Ministers will exchange views on ways to further reduce food waste in the EU. In particular, they will take stock of the progress made in the implementation of the June 2016 Council conclusions on food losses and food waste.
The conclusions had called on the member states and the Commission to assess progress on a number of measures, periodically, starting in 2018. These measures include:
- improving monitoring and data collection in order to better understand the problem
- raising awareness among the population
- facilitating the donation of unsold food products to charities
- widening the list of foods exempt from “best before” labelling
Unfair trading practices in the food supply chain
The Council will take note of a presentation by the Commission of a draft directive on unfair trading practices in the food supply chain.
In its conclusion of 12 December 2016, the Council invited the Commission to undertake an impact assessment with a view to proposing legislation or other non-legislative measures to address unfair trading practices.
Fisheries management plan in the Western Waters
Ministers will debate a new multiannual plan for fisheries in the Western Waters. The objective of the plan is to ensure the sustainable exploitation of demersal stocks, including deep-sea stocks, in the Western Waters. It will cover vessels from at least seven coastal member states.