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25/07/2016

CETA and TTIP threaten the EU’s precautionary principle

Agriculture & Food


Agriculture & Food 25-07-2016

The main challenges facing the CAP

The new Common Agricultural Policy for the period 2014-2020 is faced with a number of challenges but at the same time, it could help EU farmers take step a step forward and adjust to rising competitiveness worldwide.

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Agriculture & Food 25-07-2016

New CAP is still struggling to find new export markets

SPECIAL REPORT / Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan has launched a “diplomatic campaign” to find new markets for EU products. But external trade complexity and an unbalanced internal market pose serious challenges for the executive.

Spain wants Horizon 2020 funds to clean up pesticide mess

The Spanish region of Aragón is set to request European funding from the Horizon 2020 programme to combat environmental pollution caused by a now-banned pesticide. EurActiv Spain reports.
Transport 22-07-2016

Commission management of biofuels given short shrift

The European Court of Auditors has come down heavily on the Juncker Commissions’s handling of sustainable biofuels, shortly after the executive published its low-emission mobility strategy.
Transport 20-07-2016

Richest countries take lion's share of emissions cuts under EU plan

The EU on Wednesday (20 July) unveiled national targets for cutting greenhouse gases by 2030, placing the burden on richer northern countries including exit-bound Britain to help meet the bloc's UN goal.
Agriculture & Food 20-07-2016

Time for a balanced debate on biofuels

Public policy should be based on verifiable facts, rational analysis and, where possible, on solid science, writes Dick Roche.

Member states offered EU climate target flexibility in bid to cut emissions

EU member states will be able to bank annual emissions savings from sectors such as agriculture and transport, and use them in later years to meet their climate targets, under EU legislation set to be put forward on Wednesday (20 July).
Agriculture & Food 19-07-2016

Commission warns Prague about ‘Greek-style' yoghurt use

The use of “Greek yoghurt” labeling in a Czech Republic draft bill has angered the Syriza-led Greek government  - which has urged the Commission to intervene.
Agriculture & Food 19-07-2016

EU throws fresh cash at struggling dairy farmers

The European Commission on Monday (18 July) announced a new €500 million aid package to tackle the unprecedented crisis in the EU’s dairy market.
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Agriculture & Food 15-07-2016

Precision agriculture: future of the CAP?

Increasing yields and the quality of the production while reducing energy consumption and inputs or "produce more with less" is the principle of precision agriculture (PA).
Agriculture & Food 15-07-2016

FAO: The EU has a role in Africa’s agriculture mechanisation

The involvement of the European private sector in the mechanisation of Africa’s agriculture, currently dominated by China, will open up the market and help farmers make quality choices, FAO’s Josef Kienzle said in an interview with EurActiv.com.

EU's new air quality guidelines accused of being 'patchy'

The EU intends to continue its efforts to reduce air pollution, but its new guidelines have been criticised for being too patchy. EurActiv Germany reports.


Agriculture & Food 14-07-2016

New UK government urged to adopt 'common-sense' farming policies

More than 80 organisations have called on new UK Prime Minister Theresa May to pursue "common-sense" food, farming and fishing policies, in the wake of the UK's decision to leave the EU. EurActiv’s partner edie.net reports.
UK & Europe 13-07-2016

UK Young Farmers II: Challenges ahead

Young farmers at the Lincolnshire Agricultural Show talked to EurActiv about the future of farming, EU subsidies and the challenges ahead in the UK.
UK & Europe 13-07-2016

UK Young Farmers I: Future of farming

Young farmers at the Lincolnshire Agricultural Show talked to EurActiv about the future of farming, EU subsidies and the challenges ahead in the UK.
Health & Consumers 13-07-2016

Swedwatch: Report highlights abuses in Bangladeshi tobacco industry

The EU should require traceability of raw tobacco from a farmer to the final product, and include country of origin in export and import information, a Swedish campaign group told EurActiv.com.
Agriculture & Food 12-07-2016

EU agrees ban on glyphosate co-formulant

Member states yesterday (11 July) backed a proposal by the European Commission to put limits on the use of the weed-killer glyphosate in the 28-nation bloc, including a ban on one co-formulant called POE-tallowamine, EurActiv.com has learned.
Agriculture & Food 11-07-2016

Baltic farmers: Russian embargo creates need for new export markets

Hit hard by the Russian food embargo, farmers from the Baltic countries and Finland have urged EU politicians to be more effective in finding new markets, as well as continue  dialogue with Moscow to overcome the food ban deadlock.
Agriculture & Food 08-07-2016

EU kickstarts talks on new GMO approvals

The European Commission launched talks with member states today (9 July) to authorise two new GMOs, maize Bt11 and maize 1507, for cultivation in the EU.
Agriculture & Food 06-07-2016

Young farmers: CAP progress is 'still not enough'

In an interview with EurActiv's partner EFE, the president of the European Council of Young Farmers (CEJA), Alan Jagoe, called for more aid for people new to the industry and criticised national governments for doing more for veteran farmers than their younger counterparts.
UK & Europe 06-07-2016

UK farmers link Brexit vote and glyphosate

EurActiv.com spoke to young British farmers at the 2016 Lincolnshire Show, just before the EU referendum on 23 June. Most showed strong interest for Brexit and linked their rejection of the EU to glyphosate.
Agriculture & Food 05-07-2016

CAP: The challenges ahead

Keep up to date on the latest developments of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) with our rolling coverage. You can also follow on twitter: @eaAgriFood / #CAPChallengesAhead.
Agriculture & Food 04-07-2016

EU bans deep sea trawling

Two and a half years after the European Parliament's surprise refusal, the European institutions on Thursday (30 June) finally agreed to ban trawler fishing at depths of more than 800 metres. EurActiv's partner Journal de l'Environnement reports.
Trade & Society 01-07-2016

CETA and TTIP threaten the EU's precautionary principle

The precautionary principle may be scrapped in the EU's free trade agreements with Canada and the United States. According to the NGO Foodwatch, this could call into question the bloc's bans on hormone-treated beef and GMOs. EurActiv France reports.