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Dropped EU restaurant ban on olive oil in jugs: "A last minute exit from the road to nonsense!” says the hospitality industry

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Dropped EU restaurant ban on olive oil in jugs:
"A last minute exit from the road to nonsense!”
says the European hospitality industry with relief

Brussels, 23 May 2013 – HOTREC, the business association representing the European hospitality industry, expressed today its relief following the European Commission’s announcement that a plan to ban the use of refillable olive oil jugs was withdrawn and criticised the lack of prior-consultation of the sector on the matter.

The European hospitality industry welcomes the Commission decision to withdraw the controversial plan to ban the use in hotels and restaurants of re-fillable containers for olive oil offered to the customers, as it considers that it would have meant extra-costs and extra-waste for the industry while bringing no real protection to the consumer. "The hospitality industry is currently one of the few industries that still creates jobs in many parts of Europe despite the economic crisis. We are therefore more than relieved by the withdrawal of a plan that could only have burdened further our industry” explains Kent Nyström, the President of HOTREC.

The European hospitality industry was also astonished by the lack of prior-consultation of the sector before the adoption of the now withdrawn EU plan. "This plan came as a total surprise since we were not even consulted by the European Commission. This is not acceptable and we clearly expect in the future to be invited to discuss beforehand any plan directly affecting the way restaurateurs run their businesses” further added Mr Nyström.

What is HOTREC?

HOTREC represents the hotel, restaurant and café industry at European level. This industry includes around 1,7 million businesses, of which 99.5% are small and medium sized enterprises (92% of them micro enterprises, i.e. employing fewer than 10 people). These businesses make up some 62% of industry value added. The hospitality industry provides some 9,5 million jobs in the EU alone. Together with the other tourism industries, the sector is the 3rd largest industry in Europe.

HOTREC brings together 44 national associations representing the sector in 27 different European countries.

For further information: PRESS CONTACT: Anna Maria Torres, CEO, + 32(0)2 513 63 23,