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Consultation on EU Agri-Food Export Interests

Seminar organised by DG Agriculture and Rural Development, Brussels, 25 June 2007

Place

Borschette Centre,
Rue Froissart 36, 1040 Brussels, Belgium


Description

The "Consultation on EU Agri-Food Export Interests" conference was held on 25 June 2007 in Brussels, with the participation of 78 exporters, covering almost all food and agri sectors and from a wide range of Member States. This was put in the context of the Community's negotiations towards Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) with several countries all around the world.

The event was opened by Commissioner Fischer Boel. There were presentations by trade exporters, who presented their positions in respect of the different sectors/products and third markets. This exchange provided a good overview on the current situation and outlined challenges for the products of export interests. Some of these presentations are now on the DG AGRI web site.

Participants warmly welcomed this initiative of DG AGRI; they were very keen to express their priorities to the Commission; but they were also interested in listening to the representatives of other sectors. They asked AGRI to maintain a proactive policy in promoting Community export interests, including through tariff reduction, removal of tariff barriers (including SPS) and promotion activities.

 

Speeches and presentations:

"Going on the offensive: a new approach to EU agri-food exports" [pdf]
Mariann Fischer Boel, Member of the European Commission responsible for agriculture and rural development

On behalf of the European Dairy Association, a representative from Campina presented their concerns and wishes regarding exporting to India, Korea, and member Countries of the ASEAN [pdf]

On behalf of the Comité Vins, a representative from Moët Hennessy presented their concerns and wishes regarding exporting to India, Korea, and member Countries of the ASEAN [pdf fr]

On behalf of CEPS, a representative of Pernod Ricard presented their overall wish list and desired strategy from the Commission in the coming negotiations on Free Trade Agreements [pdf]

On behalf of CIAA, a presentation was held by the Irish Dairy Board on their concerns and wishes regarding exporting to Latin America, ACP Countries, and South Africa [pdf]

On behalf of Euromalt and Coceral, a representative from Euroflour held a presentation on their concerns and wishes regarding exporting to Latin America, ACP Countries, and South Africa [pdf]

Presentation by the President of Eucolait on their overall wish list and desired strategy from the Commission in the coming negotiations on Free Trade Agreements [pdf]

Presentation by the President of Freshfel Europe on their overall wish list and desired strategy from the Commission in the coming negotiations on Free Trade Agreements [pdf]

A presentation by a representative from the Commission on the status of the negotiations on Free Trade Agreements as far as agriculture is concerned. [pdf]

Slide showing the Commission's partners in the negotiations on Free Trade Agreements [pdf]

Presentation by a representative from Grupo Sos on their overall wish list and desired strategy from the Commission in the coming negotiations on Free Trade Agreements [pdf]

Presentation by a representative from the Commission on current and future trends in agricultural trade flows [pdf]

On behalf of CAOBISCO, a representative from Nestle presented the biscuit and confectionery industries' concerns and wishes regarding Free Trade Agreements. [pdf]

On behalf of UECBV, a representative from Meat Industry Ireland presented the European Livestock and Meat Trading Union's concerns and wishes regarding Free Trade Agreements. [pdf]

 

Contact person:

For questions concerning the subjects addressed during the seminar please contact:

M. J. Smits, +32 229 98875, jeroen.smits@ec.europa.eu

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