Agrifood

15-12-2017

English rivers polluted by powerful insecticides, tests reveal

Rivers in England are contaminated with powerful insecticides, new testing has revealed, increasing concerns over the impact of the toxic chemicals on fish and birds. EURACTIV's partner The Guardian reports.

Climate change 15-12-2017

Climate change means meat taxes are ‘increasingly probable’

Investors claim that the implementation of the Paris Agreement will lead to some governments introducing a "livestock levy" that cuts meat consumption from diets, in a move that could avoid up to $600 billon in climate damages by 2050. EURACTIV’s partner edie.net reports.

14-12-2017

‘Greenwashed oil’ set to win from renewable transport targets, biofuel industry claims

Biofuel producers in the Visegrad countries plus Lithuania and Bulgaria have warned that a phase-out of biofuels will lead to a phase-in of ‘greenwashed’ fossil fuels under the Renewable Energy Directive (RED), as it currently stands in the Council’s proposal.

13-12-2017

Ireland emerges as big winner of fisheries Council

Fisheries ministers pulled an all-nighter to reach an agreement on fishing limits for 2018, giving Ireland more a €20m windfall. The Council says progress has been made to achieve sustainable management of fish stocks but NGOs say the new limits are above scientific advice. And the industry was caught gate-crashing, again.

Economy & Jobs 13-12-2017

EU stalls on new Mercosur trade offers, delaying deal

Trade talks between the European Union and South America’s Mercosur bloc will likely extend into next year after European negotiators said they needed more time to respond to improved offers, a source close to Mercosur negotiators said yesterday (12 December).

Development Policy 13-12-2017

EU and Gates Foundation pledge €500 million for innovations in agriculture

The European Union together with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation pledged on Tuesday (12 December) more than €500 million over the next three years for research and innovation in agriculture.

12-12-2017

Future CAP: Court of Auditors slams ‘ineffective’ greening measures

The European Court of Auditors (ECA) published a damning report on the so-called greening measures on Tuesday (12 December), stating that they do not meet their environmental objectives.

12-12-2017

EU kebab-ban? All smoke and no roast

An objection aimed at banning phosphate from kebab meat, to be voted in the European Parliament on Tuesday (12 December), has started a Europe-wide controversy, fuelled by a German conservative MEP and fake news. EURACTIV France reports.

11-12-2017

France worries over renationalisation of Common Agricultural Policy

In France, the largest recipient of funding under the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), politicians and farmers’ unions fear the policy's "nationalisation" after 2020. EURACTIV France reports.

08-12-2017

Council and Parliament agree on ‘flexible’ fishing limits for North Sea

EU member states and Norway reached a preliminary agreement with the European Parliament late on Thursday night (7 December) on fishing limits in the North Sea ahead of next week's Fisheries Council.

08-12-2017

Are we crying wolf? A European tale of farmers vs. nature

Wolves have made a comeback in Europe, and politicians struggle to find the balance between nature and farmers. But some cry wolf.

07-12-2017

EESC: EU needs a comprehensive food policy

Europe needs to revolutionise its approach to food, focusing on sustainability and health to tackle the many challenges of the future, said a report published on Wednesday (6 December).

05-12-2017

Italy spearheads initiative to limit rice imports to the EU

Italy and seven other EU countries asked the European Commission on 24 November to allow them to limit rice imports from Cambodia, on the grounds of “protecting the Italian and European Rice industry.” 

04-12-2017

Farmers welcome CAP simplification, wary of renationalisation

EU farmers have joined the debate on the future of the Common Agricultural Policy by stressing the need to simplify common rules, but they have vigorously rejected any attempt to renationalise the bloc’s biggest common policy.

04-12-2017

Scientists demand end to crop-based biofuels

A group of 177 Dutch scientist have signed a letter urging the Netherlands to back a complete phase-out of crop-based biofuels at European level, calling them a “false solution to climate problems”.

Africa 04-12-2017

Europe’s love of roses sends ripples through Kenyan lake

Kenya is one of the biggest exporters of cut flowers in the world but the booming industry has created a raft of environmental problems. Local producers are now coming up with new ideas to cut pollution while keeping their business profitable.

Electric cars 01-12-2017

EU’s car emission goals for 2030 stir up ‘tech neutrality’ debate

The European Commission’s latest proposal on car's CO2 emissions for 2030 has started a fresh debate about whether Brussels has actually dropped its long-standing “technological neutrality” stance in favour of electric cars.

01-12-2017

Bayer to grant access to product safety studies to rebuild public trust

German chemical firm Bayer will next week launch a transparency initiative providing EU consumers with access to the safety data of its products, aiming to restore the dwindling trust in the sector, EURACTIV.com has learnt.

30-11-2017

Parliament cautiously welcomes post-2020 CAP vision

The Commission’s communication on the future of the Common Agricultural Policy, which aims to give EU member states greater freedom in meeting the bloc’s common goals, received a broadly optimistic response in the European Parliament on Wednesday (29 November), although concerns remain over how it will be implemented.

Economy & Jobs 30-11-2017

Mystery of the eel: Europe’s own ivory trade

The European Commission has proposed a ban on eel fishing in the Atlantic, in an attempt to recover the dwindling stock of the European eel, a critically endangered species that is traded illegally by an industry that is worth millions of euros.

29-11-2017

CAP communication promotes ‘beggar-thy-neighbour’ policy, agri experts say

The European Commission has presented its long-awaited vision for the future of the Common Agricultural Policy after 2020. But agricultural experts fear the communication, which proposes a radical overhaul of the policy’s delivery, rather than its substance, will weaken environmental protection and create unfair competition between farmers.

Energy 29-11-2017

MEPs raise ambition on transport with ‘sustainable’ biofuels

Contrary to the European Commission's initial proposal, the European Parliament voted on Tuesday (28 November) to increase targets for sustainable energy and reintroduce a sub-target for transport, by using "sustainable" biofuels.

29-11-2017

Italy’s labelling manoeuvre worries Commission and pasta makers

An Italian tribunal approved on 22 November the decrees signed by the ministries of agriculture and of economic development to include the country of origin of cereals on rice and pasta labels. The move was welcomed by Coldiretti, Italy’s largest farmers union, but worried the European Commission and pasta makers.

28-11-2017

Merkel ‘angry’ with agriculture minister who voted in favour of glyphosate

German Chancellor Angela Merkel rapped her agriculture minister on Tuesday (28 November) for violating the government line in approving a controversial weedkiller at a key EU meeting, sparking a political storm and angering European allies.