06 Feb 2015
EUROPEAN COMMISSION DAILY NEWS – 06 FEBRUARYBrussels Daily
Ten years of traceability online in Europe to have safer food
TRACES – the Commission’s free online system that enhances the safety of the food chain and facilitates trade – celebrates its 10th birthday. TRACES helps ensure that animals, food, feed and plants are traded safely and thereby help ensure that the food served on 500 million European plates is safe. Border control authorities in 28 EU countries must check health certificates and trade documents of all consignments at EU borders so that they can safely enter the food chain. Thousands of documents are managed electronically through TRACES which helps to track, like a footprint, the flow of livestock and produce imported from outside the EU and traded within the single market. With over 70 countries worldwide connected and more than 29,000 registered users, TRACES centralises data to simplify and accelerate trading processes in livestock, produce and plants. 44,000 consignments of animals and 400,000 consignments of produce of animal origin have been imported into the EU in 2014. National authorities and businesses benefit from the system as it reduces the economic burden by speeding up administrative procedures. The system can signal health threats, as well as help combat fraud by allowing the quick detection of fake certificates. It also facilitates trade which in turn contributes to economic growth. Further information and a video on TRACES are available online.
EUROSTAT: International Trade in Services – EU surplus up to almost €180 bn in 2013 EU international trade in services increased in 2013, with EU exports of services to the rest of the world rising by 5%, from €676 billion in 2012 to €710 bn in 2013, and EUimports by 3%, from €515 bn to €532 bn. As a result, the EU surplus in trade in services increased in 2013 to €178 bn, compared with +€161 bn in 2012. Read full press release.
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