Colombia works with Europe to promote the implementation of sustainable practices in the agro-industrial sector to increase exports to the European Union
Bogota hosted the presentation of the work to be carried out with the Colombian Ministry of Trade, Industry and Tourism (MinCIT), through ProColombia, by Spain and Italy.
This collaboration is carried out within the framework of the European AL-INVEST project and aims to promote the implementation of sustainable practices in the Colombian agro-industrial sector in order to meet the requirements of the European market in terms of sustainability, which will maintain and increase exports to the European Union.
The products prioritised are coffee, cocoa, cane sugar, palm oil, flowers and fresh fruit, and natural ingredients. This work will allow Colombian companies working with these products to learn about the European regulations affecting exports and receive support to adapt to their compliance.
“The aim of this work is to improve compliance and adaptation to the European Green Pact of seven Colombian agro-exporting sectors that have a high export quota to the EU, so they can potentially be affected by the new European market regulations if the appropriate measures are not adopted”, said the director of one of the components of the AL-INVEST Verde project, Emilio Calvo, during the presentation.
For his part, the EU ambassador to Colombia, Gilles Bertrand, stressed that “the European Union is already Colombia’s leading destination for agricultural exports”, and added that “with this initiative, we are working to ensure that more sustainable and quality products from the Colombian countryside reach European tables”.
Also present at the inauguration were the Vice-Minister of Foreign Trade of the MinCIT, Luis Felipe Quintero; the Vice-President of Exports of ProColombia, Juliana Villegas; the Director of the Trade Section of the Colombian Mission to the EU, Gabriel Duque; the International Relations Officers of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for the Environment, Morgane Dejean and Simone Ravanelli; as well as institutional representatives of the Colombian Government, the EU and the coffee, cane, cocoa and palm sectors.
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