News from Brussels / Week 25 September - 01 October 2017
Last Week, the French President Emmanuel Macron gave a speech at the Sorbonne University on the Future of Europe on Tuesday. The Commission issued a set of guidelines on the application of EU food and consumer laws to dual quality products. On Thursday, the fourth round of the Brexit negotiations were concluded. And on Friday, the Digital Summit took place in Tallinn.
Edible Science: Thoughts on Future of Food
Utopia or vision?
The change in the food sector through new technologies, innovations and concepts is mainly driven by global megatrends such as digitalization, urbanization, sustainability (climate change), overpopulation, individualization, health and "demographic change". In the future, it will be no longer possible to speak of vertical supply-chains, since mechanisms of the circular economy, for e.g. the use of biomass streams, are transforming the food system into an "ecosystem". In addition, all market players will be connected and interrelated.
News from Brussels / Week 18 - 24 March 2017
Last week the Heads of State and Government gathered in Rome to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Rome. On this occasion, they presented a declaration, in which they emphasised the unity of the Union and their intention to increase cooperation in the areas of defence policy, social policy and the rights of citizens.
The European Parliament demands more consumer protection cooperation, as well as a mandatory transparency register for all lobbyists wishing to enter the Parliament. Together with the Council, an informal agreement was reached to set up a new labelling scheme for energy efficiency.
News from Brussels / Week 18 – 24 February 2017
Last week the European Commission published the annual review of the economic and social situation in the Member States within the framework of the European Semester. Meanwhile, the Council agreed on further measures to tackle tax avoidance at international level and discussed new ways to strengthen consumer protection cooperation in the digital age.