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Food & Drink in the EU

Latest news on food policies in the European Union.

Green light for purer European water 16 December 2020, 18:25 CET
A new drinking water directive, approved Tuesday by the European Parliament, will give better access to higher quality tap water, and could lower consumption of bottled water.

MEPs give approval for drinking water upgrade 02 December 2020, 21:42 CET
New rules on drinking water, approved Tuesday by an EU Parliament committee, will improve the quality of tap water, cut plastic litter, and ensure that all surface and ground waters are in good condition by 2027.

GI view - Search for Geographical Indications across the European Union and beyond 26 November 2020, 17:28 CET
GIview is a modern user interface portal on geographical indications (GIs). It offers the public in general, as well as specific interested parties (e.g. producers, trade mark and other IP rights holders, enforcement authorities, public administration examiners), comprehensive information on all GIs protected within the EU (including non-EU countries’ GIs protected at EU level through bilateral and multilateral agreements), as well as on EU GIs protected in non-EU countries.

'Farm to fork' strategy commits EU to sustainable agri-food sector 20 October 2020, 00:22 CET
The EU Council adopted Monday a set of conclusions on a 'farm to fork' strategy, endorsing the goal of developing a European sustainable food system, from production to consumption.

EU signs geographical indications deal with China 14 September 2020, 23:52 CET
The EU and China signed a bilateral agreement Monday to protect 100 European Geographical Indications in China and 100 Chinese GIs in the European Union against usurpation and imitation.

EU agrees new rules on excise duties for alcohol 04 August 2020, 17:03 CET
The EU Council agreed new rules governing excise duties on alcohol Thursday, paving the way for an improved business environment and for reduced costs for small alcohol-producing businesses.

EU unveils green makeover for food and farming 27 May 2020, 23:55 CET
The European Commission took steps towards sustainable biodiversity, food and farming policies Wednesday, as it published its long-awaited 'farm to fork' policy roadmaps for the next 10 years.

More support for Europe's agricultural and food sectors 06 May 2020, 00:24 CET
The European Commission published Monday its latest package of exceptional measures to support the agricultural and food sectors which are being most affected by the coronavirus crisis.

Further support measures for agricultural and food sectors 05 May 2020, 00:25 CET
The European Commission published on 4 May its latest package of exceptional measures to support the agricultural and food sectors most affected by the coronavirus crisis.

Green light for cleaner EU tap water 07 February 2020, 00:49 CET
EU Member States' ambassadors cleared the way Wednesday for final adoption of a proposal to revise the drinking water directive, ensuring that tap water across the European Union is safe to drink.

EUR 200m to promote European food products 20 November 2019, 18:56 CET
The EU is to allocate over EUR 200 million in order to fund promotional activities for EU agri-food products, such as cheeses and wines, at home and abroad, the European Commission announced on Tuesday.

Wine market observatory 06 November 2019, 21:14 CET
The EU's wine market observatory brings short-term analysis and greater transparency to an important sector for EU agriculture. The EU is the biggest wine producer in the world, representing 65% of global production and 70% of exports. The observatory covers all types of wine - red, white, rosé - as well as wines protected under the geographical indication schemes: protected designation of origin (PDO) and protected geographical indication (PGI).

EU-China agree deal on Geographical Indications 09 November 2019, 23:35 CET
The EU and China signed a landmark agreement to recognise each other's protected regional products Wednesday, protecting 100 European GIs in China and 100 Chinese GIs in the EU from imitation.

Brussels sets out quotas for Atlantic, North Sea fishing 29 October 2019, 18:33 CET
Ahead of a 16-17 December Fisheries Council meeting, the European Commission on Thursday adopted its proposal for fishing opportunities in 2020 for 72 stocks in the Atlantic and the North Sea.

EU fines Coroos, Groupe CECAB EUR 31m for canned veg cartel 30 September 2019, 22:51 CET
The EU Commission has fined Coroos and Groupe CECAB a total of EUR 31,647,000 for breaching EU antitrust rules. Bonduelle was not fined as it revealed the existence of the cartel to the Commission.

EU food agency consults on cumulative risk of pesticides 17 September 2019, 18:44 CET
The European Food Safety Authority, the EU's food agency, opened a public consultation Tuesday on its pilot assessments of the risks posed to humans by residues of multiple pesticides in food.

Cumulative risk of pesticides - EU food agency consultation - Q&A 17 September 2019, 18:34 CET
EFSA is carrying out a public consultation on its pilot assessments of the risks posed to humans by residues of multiple pesticides in food.

Dual Food Quality 25 June 2019, 16:41 CET
The European Commission published on 24 June the results of a pan-European testing campaign of food products showing that some products are identically or similarly branded while having a different composition.

EU promises 'maximum transparency' in scientific food safety studies 17 June 2019, 22:58 CET
EU ministers gave the green light Thursday to ending secrecy around scientific studies on food safety, with requirements for transparency in scientific information to support risk assessment in the food chain.

Brussels aims for price transparency in food chain 24 May 2019, 13:46 CET
After bans on unfair trading practices and better producer cooperation, the EU Commission made proposals Wednesday for greater transparency in the way prices are reported throughout the food chain.

InBev fined EUR 200m for breaching EU antitrust rules 15 May 2019, 18:23 CET
The EU Commission fined Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world's biggest beer brewer, some EUR 200 million Monday for breaching EU antitrust rules through its actions in hampering cross-border sales of beer.

Supervision of organic imports needs to be improved: EU auditors 14 March 2019, 15:29 CET
While the control system for organic products in the EU has improved in recent years, action is needed on the supervision of imports as well as on product traceability, says a European Court of Auditors report.

European water quality set for EU upgrade 07 March 2019, 23:35 CET
The EU Council adopted its position Tuesday on a proposal to revise the drinking water directive, a result of the first-ever successful European citizens' initiative, launched to ensure that water remains a public service and a public good.

Food agency must reveal glyphosate studies: EU Court 07 March 2019, 15:49 CET
The EU's top Court annulled Thursday decisions by the EU food agency EFSA to refuse access to studies on the toxicity and carcinogenicity of the pesticide glyphosate, which the World Health Organisation has linked to cancer.

EU moves to allay public concern over food safety studies 12 February 2019, 19:13 CET
The EU Parliament and the Council reached provisional agreement Monday night on draft rules to ensure the EU risk assessment procedure for food safety is more transparent and independent.