CELCAA trade conference was held in Brussels on 21st March 2019.
Agriculture Commissioner Philip Hogan noted the “…unsurpassed safety and quality of our products has made us the leading trader of high quality food and drink products in the world.”
His Commission colleague, Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström stressed “Agri-food trade is growing – and the EU’s Free Trade Agreements are contributing to its success. Agricultural products are very popular with our partners. There is growing demand for EU food and wine. Our agreements cover a third of total EU agri-food exports and more than 40% of imports. We have been improving the terms too – because the agreements we are negotiating now are not the same old business”.
Speaking for the current EU Presidency, Stefan Radu Oprea, Romanian Business Minister insisted that “”EU trade policy can enhance not only the competitiveness of EU agricultural sector, but also its resilience and its attractiveness for the young generation of farmers. We should strive to promote not only our products, but also our values. Finding the right balance and choosing the right partners for EU trade agreements covering the agri-food sector is of paramount importance”.
Speakers from the agri-food trade supported the main calls from the conference for the uptake of an ambitious European trade policy focusing on the implementation of trade deals, on a deep and comprehensive EU-UK agreement and on increasing market access in new export markets while protecting sources of supply.
Read the press release: PRESS RELEASE CELCAA 21 03 2019
Read the Manifesto: Celcaa_Manifesto_2019
Access photos from the event: https://celcaa.eu/celcaa-conference/