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Parliamentary questions
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13 July 2017
Question for written answer E-004762-17
to the Commission
Rule 130
Biljana Borzan (S&D)

 Subject:  Validation of self-regulation efforts on alcohol labelling mandated by the report on alcohol labelling
 Answer in writing 

The Commission has published its long overdue report on alcohol labelling(1) which states that the arguments to exempt alcoholic beverages from the food information regulation are no longer valid.

In the report, the Commission has given the industry sector one year to provide a labelling scheme that gives consumers the same information on alcoholic beverages as for any other foodstuff. Consumers have the right to know what they are consuming, and it is therefore important that the new practices, either an industry code or other forms of regulation, ensure that the information complies with Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011 and appears on all products.

1. How and when will the Commission evaluate and assess the industry codes?

2. Will the Commission also seek other stakeholders’ views on these proposals?

3. What level of compliance from all industry actors in Europe does the Commission regard as satisfactory?

(1)COM(2017) 0058.

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