Gonzalez-Quijano gave Timmermans a leather apron emblazoned with the words “Good Steaks – Good Leather”, which was intended to demonstrate the circularity of tanning and the leather supply chain, reminding the EU official of the recycled nature of leather.

The meeting was part of a multi-stakeholder project to bring together the livestock industry supply chain, European Livestock Voice, and presented the opportunity for Timmermans to open a dialogue with the industry on topics such as animal welfare, gas emissions and trade.

Timmermans said: “In livestock farming, solutions must focus on reducing emissions and creating an overall sustainable industry. In the future, we will need a sustainable livestock industry to feed 10 billion people.”

Source: La Conceria