Gerardo Fortuna

Future EU 18-10-2019

Brexit, von der Leyen’s approval assert European Parliament’s key role

Two crucial dossiers for the EU's future need to be rubber-stamped by the European Parliament in the next two months, the Brexit deal and the approval of the new EU executive. Parliament President David Sassoli, making his debut among EU-28 leaders, assured them the new assembly was not "messy" but taking its job seriously.
Politics 16-10-2019

Italy’s German-speaking province makes U-turn on scrapping Italian name

The local government of the Italian autonomous province Alto Adige/Südtirol had to step back and change a law that would have removed the term ‘Alto Adige’ from its Brussels office, as the attempt nearly led the country to the brink of a constitutional crisis.
Agrifood 15-10-2019

EU Council follows Commission’s line, trims Baltic fishing quota

EU ministers have clinched a midnight deal on fishing quota limit in the Baltic Sea for 2020, following the Commission's proposal to decrease the total allowable catches for eight of the most commercially important fish stocks in the basin.
Agrifood 14-10-2019

Animal health the biggest challenge in livestock farming, researcher says

Even more than climate change, animal welfare will be the main challenge for the future of livestock farming and will lead to reconsider the entire system around the health of animals, a French farming researcher told EURACTIV.com.
Agrifood 11-10-2019

EU livestock sector hits back at criticism on animal farming

Over a dozen livestock stakeholders have been campaigning across metro stations in Brussels as well as online, in a bid to fight back against the narrative propagated by NGOs and environmentalists on animal farming. At stake is the very conception of modern animal farming practices in Europe.
Health 11-10-2019

Climate change leads to spread of Pneumonia-causing bacteria, expert says

A warmer climate and Europe's ageing population create a favourable breeding ground for legionella bacteria, which cause a type of pneumonia known as Legionnaires' disease, Professor Martin Exner said in an interview.
Agrifood 08-10-2019

Not getting lost in translation, Wojciechowski wins nod from MEPs

Speaking in his native tongue during the reparatory hearing, Polish Agriculture Commissioner-designate Janusz Wojciechowski delivered a compelling enough performance to persuade MEPs in the European Parliament's Agriculture Committee (AGRI) to confirm him as the next EU farming boss on Tuesday (8 October).
Agrifood 08-10-2019

CAP direct payments for farmers ‘free from errors’, EU Auditors say

The lion's share of the current Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) spending is substantially unaffected by material errors, while a quarter of rural development EU aids are partially wrongly attributed, according to the European Court of Auditors (ECA) last report.
Agrifood 02-10-2019

Hogan’s CAP proposal is ‘not the Bible’, says Wojciechowski to save his neck

Suggestions to re-open the European Commission's proposed Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) could be just enough to save the Polish Commissioner-designate after an overall poor performance in front of the European Parliament.
Agrifood 01-10-2019

SMEs could lead the change in new EU food policy, MEP said

Europe's small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) should have a role in delivering the new Farm to Fork strategy, a comprehensive EU food policy outlined by incoming Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, said Austrian MEP Lukas Mandl.
Agrifood 30-09-2019

Post-2020 CAP may start two years late, socialist MEPs hint

It is virtually impossible to have the reform of the Common Agriculture Policy (CAP), a key EU policy programme, ready for the start of the 2021-2027 programming period, according to two experienced socialist MEPs.
Agrifood 27-09-2019

Hogan: losing state aid competence won’t weaken new EU agriculture chief

As long as farmers facing difficulties can enjoy the derogations of state aid rules for the agriculture sector, it does not really matter which Directorate-General is in charge of these facilities, the outgoing EU farming boss Phil Hogan said in response to the latest organisational reshuffle in the Commission.
Agrifood 26-09-2019

Carbon-capture crops need incentives through CAP, EU ministers said

Soil carbon sequestration and other measures intended to reduce net greenhouse emissions in farming require proper funding and a degree of flexibility, EU agriculture ministers agreed at an informal meeting hosted by the Finnish Council presidency.
Agrifood 24-09-2019

Polish minister: EU farm nominee knows ‘specificity’ of Eastern agriculture

The added-value of Commissioner-designate for agriculture, Janusz Wojciechowski, is that he is aware of Eastern Europe's specificity when it comes to farming policy, says Polish farm minister Jan Krzysztof Ardanowski.

Eastern Europe diversity should be considered in EU-wide cancer plan

Having a pan-European cancer control plan is crucial, but some flexibility should be granted to member states in choosing which aspect to prioritise within the framework, said Linda Gibbs from Pfizer Oncology in an interview with EURACTIV.com.
Agrifood 20-09-2019

MEPs rebuke European Patent Office over conventional breeding copyright

In another episode of the longstanding legal saga on biotech inventions, the European Parliament delivered a new reprimand to the European Patent Office (EPO) reaffirming that tomatoes, broccoli and other plants obtained by essentially biological processes must not be patentable.

How patients’ involvement brings quality to cancer care and policymaking

Medical experts and stakeholders from patient advocacy groups are keen to point out how crucial it is to consider patients’ voice as an added value when conducting cancer clinical trials, whatever policy on cancer, national or EU-wide, will eventually be put together.
Agrifood 16-09-2019

Agriculture DG loses state aid oversight to boost competition rules

In an unexpected move, Commission President-elect Ursula von der Leyen has decided to move state aid competences in farming and fisheries from two directorates-general, Agriculture and Maritime affairs and fisheries, to DG Competition.
Circular economy 12-09-2019

First ‘millennial’ Commissioner to address challenges for Generation Z

Putting the youngest ever Commissioner-designate in charge of managing the most fearful threats for future generations of Europeans, such as environment protection and oceans' conservation, is the biggest gamble Ursula von der Leyen took in composing her team.
Politics 12-09-2019

Italy’s Conte proposes a ‘pact’ to start honeymoon with Commission

Freshly re-appointed as Italy's prime minister, Giuseppe Conte has meaningfully chosen Brussels and the EU institutions for his first official visit, aiming to lay down weapons and start a new give-and-take relation with the European Commission.
Health 11-09-2019

Better access to health innovation is Kyriakides’ top priority (and hardest task)

With increased powers, Health Commissioner-designate Stella Kyriakides is tasked with striking a difficult balance between making sure there is a steady supply of affordable medicines and ensuring that EU pharma industry remains a world leader in innovation.
Agrifood 10-09-2019

No request to look into different olive oil prices, Commission says

The European Commission has not received any formal request to launch an investigation into the different pricing levels on the EU olive oil market, a source at the EU executive has informed EURACTIV.com.
Future EU 05-09-2019

The Brief – Death to the Leopard

There is an old classic book that tells much more about Italian politics than newspaper clippings can say. It's 'The Leopard' by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, containing the famous quote: “If we want things to stay as they are, things will have to change.”
Agrifood 05-09-2019

Lawmakers give nod to EU food policy-making platform

EU lawmakers from different political groups and parliamentary committees are set to give birth to a multi-stakeholder platform that will address EU food policy in a holistic way, EURACTIV.com has learnt. 

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