Beginning Tuesday, 31 January 2017 18:00
End Tuesday, 31 January 2017 20:00
Location Boulevard Bischoffsheim 11, 1000, Brussels, Belgium
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Country of origin labelling: a question of transparency or nationalism?

From January 2017, France will be trailing mandatory country of origin labelling for processed meat and dairy products. More European countries, such as Italy, Greece, Finland, Lithuania and Portugal, are now requesting similar procedures to guarantee trust and transparency to consumers. The opponents lament the negative impact the country of origin labelling would have on the EU Single Market. 

The Food, Health and Consumers Task Force is delighted to welcome you to discuss food labelling with Renate Sommer, MEP EPP, Camille Perrin, Senior Food Policy Officer at The European Consumer Rights Organisation BEUC and Alexander Anton, Secretary General at European Dairy Association (EDA).


Dr. Renate Sommer is a German Christian Democrat MEP since 1999 and member of the EPP Group in the European Parliament. She is member of the Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety, of the Committee on Foreign Affairs and of the EU-Turkey Joint Parliamentary Committee. She is the EPP Standing Rapporteur on Turkey and the expert on food safety of her group. She was leading on important food dossiers, e.g. the “Health Claims Regulation” and the FIC Regulation.


Camille Perrin is Senior Food Policy Officer at BEUC, The European Consumer Organisation, where she deals with a variety of issues pertaining to EU food law, including European legislation on food labelling, food hygiene and safety, food additives, novel foods, etc. Before joining BEUC five years ago, she worked as Scientific & Regulatory Affairs Manager for an agri-food trade association, following EU and international (Codex Alimentarius) regulatory developments relating to food and feed law. She holds a M.Sc. in Food Science and Technology from the National School of Agronomy of Nancy (France) and a M.Sc. in Nutrition from Montpellier University (France).


Since October 2013 Alexander Anton (French and German nationalities) heads as Secretary General the European Dairy Association (EDA), the voice of the milk processing industry in Europe. Prior to this appointment, Anton held different positions in Brussels. From 2008 to 2013, he was in charge of the European corporate affairs department of Elanco, the veterinarian branch of the U.S. pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly. Before, Anton worked as an EU Commission official in DG SANCO directorate "safety of the food chain", responsible for food law and food labelling. Anton also worked at the Research Institute for German and European Food Law and established and headed the Brussels liaison office of a German trade association. He holds law degrees from the universities of Bayreuth (Bavaria) and Bordeaux (France).                    

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MEP - EPP - DE | European Parliament

Dr Renate Sommer is a German Christian Democrat MEP since 1999 and member of the EPP Group in the European Parliament. She is member of the Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety, of the Committee on Foreign Affairs and of the EU-Turkey Joint Parliamentary Committee. She is the EPP Standing Rapporteur on Turkey and the expert on food safety of her group. She was leading in important food dossiers, e.g. the “Health Claims Regulation” and the FIC Regulation. She is an Agricultural Scientist (Dipl.-Ing. agr.), did her Doctorate on consumer behaviour in buying food at the University of Bonn and worked as a scientific assistant at Bonn University and at the “Rural Youth Academy” of the German Farmers Union. Since four decades she is active in politics on the local, regional and national level. She was a City Counsellor and during the last two parliamentary terms member of the National Committee on Food and Agriculture of her party. She is member of the Board of Directors of the Max Planck-Institute in Cologne and President of the EP Beer Club. She received several honours from the German Food Sector and was honoured by the Church of Cyprus with the Golden Medal of Saint Paul.

Senior Food Policy Advisor | Bureau Européen des Unions de Consommateurs (BEUC)

Camille Perrin is Senior Food Policy Officer at BEUC, The European Consumer Organisation, where she deals with a variety of issues pertaining to EU food law, including European legislation on food labelling, food hygiene and safety, food additives, novel foods, etc. Before joining BEUC five years ago, she worked as Scientific & Regulatory Affairs Manager for an agri-food trade association, following EU and international (Codex Alimentarius) regulatory developments relating to food and feed law. She holds a M.Sc. in Food Science and Technology from the National School of Agronomy of Nancy (France) and a M.Sc. in Nutrition from Montpellier University (France).

Secretary-General | European Dairy Association

Since October 2013 Alexander Anton (French and German nationalities) heads as Secretary General the European Dairy Association (EDA), the voice of the milk processing industry in Europe. Prior to this appointment, Anton held different positions in Brussels. From 2008 to 2013, he was in charge of the European corporate affairs department of Elanco, the veterinarian branch of the U.S. pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly. Before, Anton worked as an EU Commission official in DG SANCO directorate "safety of the food chain", responsible for food law and food labelling. Anton also worked at the Research Institute for German and European Food Law and established and headed the Brussels liaison office of a German trade association. He holds law degrees from the universities of Bayreuth (Bavaria) and Bordeaux (France).

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