The College of Commissioners has today decided to register a European Citizens’ Initiative entitled ‘Eat ORIGINal! Unmask your food’. The stated objective of the proposed Citizens’ Initiative is to impose mandatory declarations of origin for all food products in order to prevent fraud, protect public health and guarantee consumers’ right to information.
The Commission has found that the non-taxation of certain McDonald’s profits in Luxembourg did not lead to illegal State aid, as it is in line with national tax laws and the Luxembourg-United States Double Taxation Treaty. At the same time, the Commission welcomes steps taken by Luxembourg to prevent future double non-taxation.
Results of the Committee’s vote on the adoption of the draft opinion are now available.
A public hearing will be held before the European Court of Justice in a case brought by 4 Greens/EFA MEPs against EFSA (the EU Food Safety Authority) for its refusal to provide the public with access to crucial studies regarding the impacts of glyphosate on human health. EFSA is supported in the court case by Monsanto and by Cheminova, whose lawyers will also speak at the hearing in Luxembourg. The hearing will take place on the 13th September at 14:30 and is open to anyone who wishes to attend.