Industry and Entrepreneurship
High Level Forum for a better functioning of the food supply chain
05.12.2012: The High Level Forum for a Better Functioning
Food Supply Chain adopted its final report [2 MB] .
It indicates that 80% of the initiatives proposed in 2009 to improve competitiveness in the sector have been implemented or are very well on track. The Forum also proposed additional activities to be carried out, namely on: the pilot project on a fitness check for the food sector; unfair business-to-business trading practices; the implementation of Europe 2020 flagship initiatives in the food sector; price monitoring; and the identification of new challenges.
19.12.2012: The Commission decided to prolong the Forum's mandate by two years, until the end 2014, to work on these topics.
Trade arrangements for processed agricultural products
Improvement of trade concessions for Processed Agricultural Products was achieved in the course of three agreements:
01.10.2012: Entering into force of the deepening of the free trade agreement with Morocco in the framework of the Association Agreement, COM(2010)485 JO L 70 du 18.3.2000, p. 2.
29.11.2012: Adoption of the Agreement in the form of an Exchange of Letters between the European Union, of the one part, and the State of Israel, of the other part, amending the Annexes to Protocols 1 and 2 of the Euro-Mediterranean Agreement establishing an association between the European Communities and their Member States, of the one part, and the State of Israel, of the other. It is expected to enter into force in the beginning of 2013. This amending Agreement clarifies the trade concessions for certain processed and basic agricultural products.
07.12.2012: Signature of the Agreement in the form of an Exchange of Letters between the European Union and the United States of America pursuant to Article XXIV:6 and Article XXVIII of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) 1994 relating to the modification of concessions in the schedules of the Republic of Bulgaria and Romania in the course of their accession to the European Union.
16.09.2012: Final negotiations on free trade area (FTA) between the European Union and Singapore were completed.