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COCERAL Position Paper on the Future of European Agriculture Policy Post-2020

COCERAL, representing trade in cereals, rice, feedstuffs, oilseeds, olive oil, oils and fats and agrosupply, supports a market oriented and competitive Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) for the period after 2020.
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EU Biofuels Value Chain Key principles for the post-2020 EU Renewable Energy Directive (RED II)

Policy makers should consider the following key guiding principles to deliver on the twin objectives of renewables uptake and decarbonisation in the transport sector.

CELCAA's Position Paper on reform of tariff rate quotas management

CELCAA comment on the proposed reform on the tariff rate quota (TRQ) administration currently managed by DG AGRI, stressing that the current system should be improved and adapted to reflect evolving realities when needed, and for sectors where the current system has provide to work efficiently, the current system should be maintained.

COCERAL Position Paper on the Commission’s proposal setting out scientific criteria for the determination of Endocrine Disrupting properties

COCERAL is concerned that the definition of Endocrine Disruptors (EDs) proposed by the Commission in its draft criteria to identify EDs in Plant Protection Products (PPPs), being purely hazard-based, may be restrictive beyond the needs of safety concerns.

COCERAL Position Paper on the Relaunch of EU-Mercosur Negotiations

COCERAL have been supporting the establishment of a workable and modernised trade framework with the Mercosur region countries and welcomes the new opportunity to revitalise the stalled talks through a new exchange of market access offers.

Joint Position Paper COCERAL,AIBI,EFFPA,FEFAC,FoodDrinkEurope, PFP on the Exclusion of Feed Materials from the Waste Framework Directive

AIBI, COCERAL, EFFPA, FEFAC, FoodDrinkEurope and PFP fully support the proposed amendment to the Waste Framework Directive as this clarification of the non-waste status of feed materials will be an essential contribution to ensuring efficient implementation of feed safety management and, in addition, contribute to the strategic policy goal of food waste reduction.

COCERAL advocacy on MiFID accelerates as the adoption of technical rules is approaching

As the Commission is approaching its internal deadline for deciding on the practical rules of MiFID implementation (the Regulatory Technical Standards, RTS), COCERAL has been stepping up even further its outreach to promote a workable framework for non-financial entities exemption

COCERAL preliminary views and recommendations to future proof Regulation 1107/2009 on placing of plant protection products on the market

In view of next year evaluation and potential revision of Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009 on placing on the market of Plant Protection Products, COCERAL presents to the European Institutions its preliminary views and recommendations to improve the current legislative framework.

Joint Position Paper COCERAL, FEDIOL and FEFAC calling upon the Parliament's Plenary to reject the Commission GM opt-out proposal

COCERAL, FEDIOL and FEFAC urge the Plenary of the European Parliament to reject the Commission proposal allowing Member States to opt-out from the EU GM food and feed authorisation system.

Joint Position Paper COCERAL, FEDIOL and FEFAC on the Commission opt-out proposal

COCERAL, FEDIOL and FEFAC call upon the European Parliament’s Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee to reject the Commission proposal allowing Member States to opt-out from the EU GM food and feed authorisation system.

Position paper EU Food and Feed Chain Coalition for a functioning evidence-based EU policy on GMOs

In view of the Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) latest discussions, COCERAL together with the Food and Feed Chain Coalition (FFC) advocates for a functioning evidence-based EU policy on GMOs in order to contribute to a competitive and sustainable Europe. The FFC partners require and demand a reasonable level of legal and regulatory certainty, such as an EU-wide authorisation of safe products, an enabling regulatory environment, trade facilitating measures.

Position Paper EU Food and Feed chain Review of the EU’s decision-making process to authorise GMOs for food and feed uses

The EU food and feed chain expresses their views to the discussion relating to the review of the EU’s decision-making process to authorise Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) for food and feed uses, as announced in the European Commission’s work programme for 2015.

Position Paper Agri-food chain roundtable for Plant Protection: calling for a coherent policy on plant protection solutions, including minor uses.

