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U-turn of EU on restaurant ban on olive oil in jugs

European Union Agriculture Commissioner Dacian Ciolos performed a U-turn that spawned a string of Twitter gags and reaction. According to the New York Times, Prime Minister Mark Rutte of the Netherlands called it “too bizarre for words.” "This is exactly the sort of thing that Europe shouldn't even be discussing," said British Prime Minister David Cameron

A lot of magazines had reported the implementing Regulation 29/2012, including the requirement of anti-filler cap for bottles served by restaurants. All it presaged, including statements of Ciolos, but especially the vote, a simple majority (15 vs. 12) of the Committee for regulating the market so that the Commission gave the green light to take the final decision.

After the announcement, however, the Commission has decided to reverse. An announcement made on May 23 during a press conference in Brussels by Commissioner Ciolos. Following the broad debate sparked in the media of some countries, "I decided to withdraw the proposal," said Ciolos "We want to avoid consumers being tricked"

The aborted legislative requirements required the company to serve the oil in bottles labeled and capped antirabbocco. Below is the original text in French: "Les huiles mises à la disposition du consommateur final dans les établissements du secteur de l'hotel industry, de la restauration et des cafés, conditionnées sont dans un emballage pourvu d'un système d'ouverture here perd I am intégrité après sa première utilization et d'un système de protection here will allow pas sa réutilisation après l'épuisement du contenu original indiqué sur l'étiquette Liée à l'emballage, et comportent a étiquetage conforme aux articles 3 à 6. "

The Commissioner Ciolos justified the reverse arguing that consumers would not have supported the initiative, even giving rise to a massive press campaign against especially in Holland and England.

Cameron, the British prime minister had said in this regard: "This is exactly the kind of initiative that the European Union must refrain. Nor should it be placed on the table, to use a pun. "

To reignite the controversy the Dutch Prime Minister Rutte: "This is a bizarre proposal at a time like this. Only add new costs for catering and for controls. It would also be bad for the environment since it would no longer fill the bottles with a lot of waste glass. "

But we are sure that they really do not want consumers to the cap anti-topping? According to The Daily Telegraph part of the British government, in particular the Defra, the equivalent of our Ministry of Agriculture, had welcomed the anti-filler cap saying it was good for the consumer having the benefits of labeling and transparency letting them know that you would be activated for the respect of the rule.

by S. C.
03 june 2013, World News > Europe