European Beer Consumer's Union urges politicians to protect choice
May 13, 2004 - A new European Beer Consumer's Union manifesto calls on European election candidates to support consumer choice. David Bowe, Labour Euro candidate for Yorkshire and Humber, unveiled the campaign at a pub in Leeds.
"Europe's long history of producing excellent beers for local tastes is under threat as large multinational brewers seek to encourage us all to drink the same bland international brands," said Mike Benner, Head of Campaign for CAMRA (The Campaign for Real Ale). "The EU has a vital role to play in protecting choice and promoting consumer rights."
Consumers urge the European Union to:
- Oppose brewery mergers that undermine competition and consumer choice.
- Push for excise duty on beer to be reduced in high beer tax member states, such as Britain.
- Strengthen consumer protection by promoting ingredients listing on beer and by outlawing the practice of serving short beer measures.
Bowe, said: "As a long time member of CAMRA - and as someone who has been proud to promote many of our excellent Yorkshire ales within Europe - I believe that the EU has an important role to play in protecting the diversity of locally-produced food and drink across different countries and regions."
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