- Technical Briefing off the record, at 11h30