Gerardo Fortuna

Agrifood 18-09-2020

EU mulls over plan to boost carbon-storage on farmlands

Farmers and foresters need to be "directly incentivised" to put in practice carbon-capture crops and other measures intended to reduce net greenhouse gases (GHG), according to an update of the European Commission's Climate Law.
Agrifood 18-09-2020

Agrifood Brief: The agri-side of Europe’s man on the moon moment

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.   Once again, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has come under...
Health 16-09-2020

Commission promises to remedy health cuts made by EU leaders

In her first State of the Union speech, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen highlighted the need to build a stronger European Health Union, lashing out at the member states for having scrapped the ambitious EU4Health programme embedded in the recovery fund.
Agrifood 15-09-2020

MEPs want Commission to enter the veggie burger fray

European Parliament lawmakers are considering asking the European Commission to step in and help nix any doubts about the terminology used for plant-based meat substitutes, which are gaining in popularity across the EU.
Agrifood 11-09-2020

Agrifood brief: Don’t forget agriculture, Valdis

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.   After the shock of Phil Hogan’s sudden resignation as the EU trade...
Health 09-09-2020

New tap water rules already flowing ahead of EU rubber stamp

While waiting for the go-ahead to the overhauled Drinking Water Directive (DWD), some EU member states, as well as the UK, have already started implementing methods for microbiological analysis of water quality suggested in the new rules.
Agrifood 08-09-2020

Commission urges swift deployment of COVID-funds for farmers

The €7.5 billion top-up coming to the EU’s farming subsidies programme from the bloc's post-COVID stimulus plan should be made available as quickly as possible, Agriculture Commissioner Janusz Wojciechowski said on Monday (7 September).
Agrifood 04-09-2020

Agrifood Brief: Wanted – Closers to save the CAP

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.   EU policymakers are getting ready for a Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) showdown,...
Coronavirus 03-09-2020

The Brief – Treaties over common-sense?

MEPs have packed their bags, ready to get back to Strasbourg after a forced six-month hiatus. But moving the entire EU circus to another country may not be the brightest idea right now. In an unprecedented move, European Parliament President...
Agrifood 02-09-2020

EU farmers side with Italy against colour-coded nutrition labelling

The EU farmers lobby COPA-COGECA has joined the ranks of those fighting against French Nutri-Score system in the race for picking a mandatory EU-wide nutrition food label.
Agrifood 02-09-2020

EU farm ministers mull origin, animal welfare labelling on foodstuff

Food labelling stole the spotlight from the reform of the bloc's main farming subsidies program during an informal meeting of ministers that kicked off the German EU presidency's agenda on agriculture.
Health 28-08-2020

EU health agenda: More than Corona

The EU executive is expected to finally get to the heart of its five-year health agenda with the unveiling of Europe's Beating Cancer Plan and the much-awaited pharmaceutical strategy. The launch of both initiatives was confirmed for the fourth quarter of 2020 in the Commission's latest working programme.
Agrifood 17-08-2020

Agrifood agenda: CAP reform and organics uptake

With the EU's new food policy launched this spring, policymakers will now turn their attention back to the long-delayed reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), the staple of the bloc's farming industry and the biggest item in its budget.
Agrifood 31-07-2020

CAP tracker: Mapping the latest movements on EU farming policy

Welcome to EURACTIV’s CAP tracker, your one-stop shop for all the latest developments on the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). Be sure to check back here regularly for your weekly update on all things CAP, including the latest movements on the...
Agrifood 30-07-2020

Bittersweet budget: what changes for CAP after EU summit deal

The final deal on the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) spending that came out of the EU summit in July left a bittersweet taste: the much-feared cuts were not avoided but numbers were improved compared to the Commission's 2018 proposal.
Future EU 22-07-2020

The Brief – Monnet’s law

“All’s well that ends well” should have been the refrain among exhausted diplomats after 92 hours of very intense negotiations in Brussels. With one of the longest summits in history now behind us, it is time for EU pundits to...
Agrifood 17-07-2020

New impetus for sustainability tests Europe’s ‘soft power’

In the race to become a global leader for sustainability, the EU is expected to give proof of its  'soft power' with third countries to cope with the risks of falling behind on innovation.
Agrifood 17-07-2020

Agrifood brief: CAP, animal welfare, digitalisation among top priorities of German Presidency

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.   German Agriculture Minister Julia Klöckner laid out the German EU presidency’s agrifood priorities...
Agrifood 16-07-2020

Young farmers need a toolbox ‘as broad as possible’ to achieve Farm to Fork goals

Ensuring that food producers will be provided with the appropriate alternatives is the best way to make progress in meeting the specific objectives set up in the new Farm to Fork strategy (F2F), according to young European farmers interviewed by EURACTIV.
Economy & Jobs 15-07-2020

Recovery money is not a gift, says Italy’s EU ambassador

The EU’s proposed €750 billion recovery fund should not be seen as a gift to EU member states. Rather, it is a financial instrument to fund the greening, digitalisation and competitiveness of the European economy, Italy's Permanent Representative to the EU, Maurizio Massari, told EURACTIV in an interview.
Agrifood 14-07-2020

MEP: Precision farming should be part of member states’ recovery plans

Precision farming practices, including digital farming, are the best way to deliver the EU's strategic goals of being green, smart and safe and should be part of the National Recovery and Resilience Plans of all member states, according to MEP Petros Kokkalis.
Agrifood 13-07-2020

EU still reflects over agri-innovation as UK mulls moves forward

While the EU considers the potential role of new innovative techniques to protect harvests from pests and diseases, on the other side of the Channel, the UK is getting ready to open the door to new gene-editing technologies post-Brexit.
Agrifood 10-07-2020

Agrifood Brief: Farm to Fork targets may not be set in stone

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. Farm to Fork targets may not be set in stone A European Commissioner...
Agrifood 09-07-2020

Kyriakides: Investments will match EU’s ambition on sustainable food systems

The EU's determination to become a global leader in sustainability will be matched by investments in solutions to deliver on the commitments set out in the EU's new food policy, Commissioner Stella Kyriakides told EURACTIV.com in an exclusive interview.
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