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Europe’s Liberal Democrats have not just jumped on the recent bandwagon of environmentalism. It is rather the case that the ideas and principles of the ELDR Party in these fields are now coming to the fore. Since the early 1980’s, Liberals have established comprehensive policies on environmental sustainability, energy production, as well as on European agricultural policy. Find an overview of 35 years of adopted liberal policies within this area or consult the different resolutions below.


  • 24/04/2017
    International trade union calls for firm EU action on imported Philippines tuna tainted with human rights violations
    An international trade union delegation comprising the IUF, the IUF European regional organization EFFAT-IUF, the Belgian Food and Service Workers’ Union CCAS-CSC, the Norwegian Food Workers’ Union NNN and two members of a trade union from General Santos City in the Philippines which is leading the...
  • 28/03/2017
    Bonduelle: New EWC agreement signed
    On 22 March 2017, a new Bonduelle EWC agreement was signed by all EWC members and trade union representatives. As a signatory party, EFFAT contributed to this successful outcome. EFFAT Expert Enrico Somaglia, who assisted the EWC negotiations, said that “it was a long negotiation with intense...
  • 28/03/2017
    Major threat to our food and farms, says civil society
    More than 200 organisations have today raised their objections to the planned mergers of six giant agriculture corporations. The farmer, farmworker, beekeeper, religious, international development, and environmental groups claim that the three resulting companies will concentrate market power...
  • 13/03/2017
    EFFAT Coca-Cola Coordination Group express solidarity and support for the workers in Fuenlabrada (Madrid)
    The EFFAT Coca-Cola Coordination Group, made up of national trade union officers, senior shop stewards and members of national and European Works Councils representing the Coca-Cola workforce employed at Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP), The Coca-Cola Company, and Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling...
  • 07/03/2017
    She needs a pay rise
    Brussels, 7 March 2017 | On 8 March 2017, International Womens’ Day, the trade union movement reflects on the need to achieve gender parity in the workplace. The average gender pay gap in the EU is almost 17%, and up to now it has only been reduced at a very slow pace. This happens in spite of...
  • 07/03/2017
    EFFAT CEFS Joint statement on the end of the sugar production quotas
    The EU beet sugar industry is preparing for one of the biggest changes in its history: the end of production quotas on 1 October 2017. The end of quotas presents substantial opportunities for EU beet sugar manufacturers, in particular the possibility to produce more sugar for food use and to export...



  • 24/11/2015
    Sharing economy: No! if it leads to unfair competition and social dumping
    Concerned over the rapid diffusion of the “sharing economy” in tourism (i.e. Internet based offers for accommodation and transport, such as Airbnb and Uber), EFFAT adopted a common position during the latest Executive Committee meeting. The text calls on policy makers to avoid that the...
  • 15/09/2015
    EFFAT invites to express solidarity with Finnish unions fighting anti-union legislation
    Finland’s trade unions are mobilizing against the new right-wing coalition government’s plan to unilaterally cut pay and benefits negotiated through collective bargaining, and are asking for solidarity and support.On September 9, after unions refused to agree to the proposals, the government...
  • 07/08/2015
    Migrant Workers in the Meat Sector - A guide to your rights !
    Representing together over 12 million workers employed in agriculture and plantations, the International Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers' Associations (IUF) and its regional organization the European Federation of Food, Agriculture, Tourism Trade...
  • 03/07/2015
    Better Regulation Package - EFFAT denounces threat to social and environmental standards
    EFFAT has published its position paper on the better Regulation package released by the European Commission and highlights its concern over a potential dismantle of labour, social and environmental standards.EFFAT generally agrees with some of the supposed objectives of the Better Regulation...
  • 09/06/2015
    Better Regulation Watchdog Network sends open letter to the Commission
    Last week the Better Regulation Watchdog Network took action and sent an open letter to Members of the European Parliament. The action was carried out following the European Commission's recent proposal for an Inter-Institutional Agreement and the Commission communication on Better Regulation for...
  • 21/05/2015
    MEP Evelyn Regner supports Back2OurFuture youth campaign
    MEP Evelyn Regner supports Back2OurFuture youth campaignAustrian MEP Evelyn Regner has expressed her support for the Back2OurFuture campaign that aims to tackle youth unemployment.Referring to the campaign, she said that “it clearly shows the kind of vision that young people have of European...




EFFAT is the European Federation of Food, Agriculture and Tourism Trade Unions. As a European Trade Union Federation representing 120 national trade unions from 35 European countries, EFFAT defends the interests of more than 22 million workers towards the European Institutions, European employers’ associations and transnational companies. EFFAT is a member of the ETUC and the European regional organisation of the IUF.