Gerardo Fortuna

Politics 21-08-2019

Italy’s Conte blasts Salvini before handing in resignation

Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte resigned on Tuesday evening (20 August), despite an eleventh-hour attempt by the far-right Lega party to defuse the crisis by withdrawing a motion of no-confidence against the government.
Politics 20-08-2019

Italy’s government crisis comes to the boil

Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte will clear the air on the political crisis gripping his coalition as he is expected to announce his resignation today (20 August), opening a new period of political uncertainty for the eurozone's third-largest economy.
Politics 02-08-2019

Italian former EU minister to advise Macron, prompting backlash at home

Sandro Gozi, a former Italy's undersecretary to European affairs in both Renzi and Gentiloni cabinet, will serve as EU affairs advisor to French Prime minister Edouard Philippe, casting doubts over a potential conflict of interests.
Agrifood 31-07-2019

Bad eating generates huge costs to society, experts warn

The EU should not lower the guard on non-communicable dietary-related diseases such as obesity and diabetes, as they have a relevant economic impact on citizens' daily life, according to food and nutrition experts.
Brexit 26-07-2019

Brexit conundrum doesn’t stop willing UK MEPs from doing their job

Despite the spectre of Brexit, British MEPs can and should be properly engaged with the European Parliament as long as they are here, according to the only two UK top job holders in the European institutions so far.
Agrifood 24-07-2019

MEPs urge Commission to rev up work on transitional CAP

Lawmakers in the Parliament's Agriculture Committee are increasingly doubtful that the post-2020 Common Agriculture Policy will be delivered on schedule, considering the delays in moving the reform forward, and want transitional regulation to ensure there are no interruptions.
Politics 22-07-2019

Parliament’s top jobs at a glance

All boxes of the European Parliament's complex power-sharing puzzle have now been ticked, after last week's appointment of Slovak conservative Lucia Ďuriš Nicholsonová as chairwomen of the Social Affairs Committee. EURACTIV brings you all chairs of the Parliament's 22 committees at a glance.
Agrifood 19-07-2019

‘Environmentalist’ von der Leyen forgot farming in her speech, MEPs say

Ursula von der Leyen' slip-up on agriculture did not pass unnoticed by lawmakers, who voiced regret that the Commission president-elect did not mention at all the farming sector in the first speech she addressed to the plenary in Strasbourg last Tuesday (16 July).
Agrifood 18-07-2019

EU ministers struggle to find a ‘practical’ roadmap for a greener CAP

Although all EU ministers agree on higher climate objectives in the post-2020 Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), they still do not know how to put this environmental ambition into practice.
Politics 16-07-2019

ECR at odds with other groups over last remaining Parliament committee chair

Europe's conservative group (ECR) insisted on presenting former Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydło as its candidate for the chair of the European Parliament's social affairs committee on Monday (15 July). But she was voted down again by her peers.
Circular economy 15-07-2019

Rome prepares to ship its rubbish across Europe, raising environmental concerns

The exit strategy from Rome’s current garbage crisis involves re-routing thousands of tonnes of junk to Sweden and other EU countries, with a huge financial and environmental cost in terms of CO2 emissions.
Politics 11-07-2019

MEPs shut out nationalists from key posts

MEPs from the nationalist Identity and Democracy (ID) group have been excluded from the last EU key posts left in parliamentary committees. Hungary's Fidesz and Poland's Law and Justice have also been partially subjected to the cordon sanitaire imposed by the pro-European majority.
EU Elections 2019 09-07-2019

Power-sharing puzzle solved: Who will chair parliamentary committees?

EURACTIV has pieced together the names of already designated and potential candidates for chairing the European Parliament’s 20 committees and two sub-committees, before their formal election on Wednesday (10 July).
EU Elections 2019 02-07-2019

EU leaders agree on top job picks but trouble already looms

The European Council finally agreed on a pick for the Commission presidency and rallied behind Germany’s Ursula von der Leyen on Tuesday (2 July). But it sets up a potentially ugly encounter with the European Parliament, which might not sanction her appointment.
EU Elections 2019 01-07-2019

Locked in strife, EU leaders adjourn talks on top jobs for next morning

A summit of EU28 leaders was adjourned in acrimony on Monday (1 July) after almost 18 hours of talks failed to produce an agreement on how to carve out the bloc's top jobs, due to opposition from Eastern member states and divisions within the conservative European People's Party.
Health 01-07-2019

Vaccines are victim of their own success, global health expert says

One of the reasons behind the decline in vaccine confidence is that people have gotten complacent, as diseases that have killed millions of people aren’t here anymore due to the success of vaccination, an epidemiologist told EURACTIV.
Agrifood 28-06-2019

Producers and NGOs are still far apart on animal farming

A lively but polarised debate between farmers and an environmental organisation has exposed barely-concealed tensions between stakeholders over livestock farming, which could colour the political agenda of the next legislative term.
EU Elections 2019 27-06-2019

New European Parliament starts solving its power-sharing puzzle

Political groups in the new European Parliament have started carving up the top jobs ahead of next week’s inaugural session. At an internal meeting held on Wednesday (26 June), each political group stated their first choices for positions of chairs...
Agrifood 24-06-2019

China’s Qu Dongyu beats EU candidate for FAO leadership

Despite months of diplomatic efforts, Europe failed to get French candidate Catherine  Geslain-Lanéelle elected as the new chairperson of the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).
Agrifood 21-06-2019

Europe challenges Asia in a three-candidate race at FAO

Delegates from around the world are set to choose the new head of the UN food and agriculture agency (FAO) this weekend, in a three-way race between candidates from France, China and Georgia. 
Health 20-06-2019

€102m grant boosts EU-WHO regional cooperation on global health

The new grant program largely funded by the European Development Fund (EDF) will support all 78 African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries in an effort to strengthen their regional health systems and tackle non-communicable diseases and health security issues.
Agrifood 18-06-2019

Overfishing lurks in flagship EU subsidy scheme

A meeting of EU agriculture ministers today (18 June) will be entirely dedicated to fisheries. Ministers are expected to reach a tentative deal on the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) post-2020, the main EU fund that supports fishing communities.
Agrifood 17-06-2019

Transport decarbonisation targets will be revised if needed, EU official says

Although the new renewable energy directive (REDII) set compromise minimum targets helping to decarbonise the transport sector, the EU executive reserves the right to take action on the matter again if necessary, a Commission official has said.
Politics 14-06-2019

Far-right wants to be involved in next Parliament’s power-sharing

Doubled in size compared to the last legislature, the newly formed nationalist group Identity and Democracy (ID) is now eager to capitalise on its success and get a share of high-level roles in the European Parliament’s Bureau and committees.

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