Monitoring and reporting
On behalf of its members, ECA monitors and reports on regulatory developments of interest to the cocoa sector.
These cover a variety of areas: from food safety and quality to trade issues, transport, and customs.
In particular, ECA closely monitors the implementation and future development of EU legislation on contaminants and on pesticides. It does so by ensuring that results of the research conducted in collaboration with its partners feed into the decision-making process.
In addition, ECA reports on the state of play of negotiations on Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs), as well as the trade discussions between the EU and the Andean community and the ASEAN region. Customs issues such as the reform of the preferential Rules of Origin are also of utmost importance for the trade.
Finally, ECA monitors European policy on transport and any other public policy area that can be of interest for the members of the association.
The ECA Secretariat has developed strong links with the European Institutions and other European trade association in the trade & commodities sector. The association collaborates on various issues with representatives of Member States, third countries and international organisations, in Brussels and elsewhere. ECA makes its voice heard through open consultations launched by the services of the Commission and through face-to-face meetings with relevant stakeholders.
ECA members are informed of developments through the association’s Extranet as well as through regular updates and newsletters