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:
Reform of the geographical indications system
Karine GLOANEC-MAURIN (FR/PES)
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.
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.
Balancing local communities', entrepreneurs' and travellers´ needs linked to short-term rentals
Rapporteur: Roberto CIAMBETTI (IT/ECR)
The expansion of short-term rentals has changed the face of European tourism. Praised by many for diversifying the offer and democratising access, the platforms have also been accused of turning historical districts of many European capitals into ghost cities, inflating property prices and driving local communities away. A robust and fair legal framework, correctly balancing the needs of cities, peer and professional short-term rental providers and platforms while respecting the citizens, has been called for. This opinion will explore how to create a level playing field for professionals and how to address housing issues for local people.
- Targets and tools for a Smart Rural Europe
Rapporteur: Radim Sršeň (EPP/CZ)
The Long-term vision for rural areas is an important step towards the full recognition of the contribution to the digital and green transitions and European democracy by rural areas as well as their specific challenges. There is a need for transparent criteria, benchmarks and targets to reach the goals of the long-term vision and to monitor progress towards them. Wherever possible, synergies with existing monitoring mechanisms in different policy fields should be created in order to avoid additional bureaucratic burdens. It is also important to step up future funding and instruments under cohesion policy and CAP strategic plans, in particular through minimum thresholds taking into account the EU-wide share of population and territory of rural areas.