DEFRA backs new Brussels red tape probe

By Michael Stones contact

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A new EU probe into cutting red tape is being backed by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), environment secretary Liz Truss told this website last week.

In an exclusive video interview, Truss disclosed that she had participated in a conference last week with a top Brussels official. “We just had a conference with agriculture commissioner Phil Hogan to talk about some of those issues​ [cutting red tape] in food and farming particularly.

“He is looking at simplification​ [of EU legislation] and we are putting in thoughts and ideas.”

‘The planning process’

Truss also said that the government’s decision to establish Food Enterprise Zones would help to cut red tape and ease the launch of new food and drink businesses. “These enable local authorities to put in clear guidance about planning, so buildings can be put up without necessarily going through the planning process.

“So, it should be easier in designated areas to start up food business and link through the food chain.”

50 Food stars

The video interview was filmed during a meeting at DEFRA headquarters in central London to launch 50 Food stars – a celebration of 50 of the UK’s most promising food and drink entrepreneurs.

Hosting the showcase, Truss said the businesses were contributing to the revival of the UK food and drink sector. Last year the food chain generated a £103bn for the UK economy, she added.

The event on Thursday February 26 included training workshops for the top 50 entrepreneurs from former Sainsbury ceo Justin King and the md of Britain’s largest independent cheese producer Richard Clothier of Wyke Farms.

Read more about the 50 Food stars here​. 

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