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Brazil’s Cecafé addresses the coffee’s socio-environmental monitoring platform with the European Commission in Brussels

Brazil’s Cecafé addresses the coffee’s socio-environmental monitoring platform with the European Commission in Brussels

June 1 - 2024

Coffee Geography Magazine


The Brazilian Mission to the EU in Brussels organized an event in partnership with Cecafé on the possibility of Brazilian coffees being recognized as EUDR compliant. The presentation of the proven sustainability of Brazilian coffees and the existence of a tool to help importers certify this socio-environmental and economic respect for the activity in the country is becoming increasingly necessary as the European Union Regulation for Deforestation Free Products (EUDR) comes into force. 

The Brazilian Coffee Exporters Council (Cecafé) has been working on the issue since April 2023, when the European Parliament approved the law, which will enter into force on January 1, 2025. The most recent initiatives Cecafé carried out were in Brussels (BEL), the seat of the European Parliament, between April 22 and 26, to defend the sustainability of Brazilian coffee and its compliance with the EUDR.

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For the first time in history, an event coordinated by the Brazilian Mission in partnership with a private entity managed to bring together high-level decision-makers from the four main areas of the European Commission, such as the Directorates General (DGs) for Environment, Agriculture and Rural Development, International Partnerships and Trade, as well as envoys from the European Parliament, the European Space Agency (EUSPA), the Joint Research Center (JRC) and, above all, the authorities responsible for monitoring the EUDR in Germany, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Ireland and Slovenia.

On the occasion, Cecafé explained to these authorities the technical details, geo-location and socio-environmental data collection of the platform. It is asking for the EUDR rules to be more detailed and for the fines to be reduced for a period of one to three years so that the least prepared countries can adapt to the rule. 

Cecafé also ask for the recognition of Brazilian information systems and the respect of the laws of the countries of origin, such as the Forest Code and the constitutional rights related to land use in Brazil. After Cecafé’s explanation, the representative of the European Commission’s Directorate General for the Environment, Emanuele Pitto, praised the socio-environmental compliance formats of the Brazilian Coffees platform and invited Cecafé to make a presentation and participate in the debates of the EUDR multi-stakeholder platform. 

The Secretaries General of the European Coffee Federation (ECF) and the Swiss Coffee Trade Association (SCTA), Eileen Gordon and Krisztina Szalai, respectively, praised Cecafé’s work as a representative of Brazilian coffee at a critical level of the debate on the EUDR. 

They highlighted the fact that Brazil maintains synergies with international partners, that the country respond vigorously to concrete questions about challenges, and that it presents in a creative way the constant progress of Brazilian coffee, based on decades of investment in research, technology and innovation, among which they included, as the most recent item, the Cecafé-Serasa Experian Platform. 

The representatives of the Directorates-General for Agriculture and Rural Development and International Partnerships commented on the information and methodology for evaluating the Brazilian Forest Code, the Rural Environmental Registry (CAR) and the entire alert system included in the platform presented.

They confirmed the challenges of the EUDR and left open the possibility of flexibility and possible changes. The new European Parliament will take office in September, but there’s nothing to stop meetings being brought forward so that Cecafé can continue the debates after they take office. 

It was also possible for Brazil to open doors for dialogue with the authorities responsible for monitoring the EUDR in each country of the bloc, especially with Germany, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Ireland and Slovenia, who were present at the meeting. 

The use of the JRC map will be a quicker and easier way, but it is terrible in terms of deforestation alerts, in areas where coffee has been consolidated for decades, and this has been very well substantiated, in a technical way. 

As a counterbalance to not using the JRC map, Cecafé suggested that the countries of origin of the food affected by the EUDR could provide their own mapping, with greater accuracy.