FoodDrinkEurope welcomes the Maltese Presidency
On 1 January, Malta took the helm of the Presidency of the Council for the first time since joining the EU in 2004. We want to thank the Slovak Presidency for their hard work and positive collaboration and welcome Malta. The Presidency’s overarching theme will be to bring the EU closer to the people by encouraging dialogue on the role of the EU. Specifically for the food and drink sector, the Presidency has identified the following priorities which it intends to advance over the coming six-month period: strengthening the role of Single Market; combatting childhood obesity and non-communicable diseases; improving industrial competitiveness and the role of SMEs; advancing bi-lateral trade negotiations with Canada, Japan, Australia and New Zealand, Mercosur and the ASEAN countries; guiding the EU’s transition towards a Circular Economy; the revision of the Emissions Trading Scheme; and research and innovation under Horizon 2020. Maltese Ministers will also be tasked with negotiating the first wave of Britain’s exit from the EU.
It is an ambitious programme for the EU’s smallest Member State and we, at FoodDrinkEurope, look forward to engaging actively with the Maltese on these priorities in order to ensure the sustained growth of Europe’s food and drink sector.