Also of current concern across Europe are the new requirements for food labelling, which span a number of issues, including cross-contamination and food-safe inks. This is another area where FINAT has canvassed all the national associations for their views on the legislation and any adverse effects it may have on their business, particularly in terms of their own region. National associations have been asked whether they believe this is an arena where FINAT should take action in Brussels.
The value of a central information resource that’s both expert and up-to-the-minute cannot be overstated. We realise that it’s difficult for individual companies to devote the necessary time and effort to establishing a practical action agenda in this arena. This is an illustration of the way in which the national associations are working with FINAT to define harmonised regional working plans that comply with pan-European legislation like the European Packaging Directive and REACH.’
Looking to the future, the NAB today has a long list of ‘wants’ that can be achieved through an ever-strengthening European network. These include for example the development of an environmental certification scheme; setting up an industry educational programme for universities; increasing the profile of FINAT and the national label associations at end-user level. I see these and many other agenda items as part of a larger strategic vision of the future relationship between the national associations and FINAT. As a board, we are examining, and debating on, some significant options for tomorrow. We are now establishing the joined-up infrastructure that’s best suited to promoting and developing our industry and its special technology.