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By Elias Papadopoulos, Political Consultant In early March the European Commission published a Roadmap on the Evaluation of the Regulation on the functioning of the internal market. In place since 1998, an assessment of the Regulation is indeed long overdue. Perhaps nowhere is intra-EU free trade more problematic than when it comes to food. As… » read more

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By Chenoa Geerts, Associate Political Consultant The Netherlands. Known for its windmills, tulips and “Netherlands Second” plea, this week it’s attracted international attention to its parliamentary elections. After a turbulent 12 months in which the UK voted for Brexit and Donald Trump was elected US President, the question was whether the populist trend would continue… » read more

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By Elias Papadopoulos, Political Consultant It was eagerly anticipated – as eagerly as any White Paper on the Future of Europe can be, that is. Some thought that Brexit rhetoric managed to seep into it, others thought it was vague and lacked substance. Well, perhaps it was no surprise that a paper intended as the… » read more

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  By Elias Papadopoulos, Political Consultant In October 2016 the European Commission published an inception impact assessment on trans fats, expressing its willingness to consult on different policy options to possibly reduce the amount of trans fats in Europeans’ diets. It is of course too early to tell what the results will be and whether… » read more

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By Chenoa Geerts, Associate Political Consultant Tuesday 17th January. The day UK Prime Minister Theresa May explained what “Brexit means Brexit” means. The long-awaited speech was held in London’s Lancaster House, where Margaret Thatcher welcomed the creation of a single market in 1988. You could only imagine what this symbolic gesture meant, as Mrs May… » read more

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By Kasia Wilk, Associate Director, EU Affairs Shortly before the December holiday break a much-anticipated consultation on nutrient profiles was communicated to key stakeholders. It formed part of a larger study on the need, if any, for the European Commission to proceed with setting nutrient profiles. Those involved in food policy long enough will no… » read more

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