Gerardo Fortuna

Health 24-11-2020

EU leaked pharma strategy pushes innovation for a resilient Europe

Affordability, availability and sustainability are the main focus points of the EU’s new pharmaceutical strategy, due to be published on Wednesday (25 November). 
Health 23-11-2020

EU’s chemicals strategy to face animal-testing test

The unveiling of the EU's chemicals strategy has sparked mixed reactions on whether it could act as a catalyst for phasing out animal tests or instead increase reliance on them.
Agrifood 20-11-2020

Avian flu threat hangs over Europe, warns EFSA

A highly pathogenic avian influenza is spreading rapidly in Northern Europe and reaching countries previously unaffected by the disease, the EU's food safety agency (EFSA) has found.
Agrifood 20-11-2020

Agrifood Brief: Fifty shades of green

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, we speak with: Tilman von Samson, spokesperson of the German...
Health 20-11-2020

CBD is not a narcotic under EU law, highest court rules

Prohibiting the marketing of cannabidiol oil (CBD) imported from other member states is contrary to EU law since there is no scientific evidence that hemp-based products have psychotropic effects, Europe’s highest court has found.
Agrifood 19-11-2020

Can the EU Commission scrap its CAP plan?

The European Commission's threat to withdraw its legislative proposal for the post-2020 EU’s farming subsidies programme has irritated EU lawmakers. EURACTIV.com asked some legal experts to clear the air about the controversy.
Health 19-11-2020

French pilot project may cast new light on access to medical cannabis

A landmark experimentation recently authorised in France can foster patient access to medicinal cannabis in the country and become a role model for Europe.
Agrifood 17-11-2020

Commission back-pedals on CAP withdrawal after rattling farm ministers

Withdrawing the proposal for a reform of the EU's farming subsidies programme is off the table, the European Commission assured farm ministers after its executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans hinted at this possibility, saying the programme could be better aligned with environmental objectives.
Agrifood 13-11-2020

Agrifood Brief: So long and thanks for all the lobster

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.   After four years of growing tensions, can food bring the two shores...
Agrifood 13-11-2020

Commission does not rule out CAP withdrawal at a later stage

The European Commission has confirmed that a withdrawal of its proposal for the reform of the EU's massive farming subsidies programme is still a possibility, though not at this stage.
Health 12-11-2020

Commission kicks off plan to rethink health in the EU

The European Commission has unveiled the first building blocks of a broader health package aimed at increasing the range of preparedness tools to respond to future cross-border health threats.
Health 11-11-2020

Council meets Parliament halfway on EU health budget

European lawmakers have agreed to reduce cuts to the proposed €9.4 billion EU4Health Programme, which will now amount to €5.1 billion in the forthcoming seven-year budget.
Agrifood 09-11-2020

Final CAP deal can still be fit for purpose, von der Leyen replies to Greens

Although certain aspects of both the European Parliament and the Council's positions on the EU's farming subsidies programme may raise eyebrows, upcoming negotiations can still result in a reform that makes the programme fit for purpose, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has said in reply to a letter from the Greens.
Agrifood 06-11-2020

Agrifood Brief: Out of touch policymakers risk CAP’s environmental ambition

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.   The failure of policy-makers to understand the underlying motivations behind farmers’ decisions...
Politics 06-11-2020

Five Star Movement infighting leaves eight EU party officers jobless

The latest development in the ever closer split-up of Italy’s anti-establishment party in the European Parliament will cost eight assistants their jobs. But it also reflects a deeper power struggle in the entire Five Star Movement back home.
Health 06-11-2020

Cancer committee chair: EU should not scrimp on healthcare

Each euro invested in cancer treatment is a step closer to patients' health, so Europe should not cut corners and leave patients alone in their fight, centre-right MEP Bartosz Arłukowicz told EURACTIV in an interview.
Health 04-11-2020

COVID-19 will not spell the end of EU’s cancer fight

The fight against cancer remains a cross-cutting priority for the EU although COVID-crisis has understandably diverted attention over the past few months.
Health 04-11-2020

Animal testing inefficiency is a fact and must be asserted, says MEP

Policymakers have the responsibility to shift the debate about alternatives to animal testing from the current contraposition between safety risks for humans and animal ethics, an MEP told EURACTIV.
Agrifood 30-10-2020

Agrifood Brief: Brussels revives hunger for (sustainable) vegemite

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.   In the EU’s capital, the week after the crucial votes on the...
Agrifood 28-10-2020

Report: EU donors needs to ‘green’ external action on farming

The lack of a comprehensive green transition strategy in the EU's external action on agriculture reduces the chances of achieving global nutrition security, a new NGO report has found.
Politics 27-10-2020

MEP: Green group is the natural place for Italy’s Five Star Movement

Italy's Five Star Movement convention in mid-November will address the unsolved issue of the anti-establishment party's place in the European Parliament, a Five Star MEP told EURACTIV.
Agrifood 27-10-2020

Commission official: Farm to Fork to be steadily evaluated in its implementation

No impact assessment of the pivotal EU's food policy as such is in the pipeline but each measure in the strategy will be separately evaluated, a Commission official ensured.
Agrifood 23-10-2020

MEPs save ‘veggie burger’ from denomination ban

The European Parliament has rejected all the amendments to the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) that would have proposed to ban the use of meat denominations for plant-based foodstuffs, putting the raging battle amongst stakeholders over the past few weeks to rest.
Agrifood 23-10-2020

Agrifood Brief: The ‘steaks’ are high, but why?

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.   It’s the issue that has captured hearts and minds, and set social...
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