High level forum for a better functioning food

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High level forum for a better functioning food supply chain Benjamin Vallin Directorate General

High level forum for a better functioning food supply chain Benjamin Vallin Directorate General Enterprise and Industry Unit F. 5: Food and healthcare industries, Biotechnology European Commission Enterprise and Industry High level forum for a better functioning food supply chain | 19 May 2011 | 0

Outline • DG Enterprise & Industry at a glance • Origin and mandate of

Outline • DG Enterprise & Industry at a glance • Origin and mandate of the Forum • 4 work streams (expert platforms) European Commission Enterprise and Industry High level forum for a better functioning food supply chain | 19 May 2011 | 0

DG Enterprise at a glance – Overview Entrepreneurship Europe 2020 Internal market for goods

DG Enterprise at a glance – Overview Entrepreneurship Europe 2020 Internal market for goods Enterprise & Industry Sustainable and responsible business Standards policy European Commission Enterprise and Industry High level forum for a better functioning food supply chain | 19 May 2011 | 0

DG Enterprise at a glance – Food industry • Trade arrangements for “processed agricultural

DG Enterprise at a glance – Food industry • Trade arrangements for “processed agricultural products” § Export refunds, import duties § Trade negotiations • “Associated service” for food-related legislation • Multistakeholder dialogue / competitiveness European Commission Enterprise and Industry High level forum for a better functioning food supply chain | 19 May 2011 | 0

Origin of the Forum: High level group on competitiveness in agro-food Integrated approach covering

Origin of the Forum: High level group on competitiveness in agro-food Integrated approach covering 5 areas of interest Agriculture & environment policies Internal market for food Operation of the food chain Research & innovation Trade & exports • 30 policy recommendations (March 2009) • Roadmap of key initiatives (July 2009) European Commission Enterprise and Industry High level forum for a better functioning food supply chain | 19 May 2011 | 0

The food market monitoring: Policy initiatives & recommendations 1. Eliminate unfair contractual practices in

The food market monitoring: Policy initiatives & recommendations 1. Eliminate unfair contractual practices in business to business (B 2 B) 2. Common approach to competition issues 3. Transparency in agric. commodities derivatives markets 4. European food prices monitoring tool 5. National food retail prices comparison services 6. Territorial supply constraints 7. Revised labelling rules 8. Review of labelling rules & harmonised approach to food safety standards 9. Consolidation of the agricultural sector 10. Support to food SMEs, innovation and export European Commission Enterprise and Industry High level forum for a better functioning food supply chain | 19 May 2011 | 0

The origin of the Forum Industrial competitiveness High Level group on the Competitiveness of

The origin of the Forum Industrial competitiveness High Level group on the Competitiveness of the Agro-Food Industry Expert group report 30 recommendations Roadmap of actions Addressed to all stakeholders Single market review Different by nature Market monitoring Food Complementary Commission Communication 10 policy initiatives Commitments Recommendations to M. S. High Level Forum for a Better Functioning Food Supply Chain European Commission Enterprise and Industry High level forum for a better functioning food supply chain | 19 May 2011 | 0

The High Level Forum • A formal expert group § Commission Decision (2010/C 210/3)

The High Level Forum • A formal expert group § Commission Decision (2010/C 210/3) of 30/07/2010 • Multi-stakeholder forum, holistic approach § Representatives from the whole food supply chain (farmers, processing industry, traders, distributors, workers, NGOs) § Ministers from 13 EU Member States § 4 Commissioners and all relevant Commission services • 2 - year mandate (-> end 2012) • Tasks § Assist the Commission / industrial policy § Follow-up of the two previous initiatives (roadmap) European Commission Enterprise and Industry High level forum for a better functioning food supply chain | 19 May 2011 | 0

The High Level Forum – 4 work streams (expert platforms) Business-tobusiness contractual practices European

The High Level Forum – 4 work streams (expert platforms) Business-tobusiness contractual practices European food price monitoring tool High Level Forum Argo-logistics (to be launched) Competitiveness in the agro-food industry The composition of each platform is tailor-made. The platforms report to the High Level Forum (via the “Sherpa group”). European Commission Enterprise and Industry High level forum for a better functioning food supply chain | 19 May 2011 | 0

