The CEBP celebrates its Bakers and Confectioners European Evening at European Parliament in Brussels.
On 20th June, the CEBP (European Confederation of National Bakery and Confectionary Organizations) held its traditional Bakers and Confectioners European Evening at the European Parliament in Brussels.
The event offered the European bakery and confectionery professionals from different EU countries, in representation of over 190,000 companies and more than two million employees in the European sector, the opportunity to present their artisan products to the Members of the European Parliament (MEPs).
The host of the celebration was the German MEP Renate Sommer who highlighted the importance of the micro, small, and medium-sized European food industries and summarized the efforts that are made in collaboration with the CEBP to avoid that EU regulations become an obstacle for the survival of these companies.
CEBP President, Christian Vabret, explained why it is necessary to defend the artisanal bakery and confectionery:
- We are guarantors of the EU’s cultural heritage.
- Our products provide a low carbon footprint.
- We make the lives of Europeans happier.
- We reduce the depopulation of rural areas.
- We contribute to preserve diversity.
- And, above all, we are great promoters of youth employment.
He also presented the points that make this sector different from most food operators:
- We are local, closely linked to our territories.
- We are artists.
- We are sustainable.
- We offer the opportunity to work in two authentically artisan professions.
- We maintain the tradition but, at the same time, we constantly innovate.
With these thoughts in mind, all attendees of the event enjoyed the bakery and confectionery specialties from all over Europe.
* The CEBP – European Confederation of National Bakery and Confectionary Organizations – groups National Associations of Bakers and Confectioners of Germany, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Spain, Finland, France, Greece, Italy, Romania, Sweden and Switzerland. It represents the artisan bakery and bakery of the EU, grouping 190,000 micro, small and medium enterprises, which employ more than 2 million workers. In 2018 the CEBP, which has its executive headquarters in Madrid, celebrates its 40th anniversary.