Food Law News - EU - 2012
Council Press Release, 23 January 2012
FOOD SAFETY - Presidency work programme: Food and veterinary priorities for next 6 months
The following is an extract from minutes of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council meeting.
Presidency work programme
The Presidency gave a public presentation on its work programme in the agriculture and fisheries sectors (5196/12).
For the Danish Presidency, the EU should promote the transition to a green economy and enhance its focus on sustainability. An agricultural sector that embraces environmentally, nature and climate-friendly farming methods is part of the solution. Similarly, action is to be taken to bring about a sustainable reform of the EU fisheries policy.
As regards food and veterinary issues the Presidency intends to work on:
- Ensuring and improving the existing high food safety standards and adequate information to consumers by:
- Reaching agreement with the European Parliament on the proposal on food intended for infants and young children and on food for special medical purposes;
- Prioritizing organic production and confidence with organic products;
- Working on the Commission package on food quality for reaching and agreement with the European Parliament;
- Focussing on antimicrobial resistance and on the use of antimicrobials in both human and veterinary medicine (Presidency conference on 14-15/03/2012 - Copenhagen);
- Working on the modernisation of the official meat control systems towards a risk assessment based approach (Presidency conference on 2-3/02/2012 - Copenhagen);
- Making a priority of animal welfare and health by:
- working on the EU strategy for animal welfare (Presidency and Commission conference on 29/02-1/03/2012 - Brussels);
- seeking to reach consensus on Council conclusions on the protection of animals during transport.
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