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24/05/2016

Ignored at COP21, sustainable agriculture is vital to climate mitigation

Topic: agriculture


Europe's East 24-05-2016

France grants visa to blacklisted Russian minister

France granted Russian Agriculture Minister Alexander Tkachev an entry visa, the ministry said yesterday (23 May), even though he is on a European Union list of Russians banned from entering the bloc after Moscow annexed Ukraine's Crimea peninsula.

21% of plant species face extinction

A study by the scientists from Kew’s botanical gardens in London has revealed that at least one in five of all plant species are endangered. Agriculture is the main culprit. EurActiv's partner Journal de l'Environnement reports.

Commission warns Denmark over new agriculture package

The European Commission has sent a letter to the Danish government expressing concern that its new agriculture package is in breach of three environmental directives.
Trade & Society 02-05-2016

Greenpeace to publish 248 pages of TTIP leaks

Greenpeace said yesterday (1 May) it was in possession of leaked documents showing that a planned huge free trade deal between the United States and the European Union poses "major risks for climate, environment and consumer safety".

Commission takes Germany to task over water pollution

Brussels has announced that it will prosecute Germany in the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) for failing to take effective measures against water pollution caused by nitrates. EurActiv's partner Journal de l'Environnement reports.
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Agriculture & Food 29-04-2016

EurActiv highlights - stakeholders debate the CAP

Highlights of stakeholder workshops to debate the latest CAP reforms. Organised and filmed by the EurActiv network in Brussels, Italy, France, Greece, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, and the UK.
Development Policy 22-04-2016

MEPs speak out against GMOs in 'New Alliance' food strategy for Africa

European lawmakers have urged the EU not to support the introduction of GMOs in Africa, in a resolution criticising the G8's New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition. EurActiv France reports.
Agriculture & Food 13-04-2016

The challenge of ensuring the long term viability of EU farming

The EU gives millions of euros in subsidies to its member states to develop their rural areas and ensure the long-term viability of the European farming sector.
Agriculture & Food 11-04-2016

China buys up agricultural land in central France

A Chinese company has acquired hundreds of hectares of cereal-producing farmland in central France. This unprecedented situation has provoked astonishment and anger in the farming community. EurActiv's partner Journal de l'Environnement reports.
Agriculture & Food 06-04-2016

France promises belated progress on animal welfare

The French Ministry for Agriculture has launched a four-year animal welfare strategy, a first for the country, which is far behind its European partners in this respect. EurActiv France reports.
Agriculture & Food 23-03-2016

INFOGRAPHIC: Organic farming in the EU

Today, organic farming plays an increasingly bigger role on the world’s agricultural stage. In the European Union, the use of organic agricultural land has almost doubled in recent years.
Agriculture & Food 17-03-2016

Paris pushes EU to ban bee-killing pesticides

In a bid to spur the EU into action, the French ban on neonicotinoids could be set back several months and subject to a number of exceptions. EurActiv France reports.

Climate deal relegated to ‘other items’ in Council agenda

The economy and the climate will be pushed to the margins of this week’s European Council summit (17-18 March), where discussions will once again be dominated by the migration crisis. EurActiv France reports.
Agriculture & Food 16-03-2016

EU approves duty-free Tunisian olive oil imports

The European Parliament has agreed to waive taxes on olive oil imports from Tunisia to the EU, in a bid to boost the country’s economy. The move has prompted anger from Italian MEPs. EurActiv Italy reports.
Agriculture & Food 14-03-2016

France gathers Eastern allies to take on agricultural crisis

The EU’s eastern member states could throw their weight behind France’s calls for a temporary suspension of the rules of the internal market to counteract the agricultural crisis. EurActiv France reports.
Agriculture & Food 01-03-2016

Bernd Lange: The US needs to improve workers' rights

EXCLUSIVE / Labour rights in the US must be improved before any potential TTIP deal is signed and Brexit’s economic impact is of concern, according to the chairman of the European Parliament's Committee on International Trade, Bernd Lange.
Agriculture & Food 26-02-2016

Protected geographical labelling boosts revenue for Global South farmers

The development of geographical indications allows agricultural producers to export their products at better prices. For farmers in the Global South, whose products are still largely unrecognised on the European market, this is an important issue. EurActiv France reports.
Agriculture & Food 22-02-2016

Competitors benefit from the freezing of EU-Russia trade relations

Everybody understands that Russia will not beg the EU to abandon sanctions, but the longer the sanctions persist, the more Russia will develop its import substitution, writes Vladimir Chizhov.
Agriculture & Food 18-02-2016

Farmers fear for their future as new TTIP round opens

As negotiators prepare for the 12th round of TTIP talks on Monday (22 February), the crisis in French agriculture is compounding the sector's fears over the trade deal. EurActiv France reports.
Agriculture & Food 11-02-2016

GMOs and pesticides could be tolerated in organic food under new EU rules

MEPs have voted not to strip organic agricultural products of their certification if they are contaminated with GMOs or pesticides, as the majority of cases of contamination are accidental. EurActiv's partner Journal de l'Environnement reports
Agriculture & Food 10-02-2016

Paris ups anti-Brussels rhetoric over farming row

France’s Prime Minister Manuel Valls challenged Europe over the agricultural crisis on Monday (8 February), as farmers stepped up their protests against low meat prices. EurActiv France reports.
Agriculture & Food 04-02-2016

Organic farmers could feed the world

Organic farming could provide ample food for the whole human population, while causing less pollution and fewer health problems than conventional agriculture, according to a team of American scientists. Our partner Journal de l’Environnement reports.
Euro & Finance 03-02-2016

French pork farmers accuse Germany of VAT fraud

The French pork industry has lodged a complaint to the European Commission, accusing German farmers of VAT fraud worth €250 million. EurActiv France reports.
Agriculture & Food 28-01-2016

Ignored at COP21, sustainable agriculture is vital to climate mitigation

Farming is responsible for 25% of global greenhouse gas emissions, but COP21 and the Paris Agreement failed to acknowledge the sector’s impact and the positive role it could play. EurActiv France reports