European Federation of Food, Agriculture and Tourism Trade Unions
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EFFAT welcomes new committee on pesticides

European Commission fails to protect citizens against proven risk of cancer

The controversial decision to re-approve the use of glyphosate for another five years has exposed some fundamental failures of the EU’s pesticide approval system, revealing that chemical companies have an undue influence on EU scientific assessments. The EC and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) disregarded the concerns of independent scientists, the European Parliament and the public, by labelling glyphosate as safe. EFFAT and many other organisations therefore welcome the Special Committee on the EU’s authorisation procedure for pesticides (PEST), set up by the European Parliament. EFFAT hopes that the PEST Committee will rebuild trust by investigating the failures of the EU pesticides regime and by making recommendations for improvement.

 

 

 

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  • 06/06/2001
    EFFAT Express: Call for immediate adoption of Information and Consultation Directive
    In the run-up to the meeting of the labour and social ministers on 11 June 2001, EFFAT Secretary General Harald WIEDENHOFER has written to the chairman of the Council calling for the adoption of the proposal for an information and consultation Directive, which EFFAT has now been actively supporting...
  • 30/05/2001
    EFFAT Express: Solidarity - Intimidation of workers at Jakarta Shangri-La
    Police in Jakarta (Indonesia), acting on the orders of hotel management, are using violent tactics against striking workers and their trade union, FSPM.More news:Social Dialogue: Agriculture discusses BSE and FMDUSA: Lifting of FMD embargoEU: Implementation of new Interreg III C ProgrammeSocial...
  • 21/05/2001
    EFFAT Express: Food Authority I and II
    One of the key priorities of EFFAT and its member federations will soon become reality when the “European Food Authority” (EFA) finally starts work at the beginning of 2002.More news:EFFAT: Food Authority IIEFFAT: Alleviating the consequences of BSEGermany: Support for EU eco-regulation
  • 15/05/2001
    EFFAT Express: Hungary - 40000 working places saved through Social Dialogue
    The social partners of the hungarian agriculture - trade union MEDOSZ and employers organisation MOSZ - turned to the national constitutional court to check, if the law about privatisation of the agricultural cooperatives is in conformity with the constitution.More news:EFFAT: Sectorial...
  • 24/04/2001
    10 EFFAT demands on sustainable food, agriculture and tourism policy
    Comprehensive training of all food handlers; introduction of minimum standards for training workers all the way down the food chain.Compulsory implementation of reliable quality assurance and control systems in all enterprises throughout the food chain (including agriculture).Compulsory...
  • 14/12/2000
    New European Trade Union Federation for the Food, Agriculture and Tourism Sector (EFFAT)
    The two European Industry Federations for the food, catering and allied workers (ECF-IUF) and agriculture (EFA) merged on 11-12th December at a joint congress in Luxembourg into the European Federation of Food, Agriculture and Tourism Workers’ Unions (EFFAT). The new trade union federation,...

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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.