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EU food quality schemes: have your say!

The European Commission’s Directorate General for Agriculture and Rural Development (DG AGRI) published a new roadmap on quality schemes. The roadmap’s purpose is to assess how effective, efficient, relevant and consistent quality schemes are regarding the protection of food and agricultural products.

Within its agricultural quality policy, the European Union protects different products thanks to quality schemes. These schemes aim at protecting specific origins, manufacture processes and traditional know-how of the following products: foodstuffs, spirit drinks, wines and aromatised wines, and their use is regulated under four corresponding EU legislative acts.

As presented in the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre policy report from 2013 “Labelling of agricultural and food products of mountain farming”, about one third of PDO and PGI products registered are fully or significantly located in mountain areas, conducting to a higher concentration of these products in mountain territories than in lowlands. Thus, mountain farming deserved to be mentioned in the feedbacks, to highlight the contributions of GIs to the promotion of mountain products but also to point out limits and issues linked to these quality schemes.

The deadline to contribute is May 27, 2019. For more information on the consultation process and guidance on participation, please see our article (for members only).

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10 May 2019

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Yesterday at @EUparliament, @Franc_Bogovic hosted the first event of the #SmartVillages intergroup - MEPs and other stakeholders working together on innovative solutions for Europe's sparsely populated, mountainous and rural areas!
➡️ https://t.co/0V9aYsBLnl

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The #EuropeanParliament with @Franc_Bogovic and key stk groups has launched the intergroup on #smartvillages for Rural Communities to discuss how to bring forward this exiting concept in rural areas to combat depopulation and achieve modern and sustainable rural communities https://t.co/gAvkYAfa1L

Today, the FREE Initiative participated in the inaugural meeting of the Intergroup #SMARTVillages for Rural Communities at the @EUparliament in #Strasbourg . Thank you @Franc_Bogovic and @EnginEroglu_FW for hosting this event! #RuralEnergyMatters https://t.co/vI1YacYj6g

Tomorrow, the #FREEInitiative, with @Euromontana @sspa_network @ruraleurope @_CEJA_ and MEPs @Franc_Bogovic and @EnginEroglu_FW, will host the inaugural meeting of the Intergroup #SMARTVillagesForRuralCommunities in #Strasbourg Info: https://t.co/XushWz16rv

. @EURAC published a study on transfers of #ecosystem services. It shows a high demand for mountains' ressources, from water to places for outdoor activities, but also says a lot about rural-urban linkages in mountain areas 👇
https://t.co/azFsWOyKxR

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