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The EU must not change the comitology system to the detriment of innovation and the single market

Brussels, 13 February 2017

Joint Statement - We, European Associations representing a wide number of economic sectors affected directly or indirectly by comitology rules, consider that science-based decisions must be central to comitology to allow for legal and regulatory certainty in the EU.

Therefore, we urge the EU Commission:

  • to ensure proper and efficient implementation of existing EU legislation on comitology and improve legal certainty and predictability thus increasing the confidence of economic sectors in the EU system and allowing a better functioning of the single market and access of economic operators all along the chains to innovative products;
  • to keep science-based decision-making as a fundamental aspect of the areas ruled by comitology;
  • to consider the impact that moving away from a science-based system would have on research, innovation and investment in Europe;
  • to avoid any additional complexity in the comitology system that would risk increasing the number of steps required before a final decision is taken.

We fully agree with President Juncker that “Jobs, growth and investment will only return to Europe if we create the right regulatory environment and promote a climate of entrepreneurship and job creation. We must not stifle innovation and competitiveness with too prescriptive and too detailed regulations (…)”.

For this very reason, we need decision-making processes based on the best available science to promote growth, innovation, investment as well as consumer confidence and safety in the EU. Comitology rules have the potential to ensure the proper functioning of the EU internal market, and to boost innovation, jobs and growth.


AESGP - The Association of the European Self–Medication Industry
AMFEP - The Association of Manufacturers and Formulators of Enzyme Products
AVEC - European poultry meat business.
CELCAA - European Liaison Committee for Agricultural and Agri-Food Trade
COCERAL - European association representing the trade in cereals, rice, feedstuffs, oilseeds, olive oil, oils and fats and agrosupply
COPA-COGECA - Farmers and their cooperatives in the EU
ECPA - European Crop Protection Association
EDE - Energy Drinks Europe
EFFA - European Flavour Association
ENFEMA - European Manufacturers of Feed Minerals Association
ESA - European Seed Association
EuropaBio - European Association for Bio-industries
EUVEPRO - European Vegetable Protein Association
FEDIOL - EU vegetable oil and proteinmeal industry association
FEFAC - European Feed Manufacturers' Federation
FEFANA - EU Association of Specialty Feed Ingredients and their Mixtures
IFAH-Europe - International Federation of Animal Health - Europe
UECBV - European Livestock and Meat Trades Union


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