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Joint Statement: Comitology Reform Threatens Innovation

The European Associations representing a wide number of economic sectors affected directly or indirectly by comitology rules, re-iterate the request for timely, reliable authorisations of safe products, based on the best available science from the EU’s own risk assessment agencies. Such decisions are central for innovation, continued investments, jobs and growth, as well as consumer confidence and safety in the EU. Innovation, in turn, is critical to achieving the goals of the European Green Deal and the EU’s industrial strategy.

We regret that the changes to the comitology system proposed by the Commission would not help on any of the above goals, nor are they likely to promote social acceptance of innovation. Instead, the proposed changes would make the processes for product authorisations even more complex and less predictable.


The Plenary of the European Parliament is expected to vote on 16 December 2020 on an amended version of the Commission’s proposal which would revert the logic from currently ‘approve when safe’ to ‘approve only when popular’. Concretely, amendments 5, 7, and 16 would enable a minority of Member States to block authorisations of products, even if their safety is confirmed by the risk assessment agencies. This would make authorisations of certain products de facto impossible and would undermine science-based decision-making processes.

Therefore, we disagree with the proposed comitology reform and urge decision-makers in particular to reject the legal affairs committee’s amendments 5, 7 and 16.

Joint statement from 33 transport sector players - COVID-19 | Transport keeps us going

On 11 March 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the COVID-19 a pandemic and governments worldwide have taken wide-ranging measures to contain the spread of the virus. The European associations representing transport, infrastructure managers, operators, workers in all transport modes and logistics, contractors, local and regional authorities, logistics service providers, shippers, users and equipment suppliers in the maritime, port, inland waterways, railways, road, cycling, aviation and intermodal sectors, as well as supporting industries and companies, jointly endorse the following statement:

UNISTOCK elects new president and vice-president

UNISTOCK Europe, the European association of professional portside storekeepers for Agribulk commodities within the European Union, elected a new President and Vice-President during its Annual General Assembly held in Rouen in June 2019.

The new President – Andrés Gomez Bueno, Director General of Groupo Gof, and the Vice-President – Frank Peeters, Managing Director of Eurosilo, will fulfill a three-year mandate running until June 2022.

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Gilles Kindelberger appointed President of Unistock Europe

Gilles Kindelberger, Chief Operating Officer of Sénalia Group was elected President of Unistock by the General Assembly of the 2nd June in London. Succeeding Julian Scott, Gilles will serve a three year term till 2019. Over these years, Gilles Kindelberger actively contributed serving the export of grain and therefore the whole agricultural sector.

Julian Scott appointed President of Unistock Europe

Unistock Europe has announced the election of Julian SCOTT as President of Unistock Europe. Director of Clarkson Port Services since 2010, the world's leading provider of integrated shipping services, and Chairman of Unistock UK from 2006 until 2012, Julian succeeds Andrés GOMEZ BUENO and will serve a three-year term till 2016.

DBTG - Unistock: Memorandum for Cooperation

The International Dry Bulk Terminals Group and Unistock signed on September 17th 2011 a Memorandum of Understanding to consolidate their cooperation in areas of common interest.