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About Marie-Christine Ribera

As a dedicated European and in my capacity as Director-General of CEFS, I am advocating for a sweeter world. Over the past decade, I have been deeply involved in agriculture, environment and food policies of the European Union. I write and publish articles on food issues that are important to the sector and to me.
12 03, 2020

Sugar: a European richness we must protect

By |2020-03-12T15:35:48+00:00March 12th, 2020|

The European Association of Sugar Manufacturers (or CEFS, French acronym standing for Comité Européen des Fabricants de Sucre) is a non-profit organisation founded in 1953 to represent the interests of the European sugar industry, vis-à-vis international institutions with a view to creating a positive regulatory climate for our sector in all its dimensions: production, competitiveness, [...]

12 02, 2020

EU reformulation of food products: a bureaucratic approach to diet

By |2020-02-12T16:19:14+00:00February 12th, 2020|

Diet by its very nature is diverse. But the “good diet” relies upon a universal base: it must be balanced and provide a calorie intake regulated, if necessary, by physical activity. There is no bad diet. There are only bad dietary habits. It should also be noted that the more we stigmatize obesity, the more [...]

5 02, 2020

From the CAP to the Green Deal, or from the Green Deal to the CAP?

By |2020-02-05T09:15:52+00:00February 5th, 2020|

As the co-legislators struggle to move forward on the CAP reform, the Green Deal is emerging as the number one priority, perhaps even the single priority, of the European Commission. The question is: should we make the CAP more “green” or should we use the Green Deal to reshape the CAP completely? The first option [...]

5 02, 2020

Color codes, NutriScore, Labelling…

By |2020-02-05T09:02:46+00:00February 5th, 2020|

Informing too much? Not enough? Or informing correctly! To recycle a famous formula: "too much labelling kills labelling". The rules for food labelling in the EU were adopted in the large package of directives that led to the creation of the European Single Market. We are talking about the 1990s. At that happy time when [...]

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