EU: Alcohol Labelling Report Questioned In Parliament
Member of the European Parliament Biljana Borzan (S&D) has submitted a question for written answer to the European Commission in response to the European Commission report on alcohol labelling.
Mrs Borzan is a Croatian MEP with the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament (S&D) and a member of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety.
“Validation of self-regulation efforts on alcohol labelling mandated by the report on alcohol labelling”
The Commission has published its long overdue report on alcohol labelling which states that the arguments to exempt alcoholic beverages from the food information regulation are no longer valid.
In the report, the Commission has given the industry sector one year to provide a labelling scheme that gives consumers the same information on alcoholic beverages as for any other foodstuff. Consumers have the right to know what they are consuming, and it is therefore important that the new practices, either an industry code or other forms of regulation, ensure that the information complies with Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011 and appears on all products.
- How and when will the Commission evaluate and assess the industry codes?
- Will the Commission also seek other stakeholders’ views on these proposals?
- What level of compliance from all industry actors in Europe does the Commission regard as satisfactory?”
European Commission reaction
The European Commission has not yet replied and explained how it intends to proceed after its report on alcohol labelling. Following a two-year delay, the European Commission presented its proposal on alcohol labelling on March 13, 2017, giving the alcoholic industry an additional year to come up with a “self-regulatory” proposal.
For further reading:
REPORT FROM THE COMMISSION TO THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND THE COUNCIL regarding the mandatory labelling of the list of ingredients and the nutrition declaration of alcoholic beverages (COM/2017/0058)
This report is based on data collected by the Commission through Member States and stakeholders consultations.