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European Commission Daily News 5th July

Farm to Fork Strategy: 65 companies and associations sign the EU Code of Conduct on Responsible Food Business and Marketing Practices

Today, the Commission, alongside industry stakeholders, officially launched the EU Code of Conduct on Responsible Food Business and Marketing Practices, another deliverable under the Commission’s Farm to Fork Strategy. This Code is an essential part of the EU’s efforts to increase the availability and affordability of healthy and sustainable food options that help reduce our overall environmental footprint.  Executive Vice-President Timmermans said: “We need to make our food system sustainable and we need to do it soon. We must reduce greenhouse gas emissions and halt biodiversity loss related to food production, and shape a food system that makes it easier to choose a healthy and sustainable diet. Addressing these environmental, health, and social challenges in our food system require cooperation across the entire food chain and I am encouraged by ambitions of the stakeholders who have already signed up to the EU Code of Conduct.”  The Code has been developed with EU associations and companies, with active involvement and input from other stakeholders, including international organisations, NGOs, trade unions and trade associations, and together with the European Commission services. Associations and companies in the food sector that sign the code commit to accelerate their contribution to a sustainable transition. With their pledges, they endorse the objectives set out in the Code and encourage similar companies to also participate. More information is available on a press release and a questions and answers.

Forest fires: EU mobilizes support for Cyprus

Over the weekend, Cyprus activated the EU Civil Protection Mechanism, asking for support to tackle forest fires in the Limassol district. In immediate response, the EU quickly mobilized rescEU firefighting planes which were quickly deployed to Cyprus. Janez Lenarčič , Commissioner for Crisis Management, said:  “The EU stands in full solidarity with Cyprus during these difficult times. I would like to thank Greece and Italy for their rapid reaction and their concrete solidarity. Our hearts go out to all affected and to the first responders who risk their lives fighting the fires. We are ready to provide further assistance. ” In addition, the EU’s emergency Copernicus satellite was activated to provide damage assessment maps of affected areas. The  European Union’s 24/7 Emergency Response Coordination Center is in constant contact with the Cypriot authorities in order to closely monitor developments and provide any assistance. additional if necessary. A full press release is available here .

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