Innovation in the farming and food sector is a vital issue to which Europe will need to devote significant attention and energy in the coming years, said David Byrne, EU Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection. At the Informal Agriculture Council in Nyborg today [Tuesday], Byrne said he regards it as essential in relation to food safety, tracability, food quality, new products and animal welfare. European policies look to further development on the basis of increased interaction between enterprise, research and consumer policies.