CELCAA Lunch at European Parliament hosted by MEP Daniel CASPARY on 5th November 2014

The European Parliament Members have acknowledged the crucial role played by the trade in the agri-food chain as they connect producers to consumers, through distribution capacities and services. CELCAA asked for the Parliament’s support for ambitious market access in FTA’s being negotiated with trading partners including tackling non-tariff barriers, export bans or tariff issues. 

The press release of the event is available here. The Document "Our Priority: Trade for a better market" is available here.

CELCAA, the European Umbrella representing the agri-food trade, organised a lunch-debate hosted by MEP Daniel Caspary, EPP coordinator at INTA, at the European Parliament on the 5th November 2014. Members of European Parliament had the opportunity to exchange with representatives of the trade on technical and horizontal issues, and from various commodities’ sectors. Participants included Members of European Parliament Mr. Andrieu, Mr. Dantin, Ms. Herranz-Garcia, Mr. Landsbergis, Ms. Mosca, Mr. Pabriks, Mr. Proust, Mr. Zalba-Bidegain; political advisers; INTA Secretariat and more than 30 experts from sectorial trade  associations. 

Daniel Caspary, EPP coordinator at INTA, stated: “The role of the European Parliament in trade matters is key – as it has the power to give its ascent or object on a FTA deal. As markets become more diverse in their requirements and the sourcing of products becomes more complex, the value of a strong and effective agri-trade sector is vital in delivering the requirements of both consumers and producers”.


Paul Rooke, President of CELCAA stated:  “The lunch debate format has proven successful. We are delighted that many Members of European Parliament from the INTA Committee but also from COMAGRI have taken the opportunity to engage in discussions with representatives of the trade in agri-commodities. CELCAA is committed to this dialogue and looks forward to play an active role in providing technical expertise as the discussions accelerate”. 

"The EU agri-food trade sector is strategic for the EU trade and economy as a whole. We need a EU Trade policy with ambitious goals, clear focus and appropriate resources allowing to boost agri-food trade. Wine is the top EU agriculture exporter, and represent 70% of all wine exports worldwide. Wine is a flagship product for Europe, and ambassador of the European cultures and qualities, and it is a key EU offensive interests in international negotiations. A successful EU Trade policy is key for the sustainable development of a competitive and vibrant EU wine sector".  José Ramon Fernandez, Secretary General of CEEV.