A roundtable of agri-food chain industry associations with an interest in the European legislative framework related to plant protection products has produced a joint paper outlining their views on European policy and legislation on plant protection products. This Roundtable welcomes the growing awareness of regulators of this important subject and specifically the recent progress with regard to the upcoming launch of a coordination secretariat for minor uses. However, it also considers that these efforts are significantly undermined by several other developments which threaten to negatively affect the availability of a sufficient range of products, in particular for speciality crops and minor uses.

COCERAL position paper on the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive II (MiFID II)– Level 2 legislation

Agricultural commodity trade needs consistent and well-functioning futures markets with sound rules which take into account the particular nature of agricultural commodities markets so that the operators in the food supply chain can hedge the typical risks linked to their physical businesses. COCERAL continues to be active in the financial reform and contributes to the definition of level 2 legislation, i.e. technical standards.

COCERAL Position on the Commission Proposal for a Regulation on organic production and labelling of organic products

Organic production is an increasingly relevant segment in the market. While the intention to simplify and streamline the rules for organic production is generally welcomed, COCERAL is concerned about the shift from a process-based to a product-based approach which shifts organic controls to end product analysis.

COCERAL Views on the Review of the Plant Reproductive Material Proposal

Key interest of COCERAL is to ensure the quality and health of the plant reproductive material that is distributed. In general, COCERAL believes that the current legal framework of the seed marketing legislation has proven to work satisfyingly in the market. Any new Plant Reproductive Material proposal should include all relevant stipulations to allow stakeholders to assess what is intended with it.

COCERAL views on the EU-US Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)

COCERAL welcomes the negotiations for the EU-USA Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and calls on the EU to reach a comprehensive trade deal that will harmonise rules and curb technical barriers to transatlantic trade, including in agriculture.

COCERAL/EUROMALT position on the revision of the EU system on official controls for food and feed

Food and feed safety is of upmost importance to COCERAL and EUROMALT. As part of their commitment, COCERAL and EUROMALT welcome the Commission’s intention to harmonize, modernize and sharpen the EU system of official control along the agri-food chain by simplifying and modernizing its regularity framework.

CELCAA Position on the TTIP Negotiations

CELCAA welcomes the upcoming EU-USA Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), looking forward to an agreement that will cover all aspects of trade and investment with also a view of protecting Geographical Indications and truly sensitive products.

EU Agricultural Trade for Food, Feed and Biofuels Markets - The raw materials suppliers’ perspective on ILUC

COCERAL calls for a predictable biofuel policy to support the domestic supply of plant proteins and to reduce the EU dependence on imported protein meals. COCERAL also questions the use of scientifically controversial data as a basis for potentially wiping out the European production of biofuel crops together with the whole industry and supply chain. The negotiations of free trade agreements should be seen as an opportunity also to address the actual issue of direct land use change and related emissions right where they occur.

Temporary suspension of the neonicotinoid use in crops attractive to bees

COCERAL recognises and acknowledges the important role of bees for the ecosystem and for the entire food chain and highlights that all COCERAL members are working to conserve and protect pollinators.

The Future of the CAP after 2013: COCERAL views on the Council Common Position (April 2013)

COCERAL welcomes the Council’s General Approach designing a new market-orientated CAP that could also grant increased flexibility in the greening measures. In this period of high price volatility in agricultural commodities and of increased need for supply worldwide, the text agreed by the Council of Ministers gives special attention for sustainable intensification of EU agricultural production.

Aflatoxin B1 in Maize from South-Eastern Europe

Feed Hygiene:a responsibility across the supply chain
The trading community remains highly vigilant to the management of mycotoxins in their activities. Traders continue monitoring with due diligence to ensure the delivery of safe feed materials, in compliance with the European legal framework. The recent incidents of increased Aflatoxin content in grains should be treated as isolated cases giving an opportunity to review and discuss together with the whole supply chain the top-of-the-pyramid approach.

The Future of the CAP after 2013: COCERAL views and recommendations ahead of the European Parliament Plenary vote (Feb.2013)

COCERAL welcomes the steps taken by the European Parliament to grant increased flexibility in the measures to green the CAP and the COMAGRI intention to adhere to the Commission’s proposal about the managing import and export licences system. However, COCERAL is still concerned about the extension of functions given to producer and interbranch organisations and also warns the co-legislators about the negative implications of regular reviews of the reference prices for intervention and other market measures. 

