22 May 2019
EUROPEAN COMMISSION DAILY NEWS 22ND MAY 2019Brussels Daily
The European Commission has today decided to appoint Mr Jean-Luc Demarty, the current Director-General of its trade department who would normally have retired from the Commission at the end of this month, as Hors Classe Adviser responsible for Multilateralism and WTO reform in the Secretariat-General as of 1 June. In that capacity, he will continue to advise and support President Jean-Claude Juncker and the Secretary-General regarding the implementation of the EU-U.S. Joint Statement agreed by the President and President Trump on 25 July 2018. Moreover, the Commission has decided to appoint Ms Clara de la Torre to the position of Deputy Director-General in its department for Climate Action, DG CLIMA, and Ms Sandra Kramer to the position of Director “EU-AU relations, West and East Africa” in its department for International Cooperation and Development, DG DEVCO. Ms Clara de la Torre, a Spanish national, joined the Commission from the private sector in 1987 and spent most of her career working in the area of research and innovation policy. She first became a Head of Unit in 1999 and has been holding Director posts since 2008. She is currently Director “Transport” in the Commission’s Directorate-General for Research and Innovation (DG RTD). Ms Kramer, a Dutch national, joined the Commission in 1995 and spent the first 10 years of her career working on external policies, including in the European Union Delegations in Indonesia and India. She first became Head of Unit in 2007. She is currently Director “Coordination and Administration” in the Cabinet of President Jean-Claude Juncker, responsible for the Commission’s policies in the area of budget and human resources, including EU’s next long-term budget. With today’s appointments, the Commission makes a further step towards its target of 40% female representation in the Commission’s management by November 2019. Women currently represent over 39% of all managers in the Commission.
Equality in food supply chain: The Commission proposes a greater transparency in price
After having prohibited unfair trading practices and having improved the cooperation between producers, today the European Commission presents its final proposal aimed at improving equality in the food supply chain by introducing more transparency in the manner in which prices are increased all along the chain. The Commission’s proposal aims to make available essential information on the manner in which the price of processors products are formed and develop all along the food supply chain. Phil Hogan, the Commissioner in charge of agriculture, declared: “Reinforcing the position in the food supply chain is a priority for the Commission. The reinforcement of market transparency provides an equality of access to information, by making our food supply chain more fair and balanced. I welcome these new rules which would complete the directive recently adopted banning unfair trading practices and giving more weight to the weakest actors and of the smallest size in the food supply chain. This proposal reflects the very important public support which exists across the EU to strengthen the role of the farmer in the food supply chain.” The differences between the producer price and the consumer price can provide information on intermediary costs (such as transport, insurance, stocking) between the seller and the buyer. Better transparency can contribute in improving company’s decisions and the confidence in everyone being treated equally at all stages of the food supply chain. Moreover, it is especially crucial to have easy to access important information and at the same time useful information on market developments in order to face competition in the world markets in an efficient manner. In accordance with the procedures of the Commission for an optimal regulation, the proposal will be published for a period of public consultation for 4 weeks. It will then be adopted by the European Commission and should come in to force six months after its adoption. A press release is available online.
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