Council Minutes, 16 July 2007
Extract from the minutes of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council Meeting, 16 July 2007
The Council adopted, in second reading and following an agreement with the European Parliament, a Directive laying down rules on nominal quantities for pre-packed products. (PE-CONS 3621/07)
This Directive is aimed at replacing existing legislation (Directives 75/106/EEC and 80/232/EEC) in order to abolish nominal quantities of package sizes for most sectors and to maintain obligatory nominal quantities for a very limited number of goods, mainly wine and spirits.
The Directive, as amended by the Council and the European Parliament, would allow for a phaseout of national nominal quantities for milk, butter, dried pasta and coffee for a period of maximum five years and for sugar it would be of a maximum of six years. These derogations would not impose any obligation on other Member States to regulate nominal quantities.
See also EU Food Law News item: 10 May 2007 WEIGHTS - More choice of package sizes for shoppers