COCERAL Position Paper on the EU Free Trade Negotiations with Mercosur (Jul.2012)

COCERAL welcomes the Commission’s decision to reopen negotiations with the Mercosur area, which is a main source of agri-bulk commodities for the EU. In view of ensuring the necessary supply, our members ask that the future free trade agreement with Mercosur brings further market opening for agri-products for which the EU is not self-sufficient.

CAP after 2013: COCERAL updated position paper (Nov.2012)

COCERAL brings its contribution to the current discussions on the future Common Agricultural Policy: the Single Common Market Organisation and the Greening of the Direct Payment Scheme. Following the European Parliament amendments to the Commission proposals, COCERAL conveys the grain trade perspective on issues such as public intervention, import/export licences, producers organisations as well as on the measures for greening the CAP.

MARKETS IN FINANCIAL INSTRUMENTS DIRECTIVE (MiFID): Coceral views on the Council Compromise Proposal (Dec.2012)

COPA-COGECA, COCERAL, FEDIOL and EUROMALT welcome the positive steps forward on MiFID taken by the European Parliament in its report of 26th October as well as by the latest European Council compromise proposal. Our associations would like to express their position on exemptions, position limits and reporting in view of the trilogue discussions. The particular nature of the agricultural commodities markets must be taken into account to allow the operators in the food supply chain hedging the typical risks linked to their physical businesses.

Workshop “Biotech Soy in the Americas and the EU - Today and the Future” on June 27 2012, in Brussels

As important agri-business player worldwide, Europe needs to reflect on the kind of agriculture for the future. It is crucial for the EU to have access to multiple sources year round in order to meet the demand as well as to tap into surplus areas to cover its internal supply deficit. 

CELCAA position paper on the CAP legal proposals (Jun.2012)

CELCAA, the European Liaison Committee for Agricultural and Agri-Food Trade welcomed the reform process towards a market oriented, competitive and sustainable Common Agriculture Policy, which was started with the reform in 2003. The future CAP ensures the active participation of traders of agricultural and agri-food products in the market place in order to secure value for all participants in the suplly chain and to reduce price volatility.

COCERAL publishes paper on Mycotoxins (2011)

On the basis of a literature review and quantitative survey data, the present article is intended to contribute to a common effort between regulators, scientists and food business operators with a view to reduce the many sources of uncertainty in modern mycotoxin analysis.

This article was published in "Food Control"22 (2011) 1145-1153 by David Siegel (BAM) and Teresa Babuscio (COCERAL), copyright Elsevier 2011. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science

COCERAL revised Position Paper on CAP after 2013 (Feb.2011)

Coceral reconfirms that the future CAP has to remain a common EU policy and acknowledges its role as main provider of public goods. Facing the current challenges, Coceral asks for a CAP endowed with better legislation and instruments which would ensure sufficient supply of goods and stimulate the competitiveness of EU agri-bulk trade.

COCERAL statement on the revision of the GM cultivation legal framework (Oct.2010)

COCERAL would like to share its reflections and considerations on the Commission's proposals to grant national flexibility for authorising the cultivation of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) within the framework of the revision of the GM cultivation legal framework currently under discussion. Members are very much concerned that the Commission's proposals represent a serious dereliction of regulatory responsibility, creating an EU-wide charter for discrimination against the products of agricultural biotechnology and establishing the basis for future innovation, GM or not, to be blocked or restricted without scrutiny or justification.

COCERAL/EUROMALT/EUROFLOUR Position Paper on the EU-MERCOSUR Free Trade Negotiations (Sept.2010)

In the context of proliferation of third country trade agreements and of the stalling of the Doha Round, Coceral, Euromalt and Euroflour support the conclusion of a free trade agreement agreement (FTA) with the Mercosur. As the Doha Round would ensure a level playing field, overcoming the fragmentation of bilateral agreements, our members ask that the Commission ensures a smooth passage between the two trade regimes.