As announced in the Consumer agenda, the European Commission published two legislative proposals in the field of consumer protection: on common rules promoting the repair of goods and common criteria against greenwashing and misleading environmental claims. Both initiatives are linked to the European Green Deal and its objectives of sustainable consumption and circular economy.
This first proposal aims at promoting repair both within and beyond the legal guarantee, while ensuring that consumers have easier and cheaper options to repair products that are technically repairable through a set of measures and tools, such as right for consumers to claim repair to producers; an online matchmaking repair platform to connect consumers with repairers and sellers and a European quality standard for repair services to help consumers identify repairers who commit to a higher quality.
The second proposal, the Directive on Green Claims, is aiming at bringing more clarity for consumers than when something is sold as green, it actually is green by providing better-quality information, thus helping consumers to choose environment-friendly products and services. Finally, the directive is also rewarding Businesses that make a genuine effort to improve the environmental sustainability of their products while helping establish a level playing field.
Opinions – Exchange of views:
The Common Fisheries Policy on the ground: towards sustainable and resilient coastal communities in the EU
Rapporteur: Jesús Gamallo Aller (ES/EPP)
The goal of the Common Fishery Policy (CFP), as previously stated by the Union with the Lisbon Treaty of 2009, is to ensure the long-term sustainability of fisheries and aquaculture in Europe, the availability of food supplies, and a fair standard of living for the relevant labour force. The recent policy package received from the Commission comprises four main areas of interest: the reconfirmed commitment for the CFP, the Energy transition, the EU Action Plan to ensure the survival of marine ecosystems, and the Common market organisation. The package as a whole constitutes a pivotal development for the EU fisheries and aquaculture sectors; this notwithstanding, the regional and local implications of the dossier will need to be effectively scrutinised.
Risk management and market regulation: the tools to strengthen the sustainability of European agriculture
Rapporteur: Nicola CAPUTO (IT/Renew E.)
One of the key objectives of the 2023-2027 CAP programming period is to preserve animal and plant biodiversity in Europe, along with putting an emphasis on the concept of multifunctionality and respect for the natural resources deriving from farming. The presence of farmers in rural areas is crucial to achieving these objectives. As things stand, the economic resilience of European farmers is much lower than that of their competitors in North America. The EU must create a protective umbrella for farms (especially small and medium-sized farms) with new instruments and financial autonomy.
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Highlights of the conference on 2 June 2023:
The objective of the event is to discuss the major challenges currently faced by regions and cities in the context of the food crisis and climate change, and to engage citizens in the quest for sustainable solutions at EU, national, regional and local level. This will also be an occasion to review solutions available to farmers and to decision-makers to mitigate the impact of warm-up and dry conditions and to ensure our food security at EU level and beyond. Finally, the event will also question how could regional food security strategies contribute to building a more resilient and sustainable food system.
Session I - Impact of climate change on food systems
The summer of 2022 saw Europe's worst drought in 500 years. A combination of record-breaking temperatures and low rainfall caused rivers to dry, wildfires to rage and crop failures to compound already high food prices. This session will look into how the challenges generated by the climate change can be tackled at local, regional, national and EU level and review solutions available to farmers and to decision-makers to mitigate the impact of warm-up and dry conditions and to ensure our food security at EU level and beyond.
Session II - Building regional strategies for food security
Thriving local and regional food systems are key element of our food security. Boosting their future resilience is essential – meaning: encouraging more diverse regional and local food production; fully exploiting the potential of local supply chains and food public procurement; facilitating innovations that support smallholder farming and local food production … How could regional food security strategies contribute to building a more resilient and sustainable food system? What role for local and regional authorities in the food systems transition?
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Welcoming address from Dubravka Šuica, European Commission Vice-President for Democracy and Demography: