Brussels Daily
05 Sep 2018


Brussels Daily


Eurostat: Volume of retail trade down by 0.2% in euro area

In July 2018 compared with June 2018, the seasonally adjusted volume of retail trade decreased by 0.2% in the euro area (EA19) and remained unchanged in the EU28, according to estimates from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. In June, the retail trade volume increased by 0.3% in the euro area and did not change in the EU28. In July 2018 compared with July 2017, the calendar adjusted retail sales index increased by 1.1% in the euro area and by 2.0% in the EU28. A Eurostat press release is available here.

College meeting: European Commission appoints new Director-General to its health and food safety department

Today, the European Commission decided to appoint Ms Anne Bucher to the position of Director-General in its Health and Food Safety department (DG SANTE) as of 1 October. Ms Bucher, a French national, has worked for the European Commission for 35 years. She has spent most of her career on management jobs in several Commission departments. Ms Bucher is currently the chair of the Commission’s Regulatory Scrutiny Board. She will succeed Mr Xavier Prats Monné who will retire at the end of September. More information is available in the press release here. Also today, the Commission has decided to propose to the Administrative Board of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) to extend the term of office of its current Executive Director, Mr Bernhard Url, for a period of five years as of 1 June 2019. Mr Url has been managing EFSA since 2013, following a career with the Austrian food safety authorities. More information about Mr Url’s professional background is available here.

European Citizens’ Initiative: Commission registers ‘End the Cage Age’ initiative

The College of Commissioners has today decided to register a European Citizens’ Initiative entitled ‘End the Cage Age’. The stated objectives of the proposed Citizens’ Initiative are to end “inhumane treatment of farm animals” kept in cages. The organisers are asking the Commission to propose legislation to prohibit the use of: cages for laying hens, rabbits, pullets, broiler breeders, layer breeders, quail, ducks and geese; farrowing crates for sows; sow stalls and individual calf pens ̶ where not already prohibited. The Commission’s decision to register the Initiative concerns only the legal admissibility of the proposal. The Commission has not analysed the substance at this stage. The registration of this Initiative will take place on 11 September 2018. Should the initiative receive one million statements of support within one year, from at least seven different Member States, the Commission will have to react within three months. A full press release on this initiative is available here.

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