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Engaging EFSA

By Viviana Spaghetti, Political Consultant It is a cardinal rule of influencing the policy-making process in the EU that the earlier you’re in the game, the better your chances of achieving your objective. In Brussels, it is vital to talk to the European Commission – the EU civil service – before a legislative proposal is… » read more

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By Chenoa Geerts, Associate Political Consultant Running up to the Brexit referendum it was often referred to as “scaremongering”, when politicians, industry representatives, academics or economists emphasised the adverse consequences of leaving the EU. Many today still say that those negative effects have not materialised over a year after the referendum. However, it is safe… » read more

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By Sam Blainey, Senior Political Consultant An old sore was reopened this month, as a London businessman was found guilty of conspiring to defraud customers by adding horsemeat to batches of beef and relabelling them as pure beef. The conviction is another reminder that the issue – which first emerged in 2013 – has not… » read more

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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 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 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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