The EU sugar sector faces its biggest change in decades. On 1 October 2017 EU sugar production quotas will end. At this sensitive and uncertain time, the European Commission has proposed to vote in the Management Committee of 27 April 2017 on the introduction of ‘temporary’ measures (tenders for imports at reduced duties) to increase the supply of sugar on the EU market. EU sugar producers (CEFS), sugar beet [...]

CEFS, the European association of sugar producers, welcomes EFSA’s announcement of an upcoming Scientific Opinion on the health effects of sugars added to food and beverages, with the aim to establish a science-based cut-off value for daily exposure to added sugars from all sources which is not associated with adverse health effects. CEFS continues to stress the importance of nutrition-related advice to be based on sound science, and looks forward [...]

On 6 March 2017 representatives of employers (CEFS) and workers (EFFAT – the European Federation of Food, Agriculture and Tourism Trade Unions) in the EU beet sugar sector met in a plenary meeting of the EU Sugar Sector Social Dialogue. The EU beet sugar industry is preparing for one of the biggest changes in its history: the end of production quotas on 1 October 2017. The end of quotas presents [...]

On 15 November 2016 the European Commission presented to the Agriculture and Fisheries Council the results of an economic study carried out by the Joint Research Centre on the “cumulative effects of concessions made in the context of free trade agreements on the EU agricultural sector.” The study covers the impact of 12 future trade agreements on the agri-food sector and their impact on producer prices and production volumes for [...]

On 4 November 2016 CEFS and EFFAT agreed to a joint statement on the revision of the Emissions Trading System for the fourth trading period (2021-2030). CEFS and EFFAT urge the European Parliament’s ENVI Committee to support the in/out approach of the European Commission over the alternative “tiered” approach. The full joint statement can be found here

At their annual working group meeting between trade unions and employers in the EU sugar sector, the social partners exchanged on the prospects and risks expected to accompany the end of the quota system in 2017. During the meeting, which was sponsored by the European Commission, it was highlighted that the reform of the sugar sector must be seen in the broader context not only of Common Agricultural Policy reform [...]

CEFS welcomes the EU Parliament’s ITRE Committee vote on the revision of the EU ETS. CEFS welcomes the results of today’s vote on the report of rapporteur Federley as the opinion for the revision of the EU ETS Directive[1]. The vote was supported by a significant majority of 45 MEPs which shows full support for the proposal. In particular, CEFS fully supports  the ITRE Committee’s adoption of  the Commission’s in/out approach [...]

EU beet sugar LCA Brochure  

In July 2015, the European Commission presented a legislative proposal on “cost-effective emission reduction and low-carbon investments” (COM (2015) 0337) to reduce by 43% the amount of EU greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) by 2030 for the sectors under EU ETS (reference year: 2005) for the 4th period (2021-2030). In view of the EU ETS revision, CEFS calls for the following points to be taken into account: > CEFS supports the [...]

        On 15 April 2016 the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) launched its campaign for 2016-17: Healthy Workplaces for All Ages. CEFS is an official campaign partner. The campaign succeeds the 2015-16 campaign (“Healthy Workplaces : Managing Stress”), of which CEFS was also an official campaign partner. Objectives of the campaign “Healthy Workplaces for All Ages” The 2016–17 Healthy Workplaces Campaign  has four [...]