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27. February 2018.

F&A Committee: Elections and Programme

FIC and Agriculture Committee elected new leadership and adopted two-year programme on February 27.

By unanimous vote, Milica Stefanovic, Senior Public Affairs and Communication Manager for Serbia, Macedonia and Montenegro in the Coca-Cola Company was re-elected as Committee President and Dragana Stikic, Regulatory and Scientific Affairs Manager for Adriatic Region in Nestle was elected as Vice President. We therefore use this opportunity to express our deepest gratitude to both Milica and Dragana for accepting the role­s of F&A Committee President and Vice President, thus committing themselves to two years of investing significant energy and efforts to the Food & Agriculture Committee work. We also express gratefulness to former VP Oliver Radosavljevic from Maric, Malisic & Dostanic for his engagement and expert contribution to the work of the committee during two years of his mandate.

Milica Stefanovic is involved in work of the Committee since its establishment and heads it since 2012. She is in Coca-Cola Company since 2007, where she has been working on industry alignment, implementation of corporate and industry policies and standards, creating strategies and coalitions for improvement of the legislative and industry playing field. Addressing committee members at the meeting, she clarified that one of her duties as a Committee President  is to coordinate the engagement of members and ensure that all the interested members are included in the work of Committee. 

Presenting herself at the meeting, new Committee Vice President Dragana Stikic said that she works for Nestle for 9 years, and is active within FIC in the past 4 to 5 years. As Regulatory and Scientific Affairs Manager for Adriatic Region in Nestle, she is responsible for ensuring that the products are in line with the regulation of the countries in the region. She outlined her expertise in the legislation in the region and EU, but also experience in the cooperation with the Ministries of Health and Agriculture and Serbian Chamber of Commerce on harmonization with the EU regulation and more generally on the law changes. “I hope that there is the chance to move things. Improvements may be slow, but they exist. With right people on right places we can do more”, she said.

Committee also re-adopted the previous Committee agenda as a framework for the activities for the next two years, with the possibility to amend it in future if needed. Members agreed that the Programme remains relevant for the industry and that within the priorities outlined, large number of concrete issues can be tackled. Two year programme focuses on the harmonisation with the EU and international standards and improving inspections in order to decrease complexity, obtain the same treatment of domestic producers and importers, and get consistency in implementation. Three priorities defined include: full harmonisation of Serbian regulation with EU, industry and international standards followed by consistent and transparent implementation; implementation of inspection controls based on risk analysis in order to reduce complexity and inconsistent application of procedures that lead to differing treatment of domestic producers vs. those who import all or part of their products or ingredients; and uniforming of import sampling/inspection procedures and requirements by introduction of referent institution to remove differences in implementation of the regulations.

At the meeting, info was conveyed from the Agriculture Ministry that FIC will get sufficient time to provide comments on the Draft Guide on Food Labelling.

 

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