Lead European Parliament committee backs legislation for fairer EU food chain
2 October 2018
Last night, the European Parliament’s Agriculture Committee voted to protect food producers inside and outside the EU in key legislation to ban unfair trading practices in the EU’s food supply chain.
Tom Wills, Policy Advisor at Traidcraft Exchange, said:
“Unfair trading practices in food supply chains mean low incomes and poor conditions for the farmers and workers who produce our food, especially in developing countries. We welcome the European Parliament’s commitment to protecting food producers wherever they are. The UK government should bring in parallel legislation once we leave the EU, to demonstrate its commitment to fairer food supply chains free of human suffering.”
For more information or to interview Tom Wills contact Tom Sharman: firstname.lastname@example.org or 0191 497 3983 or 07757 753 318
Notes for editors:
Traidcraft Exchange is an international development charity which uses the power of trade to bring about lasting solutions to poverty. It runs development programmes in South Asia and Africa, works directly with businesses to improve their supply chains, and does advocacy and campaigning in the UK to promote justice and fairness in international trade. It works closely with specialist fair trade company Traidcraft plc. Traidcraft Exchange is a registered charity, no. 1048752: https://www.traidcraft.org.uk/
There will be an announcement of the outcome of the AGRI vote in the October II plenary of the EP (week of 22 October). The EP’s plenary will not vote on the AGRI opinion unless a political group or at least 76 MEPs request a vote.
The Council is expected to agree its position at a meeting of ministers of agriculture on 15-16 October.
The trialogues with the Council and the Commission to agree on the final text of the Directive are expected to start on 24 October.
For further background, read this blog on the EU proposal to ban unfair practices: https://www.euractiv.com/section/agriculture-food/opinion/human-suffering-should-never-be-an-ingredient-in-the-food-we-eat/
Joint NGO background briefing on the issue: https://oxfam.app.box.com/s/g9ismoayh1drccbmm1gtqg5fujf7w7pa
European Parliament press release: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/press-room/20181001IPR14722/fairer-food-supply-chain-agriculture-meps-clamp-down-on-unfair-trading