Expert platform on B 2 B contractual practices - Mandate • Gather facts and

Expert platform on B 2 B contractual practices - Mandate • Gather facts and information for debate § Better identify unfair practices § Share good contractual practices • Explore the various possible remedies § Legislative and non legislative measures § Enforcement tools Based on: • Independent studies • Stakeholders’ contributions • Actions at National level European Commission Enterprise and Industry High level forum for a better functioning food supply chain | 19 May 2011 | 0

Expert platform on B 2 B contractual practices - Timeline Nov. 2010 Launch meeting

Expert platform on B 2 B contractual practices - Timeline Nov. 2010 Launch meeting of the Forum End 2012 Conclusions of the Forum Nov. 2011 Interim meeting 2011 2012 Fact finding Solution finding 2 plenary meetings held to date Next plenary meeting: 14 Sept. 2011 On-going multi stakeholder dialogue European Commission Enterprise and Industry High level forum for a better functioning food supply chain | 19 May 2011 | 0

Expert platform on B 2 B contractual practices – Current state of play •

Expert platform on B 2 B contractual practices – Current state of play • Independent studies § Private labels (retailers’ own brands) – report published • Impact on the competitiveness of food SMEs? § Competitiveness in the meat sector – report published • Focus on (a)symmetries in price transmission & contractual relations § Territorial supply constraints - on-going • Impact on the internal market? • Consensus: § Unfair practices do occur throughout the chain § Fairness does matter in B 2 B § Need and commitment to work towards a common understanding of fairness in B 2 B • Illustrated with positive and negative examples of actual practices throughout the chain European Commission Enterprise and Industry High level forum for a better functioning food supply chain | 19 May 2011 | 0

Expert platform on B 2 B contractual practices – Coming next • End of

Expert platform on B 2 B contractual practices – Coming next • End of the fact-finding phase (autumn) § § Study report on territorial supply constraints Common understanding of fairness in B 2 B relations Survey on national measures Report on the activity of the National Competition Authorities • Solution-finding phase § Need to take into account actions at national level § Enforcement will be key European Commission Enterprise and Industry High level forum for a better functioning food supply chain | 19 May 2011 | 0

Food prices monitoring tool • Objective § Further develop the European Food Price Monitoring

Food prices monitoring tool • Objective § Further develop the European Food Price Monitoring tool managed by Eurostat • Main issues § Identify available data (do more with what exists) § Develop the publication of data along the chain (from raw material to food product) § Improve user-friendliness of the tool § Develop more synergies with national price observatories European Commission Enterprise and Industry High level forum for a better functioning food supply chain | 19 May 2011 | 0

Competitiveness of the agro-food industry • Objective § Follow the implementation of the roadmap

Competitiveness of the agro-food industry • Objective § Follow the implementation of the roadmap / initiatives aiming at boosting industrial competitiveness • Main issues § Social / societal dimension of sustainable competitiveness • Corporate social responsibility, Human rights • Food waste § Labelling • Map existing regulatory and voluntary schemes § Innovation § Internal market for food European Commission Enterprise and Industry High level forum for a better functioning food supply chain | 19 May 2011 | 0

Agro-logistics (to be launched) • Objectives § Enhance electronic communication associated to physical transport

Agro-logistics (to be launched) • Objectives § Enhance electronic communication associated to physical transport & logistic operation • Main issues § e-Freight initiative § Standardisation needs § Demonstration projects for SMEs European Commission Enterprise and Industry High level forum for a better functioning food supply chain | 19 May 2011 | 0

The way forward • What a high level forum can do: § § Fact

The way forward • What a high level forum can do: § § Fact finding to support policy making Policy recommendations Exchange and promote best practices Initiate stakeholder cooperation / voluntary agreements • What a high level forum can’t do: § Legislation! § The HLF does not substitute to the open consultations carried out ahead of any EU legislative proposal. European Commission Enterprise and Industry High level forum for a better functioning food supply chain | 19 May 2011 | 0

Thank you for your attention • For more information: Email: entr-food-forum@ec. europa. eu About

Thank you for your attention • For more information: Email: [email protected] europa. eu About the Forum: http: //ec. europa. eu/enterprise/sectors/food/competitiveness/index_en. htm Studies: http: //ec. europa. eu/enterprise/sectors/food/documents/studies/index_en. htm European Commission Enterprise and Industry High level forum for a better functioning food supply chain | 19 May 2011 | 0