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Agriculture & Food 26-10-2016

Éric Andrieu: 'The CAP has been disastrous for jobs'

SPECIAL REPORT / A European Parliament report calls on the EU to target subsidies at small and medium-sized businesses and promote short supply chains and organic food in order to boost employment in the agricultural sector. EurActiv France reports.
Agriculture & Food 25-10-2016

Mapping farm fields systems could be ‘better used’, EU auditors say

The European Court of Auditors urged the European Commission to avoid “unnecessarily complicated” rules for mapping EU farm fields eligible for direct payments from the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and wherever possible “simplify the system”.
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Transport 25-10-2016

Farmers want the brakes put on ‘costly’ push for ABS in tractors

SPECIAL REPORT / European Commission plans to force tractors to have anti-lock braking systems (ABS) are unnecessarily expensive for manufacturers and based on inaccurate analysis, EU farmers and machinery industry representatives have warned.
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Agriculture & Food 24-10-2016

New CAP struggling to improve farmers’ resilience

SPECIAL REPORT / Since the launch of the new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) in 2015, the EU’s farmers have suffered a string of crises. The CAP’s greening measures have helped farmers maintain their revenue, but the questions of job creation and access to land have proved harder to answer. EurActiv France reports.
Agriculture & Food 24-10-2016

Growth and jobs: Where does the CAP stand?

The latest reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) placed the emphasis on greening aspects and continued the move away from production-oriented subsidies.
Agriculture & Food 20-10-2016

The EU’s promotion of meat consumption is misguided, Mr Hogan

Ever since he took office, Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan has promoted the interests of the livestock sector while ignoring health warnings and environmental concerns over meat consumption, writes Olga Kikou.
Agriculture & Food 19-10-2016

Central Europe discovers the potential of bioeconomy

Today, bioeconomy is a necessity, said Slovak Minister of Agriculture Gabriela Matečná. Central and Eastern Europe is still lagging behind in its uptake, but the key to the transition may be in the regions. EurActiv Slovakia reports.
Agriculture & Food 19-10-2016

Digital platform investment can protect agricultural jobs

Small and medium-sized enterprises are a focal point in shaping enterprise policy in the EU. The European Commission considers SMEs and entrepreneurship as key to ensuring economic growth, innovation, job creation and social integration, writes Franc Bogovič.
Energy 19-10-2016

The EU’s dangerous biomass delusion

Bioenergy advocates claim that Europe’s forests are well managed and don’t contribute to global warming. Yet, biomass production in Europe is projected to rely more and more on materials that have a high risk of increasing greenhouse gas emissions, writes Linde Zuidema.
Agriculture & Food 17-10-2016

Hogan: Farmers have to seek 'alternatives' for post-Brexit world

European Commissioner for Agriculture Phil Hogan has warned Spanish farmers they will "have to find alternative markets" once the UK leaves the EU. The bloc has increased its budget for finding new market opportunities as a result. EurActiv Spain reports.
Transport 14-10-2016

Commission admits policing biofuels according to public opinion

The European Commission’s proposal for a gradual phase-out of conventional biofuels was based on public opinion, an EU official admitted.
Agriculture & Food 13-10-2016

GMO experts: 'It's an emotional debate, but not an irrational one'

The High Council of Biotechnology (HCB) held a conference on the implementation of the EU's GMO rules. HCB President Christine Noiville and Frans Brom, a member of the Dutch government’s scientific council, answered EurActiv France’s questions on the subject.

UK & Europe 13-10-2016

Marmite taken off UK shelves as Brexit bites

British staple Marmite was taken off the virtual shelves at supermarket Tesco on Thursday, following a reported row with supplier Unilever over pricing after the pound plummeted on fears over the UK's Brexit plans.
Trade & Society 11-10-2016

Spanish wine and meat sales to feel the pinch of Brexit

The United Kingdom's withdrawal from the EU could have a “serious impact” on Spanish meat and wine exports, according to a report by Farm Europe. EurActiv Spain reports.
Euro & Finance 07-10-2016

Animal welfare deserves better from investment policy

International finance institutions and member state export credit agencies continue to invest in projects outside the EU involving cruel farm animal confinement systems banned in the EU. Better joined-up thinking is needed with regard to investment policy and animal welfare, writes Joanna Swabe.
Trade & Society 06-10-2016

Malmström backs EU whistleblower over Thai labour rights

EU Trade Commission Cecilie Malmström on Thursday (6 October) strongly backed the British labour rights activist who helped expose labour abuses in Thailand, for which he received a three-year suspended jail sentence.
Agriculture & Food 06-10-2016

COPA chief: 'All farmers should be connected to the worldwide web'

Being connected to the internet has become "vital" for farmers' everyday work, says Martin Merrild. But this should not encourage regulators to introduce new control programmes that will make farmers’ life even more difficult, he told in an interview.
Agriculture & Food 05-10-2016

Structural changes in Germany as a result of climbing agricultural land price

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Family farms still largely dominate German agriculture, having to adapt to an industry that demands more efficiency and cost-effective production.
Agriculture & Food 05-10-2016

Commission tells Czechs Greek yoghurt is 'Greek'

The use of the term “Greek yoghurt” for products produced outside Greece deceives consumers and creates unfair competition, the European Commission said, ending a spat between Athens and Prague.
Energy 04-10-2016

Italian olive grove stands in way of European energy security

In the name of European energy security, a private guard wearing a navy blue uniform, aviator sunglasses and a baseball cap walks around a grove of olive trees in southern Italy.
Agriculture & Food 03-10-2016

Paris convinces Brussels of good intentions on nitrate pollution

The European Commission has approved France's new action plan against nitrate pollution. But there is no guarantee it will improve the quality of surface or groundwater. EurActiv's partner Journal de l'Environnement reports.
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Agriculture & Food 30-09-2016

German farmers divided over EU-Canada trade deal

SPECIAL REPORT / Despite ongoing protests around Europe, the EU still wants to conclude the CETA agreement with Canada within the next five weeks. The German agricultural sector is divided in its opinion of the deal: large farms relish the advantages and small enterprises fear transatlantic competition. EurActiv Germany reports.
UK & Europe 29-09-2016

UK ‘consistently waters down’ reforms of EU farming subsidies

The UK government could have stopped wealthy landowners including aristocrats and a Saudi racehorse owner receiving hundreds of thousands of pounds from the EU’s common agricultural policy, the European commission has said.

A call on Vice-President Timmermans to free the Nature Directives

If the Commission wants to change its image as a shadowy lobbyist’s paradise, approving the Birds and Habitats Directives would show that the EU executive is in touch with its citizens, not in the pocket of powerful corporations, writes Ariel Brunner.