15 Oct 2014
FOOD CHAIN SUPPLYBrussels Daily
EU cooperation has improved the food supply chain, but still much needs to be done
The food supply chain plays a crucial role in the daily life and well-being of every one of us. Apart from ensuring that we all have food to consume on a daily basis, it also provides employment for 46 million people in more than 15 million enterprises engaged in agriculture, food industry, food trade and services. This afternoon’s final meeting of the EU’s High Level Forum for a Better Functioning Food Supply Chain will reveal a lot of progress in improving the operation of the food supply chain; in particular the group has contributed to more equitable business-to business trading relationships. But work still needs to be continued on sustainability, social dialogue and the monitoring of food prices.
In a joint statement before the meeting, the chair, European Commissioner Ferdinando Nelli Feroci (Industry and Entrepreneurship), and his colleagues Vice-President Michel Barnier (Internal market) and Commissioners Tonio Borg (Health) and Dacian Cioloş (Agriculture and Rural Development) said: “Over the past four years, the High Level Forum for a Better Functioning Food Supply Chain has become the reference point for structured and constructive dialogue among European private and public stakeholders. It has delivered concrete output and enabled the achievement of joint positions – even on controversial issues. The Forum also acted as an incubator for new policy initiatives”.