EU Commissioner Andriukaitis Praises the Legacy of REFRESH Project on Food Waste Reduction

The European Union (EU) Health and Food Safety Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis congratulated the success of the REFRESH project as an outstanding research project with valuable results and impacts. The REFRESH project ended in June 2019 and in a video message, the Commissioner emphasised that thanks to the concrete actions and tools developed, the project results will continue to guide EU policy for food waste reduction.

Commissioner Andriukaitis pointed out that the extensive research done by the REFRESH project has helped “to understand complex questions on what drives food waste at consumer and business levels”. He mentioned the national Pilot Working Platforms set up in four EU countries represented an “excellent blueprint for members states to organise food waste prevention programmes by harnessing the power of public-private partnerships.”

According to Andriukaitis, the project’s holistic approach combined technological innovation, the design of voluntary agreements against food waste and the support for national implementation was “invaluable”. It will continue to help achieve the Sustainable Development Goal 12.3 of halving food waste in Europe. He said, “Personal investment of each one of us is required to meet the global challenge of halving food waste by 2030. But with the legacy of the REFRESH project, we are all better equipped to do so.”

Commissioner Andriukaitis himself was involved in several of the project ‘s events and activities. He highlighted that “the REFRESH workshops and conferences complemented the cooperative way of building solutions, providing innovative and interactive ways of deepening networks across all levels of society”. The Commissioner emphasised the power of such multi-layered cooperation must not be underestimated.

To watch the video message by Commissioner Andriukaitis, please click here.

To learn more about the REFRESH project Pilot Working Platform, which was hosted by the CSCP in Germany, click here.

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