EU ministers focus on reciprocity in international trade of standards for phytopharmaceutical residues and introducing mirror clauses into EU law, and on de-forestation

EU Agriculture and Fisheries Council
Monday, February 21, 2022
Ministers held an exchange of views on ways to strengthen coherence between the Green Deal, the common agricultural policy (CAP) and trade policy, in order to support the transition to sustainable food systems. Julien Denormandie, French Minister for Agriculture and Food Today’s Council meeting focused on the reciprocity of standards and the promotion of European standards and values at international level. Both the discussions on coherence between the European Green Deal, the CAP and trade policy and on the proposed regulation on combatting deforestation and forest degradation, as well as the adoption of Council conclusions on the Codex Alimentarius, made it clear that Europeans will no longer accept products that run contrary to our efforts to make our food systems more sustainable. Farming ministers held a policy debate on the Commission’s proposal for a regulation on deforestation-free products, the aim of which is to ensure that products consumed on the EU market do not contribute to deforestation and forest degradation worldwide. It will do so by setting due diligence rules for operators so as to reduce the risk that commodities placed on the EU market, such as soy, beef, palm oil, wood, cocoa and coffee, are associated with deforestation.
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