The EU High Level Forum for a Better Functioning Food Supply Chain recently held its first meeting in Brussels, Belgium, where it reportedly discussed a work plan “to boost competitiveness and to promote best contractual practices in the European food sector.” Led by Internal Market and Services Commissioner Michel Barnier, Health and Consumer Policy Commissioner John Dalli, and Agricultural and Rural Development Commissioner Dacian CioloĊŸ, the initiative involves 45 representatives from member states, companies “dealing with food production, processing or distribution,” and nongovernmental public interest groups.

These participants are charged with following the recommendations of the High Level Group on the Competitiveness of the Agro-Food Industry and implementing the European Commission’s communication titled “A better functioning food supply chain in Europe” (COM (2009) 591). The forum will also feature several expert platforms focused on (i) “business to business contractual practices in the food supply chain,” (ii) “food price monitoring,” (iii) “competitiveness in the agro-food industry,” and (iv) “agro-logistics.” Expected to convene annually, the forum will conclude on December 31, 2012, when it will approve its final report. See Europa Press Release, November 16, 2010.