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21 October 2019
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Preliminary agreement on the proposal for a Regulation on General Food Law

A major legislative file taken over and managed by the National Sanitary Veterinary and Food Safety Authority (ANSVSA) during the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union is the proposal for a Regulation on General Food Law.

On February 11, the European Parliament and the Council reached a preliminary agreement on Commission’s proposal, submitted in April last year, to amend the General Food Law Regulation.

This is an achievement of the ANSVSA’s team of experts who carried out intense negotiations in three trialogue meetings, the Parliament, the Council and the Commission, and eight technical meetings taking place since January 1 when Romania took over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union in the veterinary and food safety fields.

The proposal is seeking to reflect the European citizens’ initiative and increase transparency in food chain risk assessment in the EU, strengthen the reliability, objectivity and independence of the European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) and review the governance of this institution to ensure its long term sustainability. The proposal also meets the requirements under the Fitness Check of the General Food Law, which was concluded in January 2018.

This is a materialisation of the EU desideratum to guide the future food safety strategies towards an improved way to solve key issues in the EU, such as: crisis management, the use of risk assessment tools in decision-making and risk communication.

The goal is to set up a joint European database comprising all the studies commissioned by companies in substantiating their authorisation files.

The draft rules that would ensure transparency and independence in the food safety risk assessment procedure in the EU were provisionally agreed with the Romanian Presidency.

In terms of procedure, this agreement is going to be endorsed in the Committee of Permanent Representatives, then submitted for approval to the European Parliament and finally sent back to the Council for its final adoption.

The new rules will come into force as of the 20th day after publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.

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