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30/09/2016

Commission: Precision farming will increase EU productivity

Topic: agricultural policy


Nobel Laureate: EU politicians ignore ‘politically unwelcome’ GMO science

European politicians support a great deal of scientific research but they often do not pay attention to the results if they are “politically unwelcome”, Nobelist Richard Roberts told EurActiv.com.
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Agriculture & Food 26-09-2016

Agricultural policy: At the limits of green growth

SPECIAL REPORT / The Green Economy is meant to create wealth and protect the environment at the same time. But experts are increasingly doubtful about the concept and are calling it a whitewash. EurActiv Germany reports.
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Agriculture & Food 26-07-2016

New CAP can make EU farming profitable, Spanish farmers say

SPECIAL REPORT / Spanish farmers consider the new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) as an opportunity to cut red tape and make environmental measures more efficient.
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.
Agriculture & Food 14-06-2016

Ukrainian diplomat: EU Association Agreement ‘major opportunity’ for agri-trade

The EU-Ukraine Association Agreement is a “challenge” for Kyiv but also a “great opportunity” for the longer-term competitiveness of the agriculture sector, a Ukrainian diplomat told EurActiv.com.
Agriculture & Food 24-05-2016

EU's decision on beef and ethanol 'disrespected' Mercosur countries

The EU’s decision to exclude beef and ethanol from its trade offer to Mercosur countries was “disrespectful” toward Latin America, according to the Brazilian Confederation of Agriculture and Livestock (CNA).

Trade body: Don't lump 'new plant breeding techniques' in with GMOs

If new plant breeding techniques fall under GMO legislation, SMEs in Europe will be severely hit, Dr Teresa Babuscio said in an interview with EurActiv.com
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Agriculture & Food 21-04-2016

Potocnik: Farmers and consumers 'equally responsible' for agricultural transformation

SPECIAL REPORT / Every food producer should help make agriculture sustainable, Janez Potočnik told EurActiv.com.
Agriculture & Food 11-04-2016

MEP Huitema: EU should use CAP to reduce dependence on farm subsidies

The EU's Common Agricultural Policy should focus on investments to become more competitive in the global market and get less dependent on subsidies, MEP Jan Huitema told EurActiv.com in an interview.
Agriculture & Food 07-04-2016

A new and better food supply chain for a new and better EU

Measures have been tried and tested within the EU in an attempt to solve the woes currently affecting the bloc’s agricultural sector: to little success, writes José Manuel Roche Ramo.
Agriculture & Food 17-03-2016

Agricultural crisis: ‘Global markets are not the future’

Earlier this week, EU agricultural ministers discussed potential measures against price drops. However, there are many who think that these plans do not go far enough. EurActiv Germany reports.
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Agriculture & Food 11-03-2016

Wages and land ownership block young Slovaks’ return to farming

SPECIAL REPORT / A number of factors ranging from low salaries to difficulties in acquiring land have prevented young Slovaks from access to rural areas. EurActiv Slovakia reports.
Agriculture & Food 11-03-2016

Parliament endorses plan to curb unnecessary antibiotic use

The European Parliament has approved draft legislation that will regulate antibiotic use in agriculture, as lawmakers look to address the increasing risk of antibiotic resistance. EurActiv Germany reports.
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Agriculture & Food 11-03-2016

Rural development in Poland will focus on smallholders’ poverty

SPECIAL REPORT / Warsaw will use the EU’s Rural Development Programme to improve the standard of living of “poor” smallholders. EurActiv Poland reports.
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Agriculture & Food 11-03-2016

Greek agriculture minister: EU must change stance on trade agreements

SPECIAL REPORT / The European Union should change its negotiation tactics regarding trade agreements with third countries and better defend member states, Greek Minister of Agricultural Development Evangelos Apostolou told EurActiv Greece in an exclusive interview.
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Agriculture & Food 07-03-2016

How EU rural development money is actually being spent

SPECIAL REPORT / Ensuring the long-term viability of the farming sector is a key challenge for Central and Eastern European countries. The EurActiv network looks at how EU money is being spent in five key countries — Greece, Romania, Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic.
Agriculture & Food 02-03-2016

Rome sets sights on complete revision of nitrates legislation

Following the European Commission's termination of an infringement procedure against the member state, Italy has updated its rules relating to the use of animal waste in agriculture and still retains hopes of amending the EU's Nitrates Directive. EurActiv Italy reports.
Agriculture & Food 11-02-2016

Commission’s 'green' CAP questionable, study says

The implementation of the new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) for the period 2014-2020 is not as “green” as the European Commission is claiming, a new study has found.
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Agriculture & Food 28-01-2016

Eating less meat will save the planet, study says

SPECIAL REPORT / SPECIAL REPORT / The overconsumption of meat will inevitably push global temperatures to dangerous levels, a recent study has warned, urging reluctant governments to take action.
Agriculture & Food 22-01-2016

EU green farming projects 'too costly', auditors say

A new report by the European Court of Auditors (ECA) has found “unreasonably high costs” related to EU-funded schemes to support environmentally-friendly agriculture in the UK, Italy, Denmark and Portugal.
Agriculture & Food 11-01-2016

New CAP should focus on quality, say organic farmers

Organic farmers have urged the European Commission to respond to citizen demand for a Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) focused on quality food. EurActiv Greece reports.
Agriculture & Food 08-01-2016

Hogan warns UK farmers over Brexit

Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan raised the alarm on Thursday (7 January) over a possible Brexit, stressing that it would adversely impact British farmers.
Agriculture & Food 08-01-2016

Commission to decide on new plant breeding techniques within three months

EXCLUSIVE / A legal analysis of whether new plant breeding techniques should fall under EU GMO legislation will be completed by the first quarter of 2016, a European Commission spokesperson has told EurActiv.
Agriculture & Food 18-12-2015

Commission: Precision farming will increase EU productivity

The development of precision farming practices will provide the EU with enormous opportunities to increase its productivity, according to a European Commission official.