10th EFFL Conference – “COOL and Company – The Beginning of the End of the Common Market?”

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?

together with:

  • 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
    Europe, Brussels
  • 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 foodlawlatest@gmail.com and we will discuss further in front of a cup of coffee!

Wageningen Summer School in Food Law – 9-12 June 2015

On 9-12 June 2015, there will be the 2015 edition of the Wageningen Summer School in Food Law.

The course leaders will be Prof. B.M.J. (Bernd) van der Meulen (European Food Law at Wageningen University) and Prof. Martin Holle (Food law and administrative Law at Hamburg University of Applied Science) and this fact is a guarantee about the quality of the school. I know them as two of the brightest experts in food law and I am sure that their sharp view on the subject and on the food industry could give you a lot of useful hints.

The course is designed for those dealing with food regulatory affairs, including food quality, safety, product development and marketing in public authorities, food businesses, consultancy, legal counselling and academia. The course will strengthen particpants’ background, develop their knowledge in legal and technical issues and enable them to combine both in practice.

During the 4 days a mix of presentations, confrontation with experts in the field and practical work will enlarge your actual knowledge and skills and enable immediate application in your business.

The following subjects will be covered:

• European Food Law in general

• Product- and process requirements

• Communication – via labelling and about risks

• Food law enforcement

You can find more info on the website and here you can download the flyer.