Gerardo Fortuna

Agrifood 08-07-2020

Putting all pieces together is Farm to Fork’s nitty-gritty

Reconciling all the numerous policy areas involved in the Farm to Fork (F2F) strategy within one coherent framework has become one of the toughest challenges in the implementation of the EU's new flagship food policy.
Agrifood 03-07-2020

Agrifood Brief, powered by Syngenta Group: Acting local, thinking global

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.   In the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, food security has become the...
Agrifood 02-07-2020

EU should do more on agrodiversity, Commissioner warns

Diversifying food production is key to strengthening the resilience of European agriculture and creating realistic business models for farmers in the coming years, according to EU's agri-boss Janusz Wojciechowski.
Agrifood 01-07-2020

Lawmakers agreed to delay post-2020 CAP by two years

Croatians pulled off their aim of getting the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP)’s transitional regulations finished on their watch, clinching an eleventh-hour deal with the European Parliament on the last day of their EU presidency.
Health 01-07-2020

EU market for medical cannabis still far from full bloom

A temporary shortage of Dutch hemp flowers intended for export to Germany has put the spotlight on a lack of diversified supply sources and uniform quality standards in the growing European market for medical cannabis.
Agrifood 26-06-2020

What’s in a name? Row over veg-meat name heats up in Europe

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Agrifood 23-06-2020

Food security is no longer an issue in the EU, says Commissioner

Environment Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevičius has cast doubt on the long-standing primacy of food security over environmental aspects in the current EU food system, suggesting that traditional concerns might give way to issues like climate change, sustainability, or biodiversity.
Agrifood 23-06-2020

Commission irks Council, Parliament by opposing two-year bridging CAP gap

The European Parliament and the Council have been irritated by the Commission's firm opposition to having an interim two-year period before the next EU farming subsidies programme starts.
Coronavirus 22-06-2020

Sinkevicius: COVID-19 cannot be an excuse to curb EU’s green ambition

Member states cannot use the COVID-crisis as an excuse to weaken the EU's environmentral and health protection efforts, European Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevičius told EURACTIV Italy in an exclusive interview.
Agrifood 19-06-2020

Gene editing, CAP reform bickering, hospitality sector

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 Green faction pushes for gene editing, overhaul of regulation In an unprecedented...
Health 18-06-2020

EU goes easy on GMOs in race for COVID-19 vaccine

As part of its new vaccine strategy, the European Commission has proposed to temporarily relax the EU's strict rules on genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in order to speed up the search for a COVID-19 vaccine and cure.
Coronavirus 16-06-2020

Coalition of countries aims to keep COVID-19 vaccine manufacturing in Europe

On the eve of the European Commission's Vaccines Strategy launch, four EU countries clinched a deal with Anglo-Swedish drugmaker AstraZeneca for the supply of a potential COVID-19 vaccine in a bid to keep production in Europe.
Agrifood 15-06-2020

MEPs call for ad hoc panel to restore trust between lawmakers and wine sector

The European Parliament's agriculture committee (COMAGRI) has made the creation of a high-level group to discuss the post-COVID-19 wine sector one of the conditions for lifting its veto on the Commission's aid package for fruit and vegetable producers.
Agrifood 13-06-2020

EU lawmakers bicker over CAP reform

Lawmakers on the European Parliament's Agriculture Committee (AGRI) reacted angrily as their colleagues on the Environment Committee (ENVI) decided to halt cooperation on the post-2020 Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) file.
Agrifood 12-06-2020

Unsustainable imports, Brexit disruption, glyphosate assessment

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Agrifood 11-06-2020

Italy to deploy a ‘samurai’ army against diehard stink bug

Italy's ministry of agriculture is completing the preliminary work to release into the environment an alien species of Asiatic wasp, the natural predator of a dreaded fruit pest that has caused more than half a billion euro damage to Italian orchards in 2019 alone.
Agrifood 09-06-2020

EU to extend ban on sale of Croatian farmland to foreigners

The Croatian government is working to extend by another three years a provisional restriction that prevents non-nationals from purchasing agricultural lands in the newest EU member.
Agrifood 09-06-2020

New sustainable food policy bears risk of unsustainable imports, ministers warn

The European Commission's latest efforts to make the European food system more sustainable may risk inadvertently encouraging unsustainable farming practices elsewhere, EU agriculture ministers stressed on Monday (8 June).
Agrifood 09-06-2020

Environmental NGOs irked by EU Agriculture Council snub

Environmental stakeholders have complained about the Croatian presidency of the EU Council for not having invited them to share their views on agricultural aspects of the European Green Deal at an informal meeting of EU farming ministers held on Monday (8 June).
Agrifood 05-06-2020

EU unable to curb biodiversity loss on farmlands, auditors say

The EU's decade-long policy effort to reverse the biodiversity loss has not come to fruition, the European Court of Auditors (ECA) warned in a report published on Friday (5 June).
Agrifood 05-06-2020

CAP budget, meat sector struggles, wine package

Welcome to EURACTIV's AgriFood Brief, your weekly update on all things Agriculture & Food in the EU.
Agrifood 04-06-2020

MEPs threaten to sink unambitious COVID-19 wine package

Lawmakers in the European Parliament's Agriculture Committee (COMAGRI) turned down a section of an aid package proposed by the Commission for wine, fruit and vegetable producers, as it wasn't ambitious enough to cope with disruption caused by the pandemic.
Agrifood 03-06-2020

Commission defends reinforced CAP budget to greening EU’s farming

It is very difficult to make EU's main farm policy greener when figures on the bottom line are red, said budget Commissioner Johannes Hahn in an attempt to uphold the latest proposal of increased spending for the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).
Health 02-06-2020

Stronger follow-up on EU organ donation action plan is necessary, health expert says

The EU Action plan on organ donation has encouraging greater co-operation on organ donation and transplants but stronger follow-up on its implementation is necessary, a Croatian health policymaker told EURACTIV in an interview.
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