Gerardo Fortuna

Agrifood 21-05-2019

EFSA boss: Next time we should also assess consequences without glyphosate

The next re-authorisation process for the controversial glyphosate weedkiller should also include an assessment of a potential ban of the substance in terms of food availability, biodiversity and farmers’ income, Bernhard Url told EURACTIV.com in an interview.
Agrifood 21-05-2019

Commission in search of ‘robust response’ to gene editing challenge

The EU executive has already prepared the ground for a new initiative on gene editing to overhaul the current GMO legislation, EU agriculture commissioner Phil Hogan has said.

Salvini fumes at EU court ruling on refugee returns

Italy’s hardline deputy prime minister reiterated his call to change the EU in reaction to a ruling  by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) that refugees cannot be deported if their life or freedom is at risk in their home countries.
Agrifood 15-05-2019

EFSA: No cure for olive plants pest, the whole EU is at risk

In two opinions released on Wednesday (15 May), the EU Food Safety Agency confirmed that there is still no known way to eradicate the xylella fastidiosa from a sick olive tree. Control measures can contain the disease, but they have to be applied, EFSA's director told EURACTIV.
Health 10-05-2019

Salvini declares war on cannabis, threatens to bring down government

Italy's hardline Interior Minister Matteo Salvini announced his intention to close every legal cannabis shop in Italy "one by one", saying he would even consider toppling the government if his coalition ally, the Five Star Movement, refuses to back him.
Agrifood 09-05-2019

EU bets on digitalisation to fight illegal fishing

The European Commission launched a new IT tool on Tuesday (8 May) to track illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU) from third countries, with a view to set up an entirely digitalised documentation of catches.
Agrifood 03-05-2019

Nutrition expert: Food labelling needs harmonised and nutrient-rich profiling

Energy-dense foods are cheap while nutrient-rich foods cost more, and this imbalance is at the root of the global obesity pandemic, nutrition expert Adam Drewnowski told EURACTIV. He suggested that policymakers should adopt harmonised nutrient-rich profiling on food labelling in order...
EU Elections 2019 03-05-2019

Salvini embraces friend Orbán, keeping chances of EPP deal alive

All European parties, except those on the left and including the centre-right EPP, will be considered as allies to Italy's right-wing Lega party in the upcoming EU elections, leader Matteo Salvini said in Hungary on Thursday (2 May).
Agrifood 30-04-2019

Childhood obesity is a plague on Southern Europe, new WHO report finds

Higher numbers of severe obesity and overweight cases were reported in Southern European, according to a new study from the World Health Organisation (WHO). Treatment and management options are still having a limited impact.
Health 29-04-2019

Poll: Nearly half of Europeans think vaccines ‘can often produce severe side effects’

85% of EU citizens believe vaccines are an effective way of preventing diseases, but almost half of them think vaccines "can often produce severe side-effects," according to a new Eurobarometer survey.
Agrifood 26-04-2019

Bioeconomy, a smarter way of using agricultural resources

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Giving biological resources such as residues and waste a second life means also making money out of the closing of the production circle. Bioeconomy promotes a smarter way of using and also conceiving these resources.
Economy & Jobs 26-04-2019

Shaping the future of higher education

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The education sector is facing a process of rethinking to provide future students with new required skills for working and living in a world that is changing ever more rapidly. But also some social aspects need to be addressed.
Economy & Jobs 26-04-2019

New skills will require students to expect the unexpected, education expert says

Over the coming years, the professional higher education sector must smooth educational differences among the European regions, boost local employment and provide students with the new skills needed in a changing labour market, the head of a European higher education association told EURACTIV in an interview.
Agrifood 24-04-2019

Food industry hails new EU rules on mutual recognition of goods

Food industry representatives welcomed the recently revised EU legislation on mutual recognition of goods as a major step forward in the completion of the EU single market. But they said more efforts were needed to improve standardisation, even the well-harmonised food sector.
Agrifood 23-04-2019

Private sector is part of the solution in bioeconomy, experts say

The private sector has a key role to play in promoting bioeconomy in the agrifood sector, high-level experts have told EURACTIV.com. However, they said the risk of depriving the food production system of organic resources must be weighed up.

Endocrine disruptors drop the curtain on this European Parliament

On Thursday (18 April), the European Parliament adopted a non-binding resolution asking the European Commission to ensure a higher level of protection against endocrine disruptors (EDCs) by making a legislative proposal on the matter no later than June 2020.
Politics 18-04-2019

The Brief – Tales from the ‘Bourg

MEPs closed the Strasbourg shop this week before the EU elections and EURACTIV was there to see all the comings and goings. What happens in Alsace, definitely does not stay in Alsace...
Agrifood 18-04-2019

Chorus of approval over new EU food safety transparency rules

On Wednesday (17 April) a large majority of MEPs gave a thumbs up to an overhaul of  the General Food Law (GFL). The increased transparency of the EU risk assessment, already acknowledged as one of the most stringent in the world, has now been hailed.
Agrifood 18-04-2019

MEPs confirm electric fishing ban, despite eleventh-hour Dutch effort

The European Parliament approved on Tuesday (16 April) new technical rules on fishing activities and catching methods allowed within EU waters, confirming that the use of electric currents or 'pulse fishing' will be illegal from mid-2021.
Health 12-04-2019

Tap water rules no longer in deep water, but health concerns persist

Finland's EU presidency and MEPs in the new European Parliament will have to address all relevant health concerns when it comes to the drinking water rules if they want to pass the historic first citizen-led EU legislation in the next term.
Digital 10-04-2019

‘Five Star’ guru bets on blockchain to fix party’s e-voting platform

Blockchain technologies could help to ensure transparency on the controversial voting platform where Five Star Movement's activists make decisions, said the software owner's Davide Casaleggio in Brussels on Tuesday (9 April).
Agrifood 09-04-2019

No-deal makes no sense, Irish Commissioner says

The worst possible Brexit outcome is no-deal according to EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan, who on Monday (8 April) presented a set of contingency measures specific to certain agrifood products and tailored to the most exposed member states.
Health 05-04-2019

Katainen: Same level of priority for food and medicine in no-deal Brexit

Medicine supplies and food safety standards are both vital and the EU cannot prioritise one over the other in the event of a no-deal Brexit, Vice President of the Commission Jyrki Katainen said on Thursday (4 April).
Agrifood 02-04-2019

MEPs rubber-stamp first portion of next CAP, shed spotlight on wine and ‘real’ steak

An extension for vine planting authorisations, nutrition info on wine labels, and a provision banning the use of terms like burger for veggie and vegan products were among the main suggestions filed by the current AGRI committee directly to the next European Parliament.

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