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23-11-2017

Hogan pleased with Greek efforts to close ‘digital gap’ in rural areas

EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan is satisfied with the Greek government’s push for rural broadband, claiming that it will help farmers increase production.

22-11-2017

MEPs divided on the citizens’ initiative to ban glyphosate

More than a million European citizens have signed a petition to ban glyphosate, a pesticide classed as a probable carcinogen. In the face of European concerns, MEPs are divided. EURACTIV France reports.

22-11-2017

Tying up the whole food supply chain to help farmers – where is the beef?

Legislating against unfair trading practices in the agri-food sector would ultimately push up prices and cause farmers and consumers to lose out, writes Christian Verschueren.

Disgraceful behaviour by the EU at high-level tuna meeting in Marrakesh

While claiming to fight for the oceans and put sustainability first, the European Commission is pushing for the largest total allowable catches of bluefin tuna ever seen, without a solid scientific basis, write Linnéa Engström, Ricardo Serrão Santos and Norica Nicolai.

22-11-2017

Agri-food industries highlight risks of hard Brexit, demand clarity

The EU’s food and drink industry has joined forces with farmers and agri-food traders to call for a smooth Brexit transition and highlight the damage a cliff-edge EU exit would do to the bloc’s food chain.

Economy & Jobs 21-11-2017

What’s your beef? Mercosur trade talks falter

A battle over beef between the European Union and Argentina and Brazil could push trade talks beyond a year-end deadline and lead to further years of delay.

20-11-2017

Member states approve new organic rules ahead of Parliament vote

EU member states agreed on Monday (20 November) to a new set of rules for organic farming, simplifying the system and creating a level playing field for EU produce and imports. The European Parliament's agriculture committee will vote on the rules on Wednesday.

20-11-2017

Agriculture strategist: ‘Impossible’ for UK grain producers to compete outside EU

LONDON: Britain’s grain sector does not have the scale to stand on its own two feet outside the EU, a leading representative of farming has warned.

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Is the CAP fit for purpose? NGOs BirdLife, EEB and NABU publish results of shadow Fitness Check

“There’s no such thing as a free lunch” is an old saying. And it really does apply to the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), which currently makes up the largest part, almost 40%, of the EU budget.

20-11-2017

WHO agency isolated in glyphosate fight

The WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) is standing firmly by its opinion that glyphosate, the world’s most commonly used weedkiller, is probably carcinogenic to humans despite a new large-scale study suggesting the opposite.

16-11-2017

Organic farming in the EU needs passion, clear rules and controls

Food security and global peace go hand in hand. The EU's proposed organic food regulation is not perfect, but it is a step towards the sustainable food system we need, write Claude Turmes, José Bové, Molly Scott-Cato, Martin Häusling, Bart Staes and Philippe Lamberts.

15-11-2017

Organic farming: progress in EU seeds and agricultural biodiversity

The issue of seeds available for organic farming and the biodiversity promoted by this agronomic model is among the topics that have been subject of the longest and most heated negotiations. But progress is waiting around the corner, writes Blanche Magarinos-Rey.

15-11-2017

Auditors slam EU rural development spending as complex and unfocused

The European Court of Auditors criticised on Tuesday (14 November) the EU’s rural development programme for its slow implementation of spending and lack of focus on measurable results.

15-11-2017

Divided on biofuel phase-out, Parliament looks for compromise

The lawmaker in charge of steering the EU’s biofuels reform in the European Parliament is looking for compromise after MEPs last week rejected his proposal to phase out crop-based biofuels entirely by 2030 and ban palm oil in biodiesel almost a decade earlier.

15-11-2017

Beyond the CAP: Complementarity in EU rural development funding

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Many rural areas suffer from high levels of unemployment and lack vital infrastructure like high-speed internet and transport connections: the EU’s rural residents are up to twice as likely as city-dwellers to experience poverty or social exclusion.

14-11-2017

The dismal prospect of advanced biofuels in the EU

Advanced biofuels are proposed as the next fuels to replace oil, but the EU regulatory environment is fuzzy and uncertain to lure investors and some questionable solutions may benefit the most – in addition to oil, writes Zoltán Szabó.

14-11-2017

Transport needs to do a lot more to fight climate change

Transport is the second biggest source of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the world, accounting for more than one fifth of all emissions. But progress in reducing these emissions is among the slowest of all sectors, warns Eric Sievers.

Climate change 13-11-2017

Agriculture can rein in emissions ‘immediately’, says UN

The global agricultural sector can curb emissions immediately and provide a window for fossil fuel-guzzling energy and transport sectors to decarbonise before global warming spirals out of control, the United Nations said on Friday (10 November).

13-11-2017

Greek yogurt is produced only in Greece, Commission warns Prague

The denomination “Greek yogurt” cannot be used for yogurts produced outside Greece, a European Commission spokesperson told EURACTIV.com amid mounting tensions between Athens and Prague on the issue.

10-11-2017

Agriculture expert: A ‘third body’ is needed between science and EU politicians

In order to rebuild confidence in EU decision-making, there is a need to establish a “third independent body” between EU politicians and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) as neither NGOs nor the industry can say whether a substance should be banned or not.

Digital 10-11-2017

Greece vows to use Copernicus to boost smart farming

The Greek government aims to use Copernicus, Europe's earth-monitoring system, to maximise the potential of smart farming, which will help the country ensure its position in the post-crisis era, Greece's digital policy minister told EURACTIV.com.

10-11-2017

Commission puts EU fishermen in catch-22 situation

The European Commission has proposed new fishing quotas for 2018 but new rules create a paradox whereby fishermen won't actually be able to cast off and go out to sea.

09-11-2017

The Brief, powered by Eni – So much for science-based policy-making

Member states met today to decide the fate of glyphosate, the most used weed killer in the world and Europe. But the decision was  postponed for the seventh time and the ball is now back in the Commission's court once again. Is there even an end in sight to this whole sorry affair?

09-11-2017

Malta in hot water over trapping of protected birds

Malta opened its wild bird trapping season in October, disregarding its EU accession promise to outlaw the practice and a pending case at the European Court of Justice.