Forum for a Better Functioning Food Supply Chain
The European Commission set up a High Level Forum for a Better Functioning Food Supply Chain to implement a roadmap of initiatives to improve the competitiveness of the agro-food industry in cooperation with the stakeholders. Vice-President Tajani is leading this exercise together with his fellow Commissioners in charge of Internal Market and Services, Health and Consumer Protection and Agriculture and Rural development.
Acting as a tool for competitiveness activities, the Forum's mandate is to follow :
- the recommendations of the High Level Group on the Competitiveness of the Agro-Food Industry
- the implementation of the initiatives proposed by the Commission in its Communication "A better functioning food supply chain in Europe" (COM (2009) 591)
More specifically, in 2013 and 2014, the Forum is expected to:
- Advise the Commission on follow-up to the pilot project on a fitness check for the food chain;
- Examine the implementation of the Europe 2020 Strategy Flagship Initiatives to support smart, sustainable and inclusive growth in the food supply chain and advise the Commission on this. In particular the Forum could: advise the Commission on implementing the industrial policy communication in the food sector, in conjunction with other flagship initiatives; and develop a common vision of a more sustainable, innovative, inclusive and resource-efficient food supply chain;
- Follow progress on the voluntary framework for the implementation of the Principles of Good Practice , help assess its effectiveness and put forward recommendations in this domain;
- Help improve the European Food Prices Monitoring Tool and promote synergies between the tool, national price observatories and other initiatives on food price transmission;
- Identify new challenges and issues that have emerged since the conclusions of the High Level Group on the Competitiveness of the Agro-Food Industry (e.g. ecommerce, environment food information and challenges for consumers to make more sustainable choices, transport, health, nutrition, food taxation, economic crisis, fiscal measures, access to finance), and advise the Commission on how to tackle them.
- 15/10/2014 Final Meeting : Report & Press release
- 05/12/2012 Third Meeting : Report [2 MB] - Press release
- 29/11/2011 Second Meeting : Mid-term report [30 KB]
Mid-term report [23 KB]
Expert Platform on the competitiveness of the agro-food industry
Mid-term report [23 KB]
Expert Platform on the European Food Prices Monitoring Tool
Mid-term report [78 KB]
- 16/11/2010 Minutes of the launch meeting [58 KB]
The Forum is composed of representatives of interested Member States, and a selection of European companies dealing with food production, processing or distribution, professional associations and non-governmental organisations representing the citizens' expectations. Representatives of the private sector were selected on the basis of a public call for applications . The list of selected members is available in the Commission's register of expert groups.
For meeting dates and relevant documents (agendas, agreed minutes…), we invite you to consult the CIRCAbc dedicated pages.