NOVE supports European Sugar Refineries Association to launch new study
The European Sugar Refineries Association presented the data in the European Parliament last week
On 30 January, the European Sugar Refineries Association (ESRA) presented a study on access to raw materials in the EU cane refining sector. A roundtable event in the European Parliament, hosted by MEP Sofia Ribeiro and organised by NOVE, focused on the topic “EU free trade agreements – a fair balance on agricultural market access?”
The event brought together representatives of the European Parliament, the European Commission (including John Clarke, Director – Directorate A: International at DG AGRI), representatives of EU Member States, third country representatives from Brazil and Australia, and industry stakeholders.
At the event, ESRA presented its new study, prepared together with NOVE. The study gathers compelling evidence of the need to provide access to raw materials to the sector, through the inclusion of duty-free tariff-rate quotas on raw sugar in EU trade agreements. The study makes clear that without such actions, Europe’s cane sugar refiners face a perilous future.