Invasive alien species are animals and plants that are introduced accidentally or deliberately into a natural environment where they are not normally found, with serious negative consequences for their new environment. The EU maintains a list of ‘invasive alien species of Union concern’, for which the EU countries must take coordinated action to manage/prevent their introduction/spread.
EU Regulation 649/2012 implements rules on international trade in hazardous chemicals. It aims to prevent unwanted imports and ensure that information on hazards, risks and safe handling is always provided when hazardous chemicals are exported. This initiative updates 2 lists of chemicals in the Regulation: those subject to export restrictions (Annex I) – adding some pesticides that are banned in the EU and those that cannot be exported (Annex V) – adding some pollutants and mercury products.
This initiative will complement the revision of EU rules on food information to consumers, following up on Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan. It will include rules on labelling alcoholic beverages, stipulating a mandatory list of ingredients and a nutrition declaration. Last day 22nd of July.
This initiative establishes certain rules for the import of organic products into the EU, notably: rules to be followed by certain EU operators for the import into the EU of organic products and EU countries’ obligations to notify cases of non-compliance found during official controls on consignments at the entry into the EU of products destined for the EU market.
The EU’s agricultural promotion policy helps its farmers and food industry sell their products in an increasingly competitive global marketplace. The Commission is undertaking a review of the policy, with a view to enhancing its contribution to sustainable production and consumption, and in line with the shift to a more plant-based diet, with less red and processed meat and more fruit and vegetables. Last day 23th of June.
This initiative, which is linked to the new Spirit Drinks Regulation, updates technical specifications for spirit drinks in order to provide consumers with more accurate information. It updates EU labelling rules where there are allusions (direct or indirect references) to the names of spirit drinks on the labels of alcoholic beverages other than spirit drinks and liqueurs. This is so consumers will have correct information about the actual name of the resulting beverage.
The economic impact of wine fraud is estimated at €1.3 billion a year (3.3% of sales). This initiative aims to improve the legal framework for the database, which is a vital tool for e.g. detecting the addition of water or sugar or verifying the geographic origin of wine.
The rules on food additives need to be amended in light of the EU Transparency Regulation on risk assessment in the food chain. The Transparency Regulation includes new rules on: advice given to applicants, commissioned studies, public consultations on scientific studies, public disclosure of applications and supporting scientific studies/data, confidentiality and standard data formats.
Clarification of labelling provisions for certain mixtures and blends of spirit drinks in particular when belonging to different geographical indications (GIs) or blends of GIs with non-GIs spirit drinks.
The EU’s agricultural promotion policy helps its farmers and food industry sell their products in an increasingly competitive global marketplace. The Commission is undertaking a review of the policy, with a view to enhancing its contribution to sustainable production and consumption, and in line with the shift to a more plant-based diet, with less red and processed meat and more fruit and vegetables.