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Traceability must be increased at all stages of the supply chain, says Commissioner Vĕra Jourová

“There is a strong need to increase product traceability throughout the supply chain,” said Commissioner Vĕra Jourová (Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality) during a conference on PSMS organised by the S&D Group of the European Parliament. A high-level meeting of Commissioners is expected to make progress on a potential compromise solution. Most participants shared the view that mandatory marking of origin and strong provisions on product traceability must be included in the final text.

Industry is split with some, including textile companies arguing in favour of mandatory marking of origin to protect European know-how and jobs and more export oriented companies arguing against.

The conference was meant to underline the importance of the dossier from the point of view of MEPs against the background of the deadlock in council, where MS are divided over the mandatory marking of origin.

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