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terça-feira, 9 de janeiro de 2018

Food and drink industry calls for ‘functioning’ single market, Brexit certainty

90% of revenue from EU food and drink sales comes from within the single market.
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The 289,000 companies in the EU food chain generate an annual turnover of more than €1 trillion and provide some 4.2 million jobs, making food and drink the bloc’s biggest manufacturing sector.

The industry grew by 3.4% from 2012-2013 and is on track to meet its target of 2.5-3.5% annual growth by 2025.

But in a new report, FoodDrinkEurope, the trade association representing the sector at EU level, has warned policymakers that barriers to the single market, which it describes as “one of the EU’s greatest achievements”, as well as the uncertainty surrounding the UK’s withdrawal from the EU, have put the industry’s growth at risk.

In its report, FoodDrinkEurope warned that differing interpretations of EU law by different countries create unnecessary problems for companies and urged the European Commission to produce a comprehensive single market strategy to ensure that rules are enforced correctly and coherently across the bloc.
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