EU Pledge, a voluntary initiative by companies to limit food and beverage marketing to children across Europe. The outcome of the vote is a positive one for the food and drink industry as MEPs voted to support self- and co-regulation for food and beverage advertising, to reject any reference to WHO nutrition criteria in the text, and to accept a more balanced wording on alcohol advertising. CULT MEPs have now been given the mandate to enter inter-institutional negotiations on AVMSD on behalf of the Parliament. 

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The ENVI committee has approved its draft report on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by the Dutch Liberal MEP, Gerben-Jan Gerbrandy. The proposal lays down minimum contributions of Member States to emission reductions for the period from 2021 to 2030 and the rules for determining the annual emission allocations.

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Looking ahead, we see that Brexit negotiations will continue to feature strongly on the Parliament’s agenda. The so-called dual quality of foodstuffs is gaining political traction with more MEPs calling on the Commission to take action, and several committees are developing initiatives to promote the Sustainable Development Goals. A strong Single Market for good and services and further advancing bi-lateral trade agreements with third countries will also be high on the list of priorities.

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