01 Apr 2015
EUROPEAN COMMISSION DAILY NEWS – 01 APRILBrussels Daily
New rules on labelling the origin of fresh meat apply
New rules on the labelling of fresh, chilled or frozen meat (from sheep, goats, pigs and poultry) will apply from 1 April 2015. The rules require the label to indicate the country which the animal was “reared in” and “slaughtered in”. If animals were born, raised and slaughtered in the same country, then the label can simply state the “origin” country. Agreed by Member States in December 2013, the new rules were required under the Food Information for Consumers Regulation of 2011. They reflect the consumer interest above all in the place where animals are farmed while avoiding a major additional burden and costs for the supply chain.
Energy Union Dialogue: Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič visits Prague on 1 and 2 April
Vice-President for the Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič will be travelling to Prague today. During his visit he will meet with Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka, Foreign Minister Lubomír Zaorálek and Minister of Industry and Commerce Jan Mládek. He will deliver a keynote at the European Energy Forum with energy stakeholders, representatives of the civil society and non-governmental organisations in the energy sector. The visit to Prague will be the first of a series of “Dialogues” on theEnergy Union that the Vice-President will hold in Member States. Ahead of the visit, Vice-President Sefčovič said: “The Energy Union integrates various EU policies including energy, transport, industry, research and innovation, regional policy and other policies. The Commission will cooperate with stakeholders on the implementation of the 15 actions to achieve more sustainable, secure, competitive and affordable energy for both – Czech citizens and companies”. On 25 February, the Commission outlined its “Framework Strategy for a Resilient Energy Union with a Forward-Looking Climate Change Policy” delivering on this top priority set out in President Juncker’s political guidelines. The Strategy underlines that the governance process of the Energy Union should involve an energy dialogue with stakeholders to inform policy-making and support active engagement in managing the energy transition. More information is available on the Commission’s website on the Energy Union.
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