EU ecolabel consultation results

28 Sep 2015

The European Commission's recent consultation on an EU ecolabel for fisheries and aquaculture products shows that the majority of respondents believe that the EU and other public bodies could play a role in ecolabelling, but views on their required type of involvement are less clear.

The consultation registered high levels of agreement with:

  • The EU helping set up international standards (74%)
  • The EU setting minimum standards for ecolabels (72%)
  • National authorities checking claims (70%)
  • There being control of certification bodies (70%)

However, respondents were more divided about creating a special EU ecolabel for fishery and aquaculture products.

The Commission is currently reviewing the role that public authorities could play in ecolabel schemes and the consultation was one step of this process. The questions centred on how and why participants use or do not use ecolabelled products and on ecolabel benefits and costs. Participants were also asked what role – if any – the EU should play in relation to ecolabel schemes.

The consultation was open from May to July 2015. It attracted 443 responses from 24 EU Member States and 12 non-EU countries, as well as eight position papers. Respondents included NGOs, professional organisations involved in fisheries and aquaculture, as well as certification schemes and members of the public.

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