Gerardo Fortuna

Agrifood 14-10-2021

EU member states struggling with tight deadline for ‘CAP strategic plans’

A third of EU member states have expressed concerns over meeting an end-of-year deadline for submitting their national strategic plans under the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), including the agriculture Commissioner's home country Poland, according to sources.
Agrifood 13-10-2021

Fashion brands at the test of setting sustainable standards

Consumers' craving for ever-increasing sustainable products is leaving its mark on the textile industry, creating a shift toward a 'greener' manufacturing process that requires new ways to assess its impact on the environment.
Health 13-10-2021

Europabio: Life science needs future-proof approach to become innovation ‘powerhouse’

The EU's policy priorities are a once-in-a-generation change to the regulatory framework offering both the industrial biotech and healthcare sectors an opportunity to set a direction for the next decades, says the newly appointed chairman of EuropaBio.
Health 12-10-2021

Health Brief – Mental health: an ’emergency spreading across the EU’

Health experts and policymakers have called on governments to step up and take the pandemic as a wake-up call to adopt impactful mental health policies, as outlined in a new report.
Agrifood 08-10-2021

JRC report delay, 2022 agenda, water use

This week, EURACTIV hears reactions from MEP Bert-Jan Ruissen and rapporteur Herbert Dorfmann to the news that the European Commission chose to delay on the publication of their controversial JRC report on the impacts of the Farm to Fork strategy.
Health 07-10-2021

Pharma rules overhaul steals scene of EU’s 2022 health agenda

The revision of the legislative framework of pharmaceuticals and of medicines for children and rare diseases will drop the curtain on next year's Commission agenda as they are expected to be adopted in December 2022.
Health 05-10-2021

Health Brief: Cancer. The silent battle continues

The COVID crisis has scrambled the EU’s priorities when it comes to health. But while all eyes have been on COVID-19, European institutions have been carrying on their “silent battle” against an older enemy: cancer.
Agrifood 01-10-2021

Agrifood Brief: Disin-gene-uous business?

Between petrol panic, driver shortages, and warnings that Christmas could be in jeopardy, there has been no lack of bad press tied to the UK’s departure from the EU this week.
Health 28-09-2021

Health Brief: Booster shots. Not if, but when

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Health Brief, your weekly update on all things healthcare in Europe.
Health 28-09-2021

Raised SARS-CoV-2 co-infection risk suggests other pathogens should not be overlooked

The increasing number of immunocompromised people exposed to COVID-disease combined with the raised risk of co-infections of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and respiratory pathogens creates a double whammy that cannot be overlooked.
Agrifood 27-09-2021

Organic day, impact assessment, UN food summit

This week, EURACTIV’s agrifood team explores the controversy surrounding the UN’s food systems summit with the help of IPES-Food’s Nick Jacobs and Attila Szocs of small farmers association European Coordination Via Campesina. The Commission gets in touch with its hippy...
Agrifood 24-09-2021

Agrifood Brief: Got (bio) milk?

After riding high on a wave of rapidly growing consumer demand for more organic products, the French 'bio' milk branch is facing an unprecedented decline in demand this year.
Agrifood 23-09-2021

Commission ‘not afraid’ of global coalition against EU’s food policy

EU agriculture commissioner Janusz Wojciechowski has stood by the environmental ambition in the Commission's pivotal food policy, the Farm to Fork strategy (F2F), which has been targeted by the creation of a new global coalition focused on productivity.
Agrifood 23-09-2021

EU Agri Commissioner dangles promise of ‘comprehensive’ Farm to Fork impact assessment

The EU’s Agriculture Commissioner, Janusz Wojciechowski, has teased stakeholders with the promise of a 'comprehensive impact assessment' of the Commission's pivotal food policy, the Farm to Fork strategy (F2F), but remained vague as to what this means in practice.
Health 21-09-2021

Health Brief: DG SANTE’s to-do list

Welcome to EURACTIV’s very first Health Brief! In this first edition, we spoke to the European Commission's director-general for health and food safety, Sandra Gallina, to find out what is in store this autumn when it comes to health.
Health 20-09-2021

MEPs prod Commission to chart animal testing phase out

Lawmakers in the European Parliament have adopted a non-binding resolution asking the EU executive to come up with an action plan to phase out the use of animals for scientific experiments and tests.
Agrifood 17-09-2021

Agrifood Brief: Fertile ground for a ruckus

Welcome to EURACTIV’s AgriFood Brief, your weekly update on all things Agriculture & Food in the EU. You can subscribe here if you haven’t done so yet. This week: EURACTIV’s agrifood team digs deeper into a controversial vote in the...
Agrifood 17-09-2021

Antibiotic restrictions, Farm to Fork report, SOTEU

This week, EURACTIV’s agrifood team digs deeper into a controversial vote in the Parliament on the European Commission’s new delegated act designed to tackle anti-microbial resistance. We talk about Parliament’s preliminary approval of their report on the EU’s flagship food...
Coronavirus 14-09-2021

LEAK: The EU’s new body to prevent the next pandemic

Leaked documents seen by EURACTIV reveal the structure of the European Commission's proposed new authority to prepare against future health crises by developing "medical countermeasures."
Agrifood 10-09-2021

Agrifood Brief: Into the woods

Welcome to EURACTIV’s AgriFood Brief, your weekly update on all things Agriculture & Food in the EU. You can subscribe here if you haven’t done so yet. This week: EURACTIV explores the ways in which agriculture can part of the...
Agrifood 10-09-2021

Commission, NGOs brace for gene-editing battle

New genomic techniques (NGTs) have received the backing of the European Commission in a strategy paper, while NGOs promise an intense campaign against them over the coming years.
Agrifood 10-09-2021

Wildfire prevention, JRC report, CAP vote

This week, EURACTIV explores the ways in which agriculture can part of the solution for preventing wildfires with the help of Claire Mignet, director of the NGO ‘Shared Mediterranean Conservatory’, journalist Monica Pelliccia, secretary general of Italy’s programme for the...
Agrifood 09-09-2021

Champagne makers mark first win in ‘Champanillo’ legal battle after EU court ruling

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled that the EU's protected designation of origin (PDO) for foodstuff and drinks extends to services, allowing the French champagne lobby to carry off a tactical win in a legal battle against a small Spanish restaurant chain.
Agrifood 30-08-2021

CAP deal lays ground for third ‘social’ pillar

The post-2020 Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) reform agreement struck in June introduced a new concept of social dimension that bears the potential to build a third "pillar" for the EU's farming subsidy programme in the near future.