Gerardo Fortuna

Agrifood 13-11-2018

MEPs clash with Commission over sardines and anchovies

The European Parliament adopted on Tuesday (13 November) a report on regulating mainly sardine and anchovy catches in the Adriatic Sea, rejecting the essence of the European Commission's proposal after a heated exchange with EU fisheries boss Karmenu Vella.
Agrifood 12-11-2018

Biodiversity can benefit from new technologies, EU official says

It is the duty of scientists to point out what could be accomplished by using new plant breeding techniques (NPBTs), according to European Commission official Barend Verachtert, who praised the virtue of new technologies in agriculture at an event organised by EURACTIV on 5 November.
EU Elections 2019 08-11-2018

EPP warns Orbán, but Fidesz still influences the line

The European People's Party handed an implicit reprimand to Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s Fidesz party in a special resolution voted on Wednesday (7 November) but took no formal action.
Agrifood 08-11-2018

Electricity and biofuels needed in tandem to meet climate goals, UN report says

First generation biofuels such as palm oil diesel gave bioenergy a bad name, but recent scientific reports have confirmed that policymakers must take into account all the available options in the transport sector to win the climate change battle.
EU Elections 2019 07-11-2018

European conservatives open door for Italy’s far-right

Fratelli d'Italia (FDI) leader Giorgia Meloni on Tuesday (6 November) met with the leadership of the Group of European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) in the European Parliament to discuss a possible alliance after the 2019 European elections.
Agrifood 02-11-2018

Civil society questions Europe’s ‘perfect’ pesticide authorisation system

No pesticide should be authorised if it is found to have harmful effects on humans, animals, the environment, and the ecosystem, the new coalition “Citizens for Science in Pesticide Regulation” said in a manifesto launched on Wednesday (31 October).
Agrifood 31-10-2018

‘Third-child’ policy: Italy’s Lega wants to give farmland for free to large families

Italy's populist government is proposing to give land to families about to have a third child, hoping it would help fight the growing depopulation of rural areas and abandonment of arable land. But it has not been embraced by everyone.
Agrifood 31-10-2018

Europe needs more time to re-approve copper pesticide

Negotiations on the re-approval of copper compounds, which are due to be gradually phased out, are still ongoing. The European Commission is expected to present a new proposal to EU member states next month, at a meeting that was not originally scheduled.
Agrifood 26-10-2018

Scientists warn EU policymakers on ‘confusing’ gene editing court ruling

An interpretation of a recent European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruling on gene editing is confusing EU member states, while the scientific community are warning policymakers about the implications on the future of EU farming.
Health 25-10-2018

Commission report: EU public trust in vaccines largely positive but gaps remain

Public perception towards vaccines is largely positive across the EU, with Portugal marking the highest scores, a new report has found. However, mistrust still exists in some member states and four of them are among the top ten vaccine-sceptical countries in the world.
Health 25-10-2018

Does fast-track drugs approval in EU run too fast?

More than two years after its launch, the EU's fast-track approval process for marketing new drugs, called PRIME, is broadly welcomed by patients and industry, walking the fine line between patients' safety and expediency, and between the need to foster innovation and remaining abuse-proof.
Agrifood 23-10-2018

New EU bioeconomy strategy widens scope to solve more cycle problems

The European Commission's new strategy is seeking to create a sustainable bioeconomy and build a carbon-neutral future. Rather than just find a replacement for petroleum-based products, the strategy addresses broader cyclic challenges, including food and nutrition security.
Energy 22-10-2018

Time to deliver: Putting building renovation into practice

Addressing energy poverty and developing new financial tools to boost energy savings are two things governments could do in practice to go beyond the targets outlined in the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) and start renovating the European building stock for real.
Economy & Jobs 19-10-2018

Italy’s prime minister insists no room to change ‘beautiful’ budget

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has attempted to open a dialogue with the European Commission in an attempt to calm things down over Italy’s “unprecedented” breach of fiscal rules, but has also warned that there will be no step back on the draft budgetary plans.
EU Elections 2019 17-10-2018

Stubb has ‘zero tolerance’ for EPP rebels

Alexander Stubb, one of the EPP’s candidates for the next European Commission president, came out in defiance against the ‘illiberal’ factions within his party on Wednesday (17 October), saying he had zero tolerance for violations of fundamental party values.
Agrifood 17-10-2018

Unfair trade practices bill faces last chance next week, warns De Castro

Next week’s European Parliament vote on the proposed unfair trade practices (UTPs) directive is crucial as there will be no time to pass the bill in this legislature in the event of a non-approval, the MEP piloting the file has warned.
Agrifood 16-10-2018

White smoke for single EU candidate at FAO

The former head of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), Catherine Geslain-Lanéelle, will kick off her campaign to lead the UN food and agriculture agency today (16 October), after being endorsed as the sole EU candidate.
Energy 12-10-2018

French MP: Building renovation needs to get everyone on board

To succeed in renovating the European building stock by 2050, all the governance levels need to be involved, from local to national, French MP Marjolaine Meynier-Millefert told EURACTIV, adding that people who cannot afford the costs of renovation must not be left behind.
Agrifood 12-10-2018

Science and public opinion: Where do politicians stand?

Policy makers, industry and civil society are trying to find a way to reconcile scientific evidence with public opinion’s beliefs when it comes to food safety. However, this has proved time and again to be a difficult challenge.
Health 10-10-2018

New drugs: how much are governments paying for innovation?

The European healthcare sector is divided over the “actual value” EU governments pay for the authorised and partly public-funded novel drugs, compared to medicines already on the market.
Energy 09-10-2018

Renovation of buildings: The fight is over, time to implement

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The vision for decarbonising the European building stock is clear enough: now comes the time for the member states to enforce these commitments.
Transport 02-10-2018

Showdown over biogas on margins of car CO2 vote

Europe's gas industry wants renewable fuels completely accounted for in updated car CO2 rules. But the MEP charged with helming the legislation's revision hopes to shield her report from industry attacks ahead of a crucial vote on Wednesday (3 October).
Health 01-10-2018

Europe’s health sector worried about post-Brexit investment dearth

Fragmented, multilingual and over-regulated: Europe is currently not an attractive place for investors and things could get worse after Brexit, experts from the life sciences industry have warned.
Economy & Jobs 27-09-2018

Italy’s Di Maio is not concerned with Europe as worries mount at home

Italian vice prime minister Luigi Di Maio abruptly cancelled participation in the Competitiveness EU Council in Brussels on Thursday (27 September) and flew back to Rome to smooth tensions with Economy Minister Giovanni Tria on Italy's draft budget, which seeks to increase spending.