Competitiveness

FoodDrinkEurope contribution on Brexit

FoodDrinkEurope and its European food and drink industry members regret, but respect, the choice of the citizens of the UK to leave the EU. As a consequence of the Brexit referendum, both the UK and the EU27 are facing an unprecedented and challenging situation, and a considerable level of uncertainty. On 29 March 2017, the formal two-year negotiation period starts in which both parties will have to negotiate the exit conditions; comprehensive transitional arrangements should also be negotiated as early as possible, as well as an ambitious and balanced future EU27-UK agreement. Prolonged uncertainty must be avoided at all costs.

FoodDrinkEurope’s contribution to the Future EU Trade Policy Strategy

Food and drink exports to non-EU countries have almost doubled over the past decade to reach €91 billion in 2014. Thanks to steady export growth since 2009 the industry registered last year a trade surplus of €25 billion. Despite this strong track record, access to third country markets remains constrained by trade barriers and the decline of market share in foreign markets is a matter of concern. In the face of increased competition from new and established competitors, EU market share in global food and drink exports has declined from 20% in 2003 to 18% in 2013.

Position on the proposal for a regulation on information provision and promotion measures

FoodDrinkEurope warmly welcomes the European Commission’s proposal to reform the promotion policy for EU agricultural and food products. It shares the Commission’s assessment that this policy is an important tool for contributing to the competitiveness of the agri-food sector. The policy has, in particular, the potential to help increase the export capacity of the entire food supply chain including Europe’s 285,000 food and drink SMEs, many of which face difficulties in accessing third markets.

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