The bill relating to the coordination of food policy was presented on Wednesday by the Minister of Agriculture, Romain Schneider, and the Minister of Consumer Protection, Paulette Lenert.
The ministers want more coherence and coordination with regard to food in Luxembourg.
A new legal framework will make it possible to deal with important issues and major challenges such as climate protection and the fight against waste. The Minister of Agriculture, Romain Schneider, explains:
“To show how important food really is. But also focus on safety. We are also looking more and more for sustainability: short paths. It can also help the producer to find a comment shorten his way to the customer. “
In this context, a food policy council made up of 24 members from different food sectors and civil society will be set up in the coming months. The objective is to coordinate the positions of the various stakeholders in the food sector, both at the political level and those in the field.
We are waiting for a maximum of ideas which could then be integrated into a national food policy, according to Paulette Lenert, Minister of Consumer Protection.
“The Food Policy Council will be a separate advisory body. Opinions may be requested. But he can also take his own initiatives, where we expect a lot of discussions, that project ideas emerge. It’s basically a kind of think thanks. “
An interdepartmental commission will also be created to support the food strategy of the Ministry of Agriculture. It will also be responsible for coordinating initiatives relating to food policy objectives.
Consumers, producers and all other actors working in the food sector should benefit. This will create more transparency so that everyone can determine where what they are eating comes from. The project should facilitate the transition to healthy, quality and environmentally friendly food.
The draft law and the two Grand-Ducal regulations have already been adopted by the Council of Ministers at the beginning of September.