I am on the move to Berlin this morning, to attend the really interesting on Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) event above mentioned. Thank you to Lexxion for inviting me.
Since the EU Commission, in 2015, decided to not impose mandatory indication of origin beside the ones today in place by horizontal legislation (e.g. Reg. (EU) 1169/2011) and by sectoral legislation (e.g. meat, honey, fish…) many Member States today are proposing national legislation’s act imposing some sort of obligation in terms of COOL: this is particularly true for the milk sector, which is sparkling much debate after France and Italian initiatives.
Which legal justifications stand behind those national drafts? Are they legitimate? If not, which legal instruments we have to fight back the fragmentation of the single market? Is the single market at risk?
Those are the questions we will try to answer and you can expect my take on the event on these pages in the near future.
On the second day of the conference, 9th December 2016, I will have a speech titled:
Drafts on National COOL Regulations
Ireland, Italy (mandatory on milk and dairy products), Portugal (mandatory on milk and dairy products), Poland (voluntary claim “Produkt polski”) Lithuania, Finland, Greece, Romania
and I will participate in a discussion panel on:
Mandatory COOL– Legitimate Consumer Information or a Step towards Protectionism?
- Hillary ROSS, Litigation, Regulatory – DWF LLP
- Andreas MEISTERERNST, Meisterernst Rechtsanwälte, Munich
- Peter LOOSEN, German Federation for Food Law and Food Science e.V., Brussels
Many other excellent speakers will be there, so this could be a wonderful place to discuss such a complex topic in a 2 days immersive event.
- Martin HOLLE, Professor of Food Law and Administrative Law, Hamburg University
of Applied Sciences, Hamburg
- Dirk JACOBS, Director of Consumer Information, Diet and Health, Food Drink
- Paolo PATRUNO, Deputy Secretary General, Liaison Centre for the Meat Processing
Industry in the European Union (CLITRAVI)
- Sarah ARAYESS, Hoogenrad & Haak Advocaten, Amsterdam
Here you can see the full program.
The EFFL Conference is an established annual event organized under the auspices of the European Food and Feed Law Review. It is tailored to the needs and interests of those who are daily exposed to European food law & policy and leadership in the food law practice, and I will be very glad to participate.
If you will be there too, drop a note on firstname.lastname@example.org and we will discuss further in front of a cup of coffee!