Gerardo Fortuna

Italy’s black MEP victim of repeated racist jibes fears ‘institutional’ racism

Politics consistently keeps overlooking racial issues and this may lead to 'institutional' racism, a former Italian minister and current socialist MEP, who has been the victim of racial abuse, told EURACTIV.com in an interview.
Agrifood 17-01-2019

Greens save glyphosate from EU ban calls, as deal with EPP triumphs

The Greens in the European Parliament have blocked an amendment calling for the ban of Monsanto's controversial weedkiller, as part of a broader political deal with the centre-right European People's Party (EPP) to back a report calling for a rethink of the EU's pesticide approval system.
Agrifood 16-01-2019

Four things to watch ahead of final EU vote on pesticides

European Parliament lawmakers will today (16 January) vote on a non-binding report calling for a rethink of the EU’s authorisation procedure for pesticides. 
EU Elections 2019 15-01-2019

Scrap Strasbourg seat, urges Italy’s Di Maio

Italy's Five Star Movement has decried the "waste of money” of the European Parliament's seat in Strasbourg, putting its abolition at the centre of the party's campaign for the European elections in May.
EU Elections 2019 11-01-2019

Five Star Movement unveils plan to form EU Parliament group

Promoting direct democracy and reducing overspending in politics are among the priorities that the new political group will promote in a manifesto to be published in the run-up to the 2019 European elections.
Enlargement 10-01-2019

EPP’s Weber comes out on Macedonia name change deal

Manfred Weber, the Spitzenkandidat of the centre-right European People’s Party (EPP), ended months of silence on the ongoing efforts to resolve the Greece-Macedonia name row with a couple of pithy comments on Tuesday (9 January) that appear to support the deal.
EU Elections 2019 10-01-2019

Weber leaves door open to any pro-EU ally

Socialists and liberals are natural allies for the centre-right European People’s Party (EPP) in the next European Parliament, according to Manfred Weber, the EPP's lead candidate for the European elections in May.
Economic governance 19-12-2018

EU freezes budget disciplinary procedure against Italy

The solution offered to the European Commission is not ‘ideal’ but Italy's efforts are sufficient to avoid the launch of the excessive deficit procedure, the EU executive announced on Wednesday (19 December).
Agrifood 19-12-2018

MEPs and ministers make final bid for deal on unfair trade practices

Both the current Austrian and incoming Romanian presidencies asked rapporteur Paolo De Castro to return to the negotiating table 'in the spirit of Christmas' for an unexpected final round on unfair trade practice (UTPs) scheduled for today (19 December).
EU Elections 2019 17-12-2018

Greek business chief urges political parties to align to save the country

Greece’s pursuit of "sustainable growth" cannot be achieved by one political leader, so all democratic political forces should set aside their ideological differences and form an alliance, Konstantinos Michalos, President of the Athens Chamber of Commerce and Industry, told EURACTIV.com in an interview.
Economic governance 13-12-2018

Italy’s Conte admits defeat on budget, presents new plan to EU

Italy has admitted defeat and agreed to change its “beautiful” budget plan to avoid the opening of a disciplinary procedure against Rome.
Agrifood 12-12-2018

MEPs ready to negotiate EFSA’s transparency rule, but need to find a new negotiator

The long and troubled parliamentary procedure to overhaul the current food transparency rules for European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) ended in an unexpected twist as the EPP’s rapporteur Renate Sommer asked to withdraw her name from the report just passed by the Parliament's plenary.
EU Elections 2019 10-12-2018

Salvini hails six months in power, wants to personally negotiate with EU

Italy's far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini spoke to thousands of supporters in a packed square in Rome on Saturday (8 December) as his surging League party celebrates six months in power. EURACTIV reports from Rome.
Agrifood 10-12-2018

EU’s renewable energy law not meant to support farmers, official admits

The updated renewable energy directive was not meant to support European farmers, but rather promote green energy in whatever form as long as it complies with sustainability criteria, a European Commission official has said.
Agrifood 07-12-2018

Ideological divisions mar the pesticide special committee’s last act

A deeply divided European Parliament’s PEST Committee stuck to its broad mandate and approved a diluted final report on pesticides, as political confusion continued to hinder attempts to revise the current protocol for their authorisation.

Disparities remain on how to tackle lung cancer in Europe, report says

Enhanced prevention measures, especially against tobacco and electronic cigarettes, combined with access to innovative treatments can help tackle rising lung cancer cases in Europe, a new study funded by the industry has found.
Agrifood 30-11-2018

Efficient spending at the roots of MEPs divisions over new CAP

The post-2020 Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) discussions started at long last in the European Parliament, but in a deeply divided Agricultural Committee. MEPs still seem a long way from an agreement on how to spend the money and who should get the subsidies.
Agrifood 30-11-2018

Boosting farm innovation fast through cooperation

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The European innovations partnerships in agriculture (EIP-AGRI) build bridges between science and practice by connecting farmers, researchers, advisors businesses, and environmental groups.
Economic governance 30-11-2018

Italy one step closer to EU budget procedure

Italy’s deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio said he was confident about ongoing talks with the European Commission over the country’s budget, despite a fresh recommendation by EU government representatives on Thursday (29 November) to open an excessive deficit procedure against Italy.
Health 28-11-2018

EU climate plan teases €200bn in health savings per year

Europe stands to avoid €200 billion in healthcare costs every year and significantly reduce premature deaths if the EU ends up adopting an ambitious climate change policy for 2050, according to the European Commission's long-term strategy.
Health 27-11-2018

Next Commission needs a vice-president for health, campaigners say

A new office should be set up in the next European Commission to implement cross-sectoral policies in health policymaking, a multi-stakeholder platform has said.
Economic governance 25-11-2018

Commission ‘not at war’ with Italy, Juncker says

The European Commission has no plan to start a war with Italy over its budget, Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said a day after a working dinner with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte on Saturday (24 November). But Rome confirmed that the main reforms included in the disputed budget will stay unchanged.
Health 23-11-2018

Debating mandatory or voluntary vaccination is ‘absolutely useless’, says EU health chief

Medical experts, not politicians, should decide whether vaccination should be mandatory or not, EU health Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis told reporters on Thursday (21 November), adding that the only relevant objective is to reach maximum coverage.
Agrifood 22-11-2018

Commission and capitals not fully on same page over plant protection

There is no shortage of plant protection products (PPPs) in the EU, the Commission has said in reply to the EU ministers who have complained of a lack of available substances to tackle the spread of plant diseases.