Gerardo Fortuna

Agrifood 05-03-2021

Agrifood Brief: ‘Buttergate’ – could it spread to Europe?

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 takes a look at why butter is hitting the headlines in Canada...
Coronavirus 04-03-2021

Italy denies authorisation to ship AstraZeneca shots to Australia

After having informed the European Commission and received its go-ahead, Italy has blocked a shipment of 250,000 doses of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine directed to Australia.
Agrifood 04-03-2021

Beyond Farm to Fork: the ‘agricultural’ side of EU’s biodiversity strategy

The European Union's bid to tackle biodiversity loss goes hand in hand with the new ambition of making the food system more sustainable, involving several farming aspects.
Politics 02-03-2021

Five Star Movement seeks parliamentary shelter among socialists

The recent overhaul of Italy's Five Star Movement (M5S) and its likely stable positioning on the centre-left side of the political spectrum could open the door for them to join the socialist group in the European Parliament.
Agrifood 01-03-2021

Portuguese presidency calls ‘super trilogue’ to seek CAP breakthrough

Portugal's agriculture minister Maria do Céu Antunes will convene by the end of March a joint negotiation meeting with all the three European parliament's rapporteurs to bring about a breakthrough in the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) talks.
Agrifood 26-02-2021

Agrifood Brief: More w(h)ining than dining – MEP’s beef with agri promotion

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 speaks with Green MEP Viola von Cramon about a new report released which found...
Future EU 26-02-2021

EPP silent over Orban’s flirt with nationalist Brothers of Italy

Europe's biggest political group, the centre-right European People’s Party (EPP), has declined to comment on a letter of support Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbàn sent to Italy’s nationalist party Brothers of Italy, member of another political family, where he cites their shared "Christian and conservative values".
Agrifood 26-02-2021

Snubbed European Parliament enters final laps of Farm to Fork race

The EU's new ambitious food policy is ready to face tough parliamentary scrutiny from lawmakers who feel being pushed aside by the European Commission.
Agrifood 26-02-2021

Italy, Slovenia await Commission to settle balsamic vinegar dispute

Italy is up in arms, trying to defend the world-famous balsamic vinegar of Modena from an attempt to 'standardise' its production made by Slovenia, and the European Commission appears to have until 3 March to settle the issue.
Coronavirus 26-02-2021

AstraZeneca fails to reassure MEPs over timely vaccine deliveries

Grilled by European lawmakers, the chief executive of AstraZeneca, Pascal Soriot, gave only vague explanations about recent supply cuts of COVID-19 vaccines and about the preferential treatment given to the UK, failing to guarantee the expected EU deliveries for the second quarter of the year.
Agrifood 24-02-2021

EU regions’ advisory body proposes ‘Mediterranean diet’ label

An ad hoc label for food products belonging to the Mediterranean diet is the latest suggestion in the EU-wide food labelling fray to cope with negative effects caused by colour-coded Nutri-score.
Agrifood 23-02-2021

Level of food security in the EU is not uniform, report shows

European countries performed differently in a study that measures the state of global food security, showing an internal discrepancy within the bloc that put Europe behind North America in the ranking of regions.
Agrifood 19-02-2021

Agrifood Brief: Rumblings of discontent

All eyes are currently on India, where farmers are taking the streets to protest legislative changes in national agri-food policy. But there are also rumblings of discontent closer to home.
Coronavirus 18-02-2021

Commission concerned about COVID vaccines black market

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has warned member states that getting supplies of COVID vaccines from illicit trade entails considerable risks for human health.
Elections 17-02-2021

The Brief, powered by FACEBOOK – Before the Dragon crows

The biblical analogies with Italy’s new government are not just confined to the figure of Mario Draghi, they involve his ‘unusual’ new disciples too.
Agrifood 12-02-2021

Agrifood Brief: The apple of EU discord

In a recently published Parliament survey, agriculture, food and fisheries have emerged as a major area of disagreement between Brussels and the EU capitals.
Economy & Jobs 12-02-2021

Social inequalities overtake climate change in EU citizens’ concerns – poll

Reducing poverty and social inequality has become the main policy priority for EU citizens after the COVID-19 pandemic, a new survey commissioned by the European Parliament has shown.
Agrifood 05-02-2021

Agrifood Brief: From Farm(er) to Fork

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: What do Roman gods and vices have to do with...
Agrifood 04-02-2021

EU goes easy on alcohol in cancer plan

Alcoholic drinks have been treated differently to tobacco products in Europe's Beating cancer plan, as overuse, not its use, will be targeted by the Commission's initiatives.
Agrifood 04-02-2021

Commission dampens bid to end EU meat promotion

The European Commission has softened its stance on phasing out the promotion of red and processed meat in Europe's Beating Cancer Plan, and the latest change has received a mixed reception from stakeholders.
Agrifood 03-02-2021

MEPs to extend support to wine sector amid COVID, US tariffs uncertainty

European lawmakers have backed the Commission's proposal to extend the length of an aid package for winegrowers by an additional year.
Agrifood 29-01-2021

Indoor v Outdoor – What does future hold for hospitality sector?

The COVID crisis has hit economies hard but it is also providing the foodservice industry and the hospitality sector a chance to test new ways to engage customers, taking into account how their eating habits are changing.
Agrifood 28-01-2021

Agricultural Statistics Explained

EURACTIV takes a closer look at agricultural statistics - Why do they matter, why should we care?
Coronavirus 27-01-2021

EU-AstraZeneca row heats up as Commission asks to publish contract

The European Commission has once again rejected AstraZeneca's claim that it has not breached any contractual obligation to the EU by delaying the shipment of vaccines, and instead suggested to make public the contract with the Anglo-Swedish pharmaceutical company.
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