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Country of origin markings needed to protect consumers and render production processes ethical

17/01/2013

Country of origin markings needed to protect consumers and render production processes ethical

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GUE/NGL MEP Helmut Scholz has called on the Commission to take on board the European Parliament's position when it comes to drafting new proposals on country of origin product marking.

In a plenary debate today, he commented:
"European citizens have a right to know where products come from. I urge the Commission to work with the WTO to modernise international trade rules."

He also outlined that country of origin markings were only a starting point, and that moves should be made towards full certification:
"Citizens want to know more than just the name of the country of origin so this can only be a first step. In today's increasingly integrated world economy it is important for consumers, regardless of a product's country of origin, that social and human rights were respected during the production process. We need certification that ensures products are not harmful to health and that they have been produced in an environmentally-friendly manner."

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