French EU Presidency

January marks the start of the French EU Presidency, with 3 main priorities that include: (i) Europe’s sovereignty; (ii) Climate, Social and Digital transition; and (iii) Europe for 2030: investment, values, youth, culture and health. The French Presidency will also wrap up the process of the Conference on the Future of Europe.

The French Presidency programme can be viewed from the following link: en_programme-pfue-v1-2.pdf (

Declaration on European Digital Rights and Principles

As outlined in the 2030 Digital Compass, the EU is looking at digitally transforming Europe by 2030 in line with European values. In line with this strategy, the European Commission is proposing to define a set of principles for a human centred digital transformation in a declaration of European Digital Rights and Principles.

The principles include the following categories: (i) People at the centre, (ii) Solidarity and inclusion, (iii) Freedom of choice, (iv) Participation, (v) Safety and Security, and (vi) Sustainability.

For more information see: Declaration on European Digital Rights and Principles | Shaping Europe’s digital future (

Revision of EU legislation on Food and Alcohol Beverage information to Consumers:

In line with the Farm to Fork Strategy, the European Commission is targeting the entire food chain and looking at empowering consumers through labelling information to make more sustainable choices and reduce food waste. The consultation looks at gathering input on preferred consumer choices for front of pack nutrition labelling, on extending the mandatory inclusion of origin information on certain products, and a reflection on the use of date marking such as ‘use by’ or ‘best before’.

Should you wish to contribute your feedback visit: Food labelling – revision of rules on information provided to consumers (

The deadline for contributions is 7th March.

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