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14th NAT commission meeting  

The 14th NAT commission meeting will take place on Wednesday 5 October 2022 at the European Committee of the Regions, Rue Belliard 99-101, Brussels room JDE 52.

The meeting will be webstreamed.

All meeting documents are available through the CoR Members' Portal.

Highlights of the meeting on 5 October 2022.

The following opinions will be discussed and adopted:

  • Review of geographical indications

Geographical indications (GIs) were designed to protect the names of specific products in order to promote their unique characteristics, linked to their geographical origin and to traditional know-how rooted in the region. GIs, which also form part of the cultural and gastronomic heritage of the European Union, can be seen as a real success story in the EU, accounting for sales worth EUR 74.76 billion and for 15.5% of all EU agri-food exports. Quality production chains have a major impact on economic and social activity in the regions where they are embedded. The establishment of these production chains makes it possible to develop investment, research and innovation and to ensure that producers receive a fair share of the value. Moreover, at a time when the prices of agricultural raw materials are facing a crisis, quality production chains have a stabilising effect on regions.

  • Safeguarding food security and reinforcing the resilience of food system
    Rapporteur: Piotr CALBECKI (PL/EPP)

On 23 March 2022 the European Commission published a communication on Safeguarding food security and reinforcing the resilience of food systems, providing an overview of short-term and medium-term actions aimed at enhancing food security and supporting farmers and consumers in the European Union in light of rising food prices and input costs provoked by the Ukraine crisis. The CoR will be looking into repercussions at local and regional level while identifying enablers and barriers at local and regional level to respond to the crisis on the agri-food markets.

Opinions – Exchange of views

  • Regional adaptation strategies for low carbon agriculture
    Rapporteur: Loïg CHESNAIS-GIRARD (FR/PES)

On 15 December 2021, the Commission published a communication on carbon cycles, the first step towards implementing an EU framework for the certification of carbon removals. Short-term measures set out in this communication include developing carbon farming, defined as "a business model incentivising practices on natural ecosystems that increase carbon sequestration", such as restoring peatlands, developing agroforestry, maintaining and improving soil organic carbon in mineral soils, the carbon footprint of livestock farms and managing the soil organic carbon in grassland. In addition to common agricultural policy support for these practices, the Commission will present a legislative proposal establishing a regulatory framework for the certification of carbon removals by the end of 2022.

  • Regulation on the European Health Data Space
    Rapporteur: Daniela CÎMPEAN (RO/EPP

On 3 May 2022, the European Commission published a proposal for a regulation on the European Health Data Space (EHDS), a health-specific data sharing framework, also one of the central building blocks of a strong European Health Union. It puts people in control of their health data, in their home country and cross-border and it improves the use of health data for research, innovation and policy-making. To realise its potential, the EHDS needs to create a strong legal framework establishing clear rules, common standards and practices, infrastructures and a governance framework for the use of electronic health data by patients and for research, innovation, policy-making and regulatory activities, while ensuring harmonised application of and full compliance with the EU's data protection standards.

Contact Person: NAT Commission