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Joint COCERAL, FEDIOL, and FEFAC Reaction to the European Parliament vote on the Deforestation Regulation

Date

13 Sep 2022

Sections

Agriculture & Food

 

Following the European Parliament’s plenary vote on the Deforestation Regulation,  COCERAL, FEDIOL, and FEFAC regret that the outcome falls short of the  ambition to tackle global deforestation and risks fuelling supply chain  shortages and price inflation in the EU.  

Furthermore, the approach taken by the European Parliament disincentivises action against deforestation globally and particularly in high-risk areas due to: 

  • The requirement of traceability to plot, which is currently not feasible for many  smallholders and risks causing their exclusion from supply chains. • The country benchmarking system, which will lead companies to source away  from high-risk areas as part of their risk avoidance strategy.  

The lack of alternatives to traceability to plot for soy and palm products in  combination with some of the trade disruptive measures adopted by the European  Parliament will most likely affect the availability of these commodities in the EU and  thereby contribute to inflationary pressures on these commodities and the food and  non-food products that contain them. 

Given that the European Commission, European Parliament, and Council have not  sufficiently considered the practical challenges operators and their suppliers will face  when it comes to the proposed traceability and chain of custody requirements, we  urge all three institutions to work with supply chain actors to identify  solutions to minimise all the foreseen negative impacts. We also stress the need  for pilot programmes to test the implementation of the proposed requirements across  relevant countries in order to identify appropriate solutions against the practical  challenges we have previously highlighted.  

We continue to strive for a Regulation that will work in practice and remain open and  available for further dialogue during the trialogue discussions. 

 

 

 

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