Food Law News - EU - 2001

Commission Document (DOC/01/18), 15 December 2001

FOOD LAW / EUROPEAN FOOD AUTHORITY - Presidency Conclusions European Council meeting in Laeken 14 and 15 December 2001

The following are two extracts from the published conclusions of the Council meeting. For two press reports, see
17 December 2001.

Sustainable development and quality of life

36. The European Union has sought to respond to people's expectations regarding health, consumer protection, safety and quality of life. The European Council especially welcomes the setting up of the European Food Authority, the European Air Safety Agency and the European Maritime Safety Agency. The Commission will very shortly be submitting a proposal for setting up a European Railway Safety Agency. The European Council notes the adoption of a number of texts seeking to increase consumer protection in the areas of product safety, indebtedness, the standards applicable to blood products and the prudent use of antimicrobial agents in human medicine.

Development Cooperation

57. Pending overall agreement on the seats of certain agencies, the Food Authority and Eurojust will be able to begin operations in Brussels and The Hague respectively. If the institution of European Public Prosecutor is established, its seat will be determined in accordance with the provisions of the Decision of 8 April 1965.

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