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News Alert Brussels June 2013

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Smarter rules for safer food

New roaming tariffs

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Health & Safety Consultation

Common Fisheries Policy

New look ECSLA newsletters

Herewith you receive the restyled ECSLA News Alert from Brussels. New look, new layout and more features. Members receive two newsletters per month: ECSLA Industry News and ECSLA News Alert from Brussels. These newsletters are also available via our website www.ecsla.eu
Although still partly under construction, this new site features, among other, a member directory and cold store locator, publications library, online event registration and social media integration. 

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The new ECSLA website www.ecsla.eu features Members Only Resources. Members have recently received their personal login details by email and can now access these recources. 


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New GCCA directory

The Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA) has published the 2013-2014 Global Cold Chain Directory, which includes more than 550 pages of listings of cold chain providers from around the world. All GCCA members (should) have received their copy in the mail.

The European Cold Storage and Logistics Association (ECSLA) is the voice of the European cold storage industry. For more information about ECSLA, visit www.ecsla.eu.


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EP ENVI Committee votes in favor of strict F-gas ban
Last week's vote in the EU Parliament's Environment Committee returned a very disappointing result for the Cold Store industry. Committee members did not take into account factual arguments on practical consequences of tightening the already strict measures proposed by the Commission. If adopted without further adjustments by the Council of EU members states, this Regulation would endanger the smooth functioning of the food chain.
    Croatia joins EU
Croatia 28th member of EU

On July 1st Croatia will become the 28th Member of the European Union. This will mark the end of its journey to accession, and a remarkable turnaround for a country that was ravaged by war during the break-up of former Yugoslavia in the 1990s. But there has been a marked absence of enthusiasm for EU membership among much of the population. Full membership means, among many other things, that Croatia will be able to sell its products tariff-free across the EU.

Call for participation: »Impact of Coordination Techniques on Cold Chain Performance«
Verena Brenner, student of International Logistics at Jacobs University Bremen is inviting you to participate in a survey which will directly feed into her PhD research project. Purpose of the survey is to identify successful coordination mechanisms between companies along the cold chain. The focus lies on how to prepare interactions with transaction partners, so that processes are optimally coordinated between companies. Participants will receive a summary Report of the findings. More information is available in English, German, French and Spanish
    New Commission proposal
Smarter rules for safer food

In a European Commission conference on June 13th, central elements of the new proposals for future food and feed rules to stakeholders. The current EU legislation covering the food chain consists of almost 70 pieces of legislation, the package of reform will cut this down to 5. The new proposal covers food, feed, live animals, plants and plant reproductive material. Also included are new regulations for official controls, for their financing, new rules for border controls, a new integrated management system and new measures against food fraud.

New roaming tariffs as of July 1
From 1 July 2013, the European Union's Roaming Regulation will lower the price caps for data downloads by 36%, making it much cheaper to use maps, watch videos, check emails and update social networks while travelling across the EU. Data roaming will now be up to 91% cheaper in 2013 compared to 2007. During this period the volume of the data roaming market has grown 630%. Since 2007 the EU has achieved retail price reductions across calls, SMS and data of over 80% 
    Lithuanian presidency
Lithuania to take over EU presidency

On July 1, Lithuania will take over the helm of the EU presidency from Ireland.  Lithuania considers itself one of the most successful countries to overcome the economic and financial crisis and to return to sustained recovery and growth. It is the first Baltic country in the Presidency as well as the first country leading in a Union of 28 member states. Lithuania has a population of 3.2 million and joined the EU in 2004.

    Health & Safety at Work
Commission opens public consultation

The European Commission has launched a public consultation to gather insights and contributions from the public further to results of the evaluation of the European Strategy on Safety and Health at Work 2007-2012. This should help identify current and future challenges in the occupational safety and health area, and identify solutions to address these challenges. All citizens and organisations are welcome to contribute to this consultation, which will be open from 31 May 2013 to 26 August 2013. 

    EP Workshop
MEPs discuss the EU "food crisis"

Esther de Lange, ENVI Rapporteur on the legislative non-binding Report on “The food crisis, fraud in the food chain and the control thereof” held a Workshop in the European Parliament with the same title. Speakers included Eric Poudelet from DG SANCO, Michael Scannell, Director of the Food and Veterinary Office and Chris Vansteenkist from Europol. Ms de Lange, who is currently drafting her Report, indicated that she is in favor of a compulsory EU wide register for meat traders as well as significantly raising the penalties for food fraud.

FVO in favour of stronger EU controls
The European Food and Veterinary Office (FVO) welcomes the new proposals aimed at strengthening EU food controls because they will allow Europe to further its international role in the trade of meat and other food with third countries
    Q & A
The new Common Fisheries Policy

The overall objective of the reformed Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) is to make fishing sustainable - environmentally, economically and socially. The new policy will bring fish stocks back to sustainable levels and will stop wasteful fishing practices. It will provide EU citizens with a stable, secure and healthy food supply for the long term; it seeks to bring new prosperity to the fishing sector, end dependence on subsidies and create new opportunities for jobs and growth in coastal areas.