Labour MEPs welcome a victory for common sense over oil jug ban

olive oil jugLabour MEPs have welcomed moves by the European Commission to reverse a decision made to ban reusable and refillable olive oil containers in restaurants after EU ministers could not agree on the issue.

After pressure from Labour MEPs the European Commission announced they would not be adopting the legislation which was due to come into force from January 2014.

In a statement today the EU Commissioner for Agriculture Dacian Ciolos confirmed that the Commission would not adopt the rules as it was clear the moves did not have widespread support from consumers.

Labour MEPs had written to the Commission earlier in the week saying that the initial decision represented a completely disproportionate response to the problem of fraud in the marketing of olive oil, and asked what the Commission planned to do to rectify the situation.

Labour’s leader in the European Parliament, Glenis Willmott MEP said:  “Today’s announcement from the Commission answers the questions we put before them at the beginning of the week.”

“This was clearly an ill-thought through decision, and today’s u-turn is definitely a victory for common sense.”

Glenis added  “The decision made last week was clearly a bad one, so the Commission decision today is very welcome.”

“However, questions do need to be asked as to why the UK government abstained on this legislation when the issue first arose.”

“Labour MEPs have worked hard to put pressure on the Commission and block these disproportionate measures, if only UK government ministers had been more alert to the problem then we wouldn’t have had to rectify the problem.”

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