CELCAA: TRADE IN AGRI-FOOD AND COMMODITIES IS PART OF A RESILIENT AND SUSTAINABLE FOOD SYSTEM
‘Trade in agri-food and commodities is part of a resilient and sustainable food system’, CELCAA stressed in a high level on-line Conference organised on 10th March 2021. The theme of the Conference was ‘EU Trade Policy- What ambitions for the EU agri-food trade’ and participants discussed the impact on the EU agri-food trade of the Farm to Fork Strategy and the recent Trade Communication ‘An open, sustainable and assertive Trade Policy’. The Conference, officially opened by Executive Vice-President Mr. Vladis Dombrovskis, featured the interventions of Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Janusz Wojciechowski; current AGRI FISH Council Chair, Maria do Céu Antunes; FAO Chief Economist, Maximo Torero Cullen; Director at DG Trade Rupert Schlegelmilch, as well as representatives of dairy, wine and meat trade sectors. CELCAA stressed the preponderant role of the EU in global trade in agri-food products, called for increased collaboration with third countries towards more sustainability, and to resist from protectionism calls.