Gerardo Fortuna

Agrifood 05-05-2021

EU gives green light to bloc’s first edible insect

Dried yellow mealworms are the first insect food to receive the go-ahead for marketing authorisation in the EU after a favourable opinion from member states.
Agrifood 30-04-2021

Agrifood Brief: Gene-editing super league

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.   This week: EURACTIV’s agrifood team delves into the publication of the Commission’s controversial new...
Coronavirus 30-04-2021

MEPs vote down call for COVID vaccine IP waiver

An amendment calling on the EU to back India and South Africa's proposal to temporary lift intellectual property rights for the COVID-19 vaccine was rejected by the European Parliament on Thursday (29 April).
Agrifood 29-04-2021

Commission reopens gene editing’s box amid sustainability claims

A new study from the European Commission has concluded that the current legal framework governing new genomic techniques (NGTs) is insufficient and indicated that new policy instruments should be considered to reap the benefits of this technology.
Agrifood 29-04-2021

Portuguese farm minister envisages 2-day super trilogue to secure CAP deal

As the end of its presidency approaches, Portugal will call another decisive two-day 'super trilogue' to wrap up for good talks on the EU's Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) reform. The agriculture minister Maria do Céu Antunes takes a stock of the negotiations in an exclusive interview with EURACTIV.
Agrifood 28-04-2021

Geographical indications: what will change after Brexit?

The protection of geographical indications (GIs) is unlikely to cause any great headache after Brexit, although care will be needed when handling it in future trade talks.
Agrifood 23-04-2021

Agrifood Brief: Black gold

Welcome to EURACTIV’s AgriFood Brief, your weekly update on all things Agriculture & Food in the EU.
Agrifood 23-04-2021

EU cautious on Danone’s shift towards ‘best before’ date marking

The European Commission has urged caution about the expiry date marking of highly perishable food after multinational food concern Danone announced plans to get rid of the 'use by' reference for its dairy products.
Politics 23-04-2021

And then there were eight: Five Star group loses another MEP

Italian MEP Isabella Adinolfi is to join Christian-democrat European People's Party (EPP) adding to the long list of lawmakers who have left the parliamentary delegation of the Italian anti-establishment party Five Star Movement.
Health 21-04-2021

Health expert: Routine immunisation should not be put on back-burner due to COVID

A real commitment from all stakeholders and policymakers is needed to support a catch-up immunisation campaign and overcome the difficulties routine vaccination programmes have experienced during the pandemic, according to a key vaccine stakeholder.
Agrifood 21-04-2021

Portuguese presidency to give MEPs a new eco-scheme offer in CAP talks

The Portuguese presidency of the EU Council aims to meet the European Parliament halfway by increasing up to 25% the eco-scheme ring-fencing, in a bid to break the deadlock on the green architecture of the Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) reform.
Health 20-04-2021

Europe reunited against football Super League proposal

From top EU officials to European leaders, UK politicians and bosses of nationalist parties: the universal condemnation against the project of a new football tournament has reunited Europe for once.
Agrifood 16-04-2021

Agrifood Brief: Two birds, one score

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.   We speak with the chair of the European Parliament’s AGRI committee, Norbert Lins, about...
Agrifood 16-04-2021

European Commission open to consider cage rearing ban initiative

Three members of the European Commission have reacted positively to a public petition requesting the phase-out of cage rearing in the EU, expressing support to the initiative.
Agrifood 16-04-2021

ECJ confirms electric fishing ban, says science cannot justify all

Europe's highest court has dismissed the latest Dutch attempt to halt the ban on the controversial practice of pulse trawling, in a ruling that put boundaries to the science-oriented approach of EU lawmaking.
Agrifood 15-04-2021

End of the halloumi protection saga brings prospects of peace in Cyprus

The importance of the freshly awarded EU protection for halloumi cheese goes beyond its food implication: key political actors have seen it as a historic opportunity to enhance economic cooperation and bring the two national communities in Cyprus closer.
Coronavirus 14-04-2021

Council ready to negotiate on COVID travel certificate

EU-27 ambassadors gave the go-ahead on Wednesday (14 April) to the Council's position in the upcoming negotiations with the European Parliament on the Digital green certificates, a tool conceived by the European Commission to ease travel restrictions in the summer season despite the pandemic.
Agrifood 02-04-2021

Agrifood Brief: Virtual insanity

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. PLEASE NOTE: Due to the Easter break, we have taken a brief pause from podcasting...
Agrifood 02-04-2021

MEP: Labelling of gene-edited foodstuffs is impossible

Labelling foodstuff as gene-edited products is simply not possible as the genetic improvements brought by the new breeding technologies (NBTs) are not identifiable, according to the Italian MEP Herbert Dorfmann.
Agrifood 02-04-2021

Nutri-Score food labelling plan is not panacea, EU official says

The proposed colour-coded Nutri-Score labelling system should not be seen as a panacea for consumers to assess the healthiness of food, according to a member of the cabinet of EU's agriculture Commissioner Janusz Wojciechowski.
Health 01-04-2021

Expert: Portugal’s new anti-Legionella regime fits with EU tap water rules

The new Portuguese framework for the prevention and control of Legionnaires’ diseases is compatible with the flexibility allowed under the European Union’s overhauled tap water rules, a Portuguese health expert has told EURACTIV.com.
Health 01-04-2021

COVID-19 plasma therapy comes handy either way, EU Commission says

Even though the efficiency of plasma therapies against COVID-19 are not yet demonstrated, increasing Europe's blood collection capacity will contribute to address chronic shortages, the European Commission has said.
Agrifood 30-03-2021

Free Trade Agreements and Agriculture

In this video EURACTIV takes a closer look at FTAs and what makes EU foodstuff so crucial in trade negotiations.
Agrifood 29-03-2021

CAP super trilogue brings ‘good atmosphere’ but few decisions

An ambitious meeting called by the Portuguese EU presidency on Friday (26 March) to seek a breakthrough in talks on the EU's Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) talks did not settle all the issues on the table although negotiators considered it a step in the right direction.