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EFFAT Joins Stakeholders calling for 'Securing a sustainable food chain'


Brussels, 2 June 2015: In a letter sent today to EU policy-makers, the Stakeholder Dialogue Group on Food Sustainability invited them to step-up actions to develop a holistic approach to guarantee the sustainability of food systems for future generations thanks to a coherent policy approach. With this initiative and in view of the upcoming adoption of the UN post 2015 Sustainable Development Goals and a new global climate framework, the representatives from across Europe’s food chain, Trade Unions and the NGO community reconfirmed their commitment to work together as a supply chain and with public authorities, towards making the European food chain more sustainable. The Stakeholder Dialogue Group on Food Sustainability, established in 2013, includes 18 organisations and companies from across the EU food chain, most of which are also members of the High Level Forum for a Better Functioning Food Supply Chain. With the renewal of the High Level Forum launched today the group is now calling the Commission to allow their recommendations for more sustainable food systems to be part of its future work programme. 

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The organisations involved in this Initiative are:

AIPCE/CEP (European Fish processors Association/ European Association of National Organisations of Importers and Exporters of Fish)
CELCAA (European Liaison Committee for the Agricultural and Agri-Food Trade),
COPA-COGECA (European Farmers – European Agri-Cooperatives),
EFFAT (European Federation Of Food, Agriculture & Tourism Trade Unions),
ELC (Federation of European Specialty Food Ingredients Industries),
ERRT (European Retail Round Table)
EURO COOP (European Community of Consumer Cooperatives),
EuroCommerce (Retail, wholesale & international trade representation to the EU),
WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature),

For further information: Florence Ranson Director of Communications Phone: +32 2 514 11 11

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.