Stakeholder consultation by the Rapporteur Mr René SOUCHON (FR/PES - NAT)

25/01/2011   Committee of the Regions, rue Belliard 99-101, B-1040 Brussels, room TBC

The Committee of the Regions is drafting an opinion on the Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on "agricultural product quality schemes" COM(2010) 733 final, which presents three complementary schemes (designations of origin and geographical indications; traditional specialities guaranteed; optional quality terms) in a single regulatory structure, overseen by a single quality policy committee.

For consumers and buyers to be properly informed about the characteristics and farming attributes of agricultural products, they need to receive accurate and trustworthy labelling information. Providing producers with the right tools to communicate product characteristics and farming attributes to buyers and consumers, and to protect them against unfair trading practices, is at the heart of European Union agricultural product quality policy.

The Quality Package aims to improve the Union legislation in the field of quality, as well as in the operation of national and private certification schemes, in order to make them simpler, more transparent and easier to understand, adaptable to innovation, and less burdensome for producers and administrations.

Already, the CoR rapporteur deeply regrets that the legislative proposals of the European Commission on the policy of agricultural products' quality are set back with regard to the initial proposal, on two essential questions for the Committee of the Regions in relation to the valuation of the local products: the labelling of the products coming from mountainous areas and the direct selling by the small producers on the local markets.

The rapporteur on the opinion, Mr René SOUCHON (FR/PES), Member of the NAT Commission of the CoR, and his expert, Mr Alain Berger are coming to Brussels and would be happy to meet with representatives of the associations of local and regional authorities and other stakeholders for a further consultation and exchange of views on his opinion.

The Rapporteur would be very glad to receive your comments. 

After registration, participants will be provided with a more detailed list of the issues at stake for the Rapporteur that will be discussed during the consultation.

With simultaneous interpretation being provided, the consultation will be held in French and English. Please note that the mother tongue of the Rapporteur is French.

The consultation will take place at the premises of the Committee of the Regions, rue Belliard 99-101, 1040 Brussels, room JDE 63 at 10h00 – 12h00.

 For more information, please contact our team:


Contact Person: Ms Helene Moraut
Organizer: NAT Commission
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