Gerardo Fortuna

Economy & Jobs 21-02-2020

EU leaders fail to agree on first post-Brexit budget as divisions grow

EU countries failed to narrow deep differences over the bloc's next seven-year budget as a group of net contributors refused to approve bigger spending and instead pushed for big cuts for farmers and poorer regions, in a bid to fill a €75 billion hole left by Brexit.
Health 21-02-2020

Italy’s Conte urges people not to panic as coronavirus outbreak grows

The number of people confirmed having contracted the coronavirus in northern Italy rose to 16 on Friday (21 February) but Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said the country is prepared to manage the outbreak and people don't need to be worried.
Agrifood 21-02-2020

From Farm to Pitchfork: farmers take to Brussels streets ahead of EU summit

Farmers from across Europe fired up their tractors and drove to Brussels on Thursday (20 February), rallying against proposed cuts in the EU's Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). They also demanded that the EU does not leave them out of the environmental transition requested in the Commission's new flagship policy, the Green Deal.
Agrifood 20-02-2020

EFSA chief interview, realistic targets for pesticides, cheap honey

Welcome to EURACTIV's AgriFood Brief, your weekly update on all things Agriculture & Food in the EU. In this edition: EFSA chief interview, Commission plans for pesticides, struggling European beekeepers, common data spaces for agriculture and health, and much more...
Agrifood 20-02-2020

Commission wants ‘realistic targets’ for pesticide, fertilisers cuts- Kyriakides

Speaking before the parliamentary committee on the Environment (ENVI), Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides confirmed that the new EU food policy, the Farm 2 Fork Strategy (F2F), will feature legislative actions too and that there will be specific targets for the reduction of both risk and use of pesticides.
Agrifood 20-02-2020

‘UK has the fish, but Europe has the market’, fisheries committee chair says

In his first interview as the new chair of the parliamentary committee on fisheries (PECH), the Renew Europe MEP Pierre Karleskind called for a fisheries agreement with the UK that recreates the current situation whereby EU fishermen can have access to British waters and UK seafood can be sold on the Single Market.
Agrifood 17-02-2020

CAP spending faces further €5bn cut in bloc’s budget blueprint

In the latest compromise proposal for the next EU 7-year spending plan, fresh money allocated on the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) were trimmed by €7.5 billion, only partly offset by a €2.5 billion increase in direct payments to farmers.
Agrifood 13-02-2020

Intensive farming, French court ruling and sugar tax

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. Intensive farming and the Green Deal In a recent tweet, Agriculture Commissioner Janusz Wojciechowski said that...
Agrifood 13-02-2020

EU agriculture chief under pressure over bid to trim intensive pig farming

Janusz Wojciechowski, the EU's agriculture commissioner, wants to crack down on the environmental impact of intensive animal farming, but apart from support from animal welfare groups, his calls have so far met with mixed reactions.
Future EU 12-02-2020

The Brief – Don’t ask too much of the Erasmus generation

The suggestion of an ‘internal’ Italian Erasmus, put forward by the 'sardines' grassroots movement, has garnered mixed reactions in the Italian public, ranging from hilarity to praise.
Health 12-02-2020

Sinkevicius: Dealing with PFAS chemicals in revised tap water rules was a ‘great move’

The inclusion of per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) into the EU's Drinking Water Directive was a step forward that showed the EU's commitment to address these chemicals, Environment Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevičius told EURACTIV.
Agrifood 11-02-2020

US packaged foods juggernaut under EU antitrust probe

US consumer goods group Mondelez International is being investigated for suspected anti-competitive practices covering EU several member states, a European Commission spokesperson confirmed to EURACTIV.
Health 07-02-2020

ECDC chief: Low risk for coronavirus but EU pandemic prep should be reviewed

The EU agency for infectious diseases control still considers the risk for the novel coronavirus low for Europe. However, its director is calling for a rethink of pandemic preparedness plans to help ensure Europe is equipped to deal with a virus spread scenario such as the current one in China.

Nordics bet on advanced biofuels to suit carbon neutrality ambitions

Scandinavian governments put the bar high up in their commitment to becoming carbon neutral and several companies have responded by developing new technologies to harness forest resources, the Nordic green gold, in a bid to reduce transport emissions.
Agrifood 06-02-2020

Limited progress on pesticides, EU meat tax and swine fever

Welcome to EURACTIV's AgriFood Brief, your weekly update on all things Agriculture & Food in the EU.
Agrifood 06-02-2020

Greens, socialists back meat tax to cover environmental costs of livestock

A new report commissioned by the Dutch True Animal Protein Price Coalition (TAPP) suggests that retail price of meat does not reflect the environmental costs associated with its production, and calls for a “sustainability charge” on meat.
Agrifood 03-02-2020

Commission bemused by consumer information conundrum

The European Commission has started sketching the new EU-wide food labelling scheme, expected to be proposed in the context of the new Farm to Fork Strategy (F2F), but the debate over what kind of information to provide to consumers has just started.
Agrifood 30-01-2020

Sinkevicius: EU aims to ensure viable food packaging recycling by 2030

The Circular Economy Action Plan and the Farm to Fork strategy (F2F) have the same overarching objective of reducing unsustainable resource use by promoting sustainable production and consumption and reducing waste generation, Environment Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevičius told EURACTIV.
Agrifood 30-01-2020

Gene editing debate, perspectives on Green deal, avian flu

Welcome to EURACTIV's AgriFood Brief, your weekly update on all things Agriculture & Food in the EU.
Agrifood 28-01-2020

EU farmers tread carefully on Green Deal, as balance with CAP is not easy stuff

Policymakers are being called to take up the challenge of finding a place for bloc’s farm aid provided under the EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) in the ambitious new environmental flagship policy of the European Commission.
Economy & Jobs 24-01-2020

LEAK: EU charts 6G future in ambitious industrial plan

The European Commission has set out a series of comprehensive plans to revolutionise the bloc's industrial sector, with a heavy interest in developing key technologies with 'strategic importance', including measures to go 'beyond 5G' and 'towards 6G.'
Agrifood 24-01-2020

EU urged not to overlook blind people in new food labelling rules

Laura Ferrara, an Italian MEP from the anti-system Five Star Movement, urged the European Commission to improve access to food information for blind and visually impaired people when it reviews the bloc's food labelling rules in the coming months.
Agrifood 23-01-2020

Transitional CAP, German protest, Brexit uncertainty

Welcome to EURACTIV's AgriFood Brief, your weekly update on all things Agriculture & Food in the EU.
Agrifood 23-01-2020

Breton fishermen fear being shut out of British waters after Brexit

Fishermen from France’s Brittany region have asked the European Commission to address the uncertainty caused by Brexit for the fisheries sector, ensuring access by European fishermen to fish in British waters.

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