EU agricultural export to China and GIs protection

In this short and sweet Q&A the EU Commission announces that the budget for promotion measures aimed at the Chinese market will be more than doubled by 2019. Moreover, something seems to be in the pipeline for a GIs protection bilateral agreement.

Question for written answer to the Commission – Matt Carthy (GUE/NGL) – 26th June 2015

What actions has the Commission taken to increase the penetration of European dairy, pigmeat, lamb and other agricultural exports on the Chinese market in a fair and sustainable manner?

Answer given by Mr Hogan on behalf of the Commission – 31st August 2015

Different actions and measures are put in place to stimulate trade in agricultural products. The Commission services are paying particular attention to trade in agricultural products from the EU to China. DG SANTE and DG AGRI officials are in permanent contact with the Chinese authorities to clarify the current standards and different requirements and to decide on next steps necessary to ensure a fair and sustainable trade between the two sides.

The Commission is also supporting the diversification of export markets for EU agricultural exports via a significantly increased budget for promotion measures — from EUR 60 million to EUR 200 million a year by 2019.

In addition, the EU is currently negotiating with China a bilateral agreement on the protection of geographical indications (GIs), aiming at a protection in China of a list of EU GIs. One hundred names for agricultural products, including dairy and meat products are currently on that list. A positive conclusion of these negotiations would further support the EU’s efforts to maximise trade in agricultural products between the EU and China.

(Source: European Parliament)

Summer Academy in Global Food Law and Policy 2015 – Bilbao

The Summer Academy in Global Food Law & Policy, directed by the excellent friend and Professor Alberto Alemanno, is an established one-week summer programme that brings together practitioners, policymakers, industry representatives and leading academics working in the field of food law and policy. It offers intensive training on the most innovative developments in global food regulation and provides a unique opportunity for professional development and networking in an informal and inter-disciplinary setting. By talking, studying and interacting with food experts from all over the world, participants are able to gain new perspectives into both their own sectors and international regulatory issues. This is achieved by combining traditional classroom instruction with experiential learning opportunities offered by dedicated and distinguished international experts.

The Academy will take place from Monday, 20 July, to Friday, 24 July, 2015 in Bilbao, Spain. The choice of this vibrant city will enable participants to benefit from the world renowned Basque cuisine, its privileged geographical location between the Atlantic sea and the Rioja region, as well as its distinctive architectural landscapes (with the Guggenheim Museum, Norman Foster’s Undergroud, the towers by Arata Isozaki and César Pelli and the Calatrava’s airport).

The key note speaker of the next edition of the academy is the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, Ms. Hilal Elver.

The provisional program is the following:

  • Key Note address: “Appetite for Change: Tackling Undernourishment, Micronutrient Deficiency and Obesity” – Hilal Elver – UN Special Rapporteur for the Right to Food
  • The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership and Food Trade – Alberto Alemanno – Jean Monnet Professor of EU Law, HEC Paris and Global Clinical Professor, NYU School of Law
  • Tensions between Food Security and Ecologic Urgency – Richard A. Falk – Albert G. Milbank Professor of International Law and Practice, Emeritus at Princeton University
  • The Obesity Challenge: What Role for the Law in the Prevention of Non-Communicable Diseases? – Amandine Garde – Professor of Law at the University of Liverpool
  • The Perils of Comparative Food Law: Convergence, Divergence, and Complexity in US and EU Food Law – Neal Fortin – Director of Institute for Food Laws and Regulations, Michigan State University College of Law
  • Food Fraud: Guilty or Innocent? – Gilles Boin – Partner at Product Law Firm
  • Bridging the Gap between Behavioural and Experimental Policymaking and Obesity: Unleashing the Power of Peers for Healthy Nutrition – Pelle Guldborg Hansen – Founder of iNudgeyou and Professor Director of ISSP at Roskilde University
  • The Protection of Food-Related Geographical Indications in the Global Village: The TRIPS regime and the Battle between the Old World and the New World – Enrico Bonadio – Senior Lecturer in Law, City University London
  • Food safety expert panel: A comparison between the United States, the European Union, Japan, and China – European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) presentation

And many more sessions and speakers to be announced.

As former participant to this event I  warmly suggest you to attend!

To download the 2015 preview program, please click here