Julia Dahm

Agrifood 26-01-2022

Germany favours ‘pragmatic’ approach to animal welfare labelling

Germany's agriculture ministry wants to approach the implementation of a national animal husbandry label "step by step", while also pushing an origin label at the EU level. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Agrifood 21-01-2022

European Parliament calls for better animal protection during transport

The European Parliament has adopted recommendations for tougher and more effective animal protection rules during live transports. Some, however, bemoan lacking ambition and call for a hard limit on the duration of journeys.
Global Europe 20-01-2022

US, allies pledge to act swiftly if Russian troops cross Ukraine border

Western countries sought to project unity over Ukraine in a flurry of diplomatic efforts on Thursday (20 January), after US President Joe Biden suggested allies were split over how to react to any 'minor incursion' from Russia.
Agrifood 20-01-2022

German ministers to push for end of agri-subsidies in Brussels

Environment Minister Lemke and Agriculture Minister Özdemir displayed unity at a joint appearance on Tuesday (18 January). The two Green ministers want to advocate an end to direct agricultural payments and increased organic production.
Agrifood 19-01-2022

Member states put pedal to the metal on Commission’s carbon farming plans

Member states are keen to step up talks on carbon sequestration in farming under the French EU presidency, given the Commission's legislative proposal expected by the end of the year.
Agrifood 17-01-2022

German agri minister to introduce mandatory animal welfare label

In his first government statement to the German federal parliament on Friday (January 14), Agriculture Minister Cem Özdemir announced his intentions to introduce mandatory husbandry labeling this year. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Agrifood 13-01-2022

Germany’s pesticide rules have major shortcomings – report

Germany's legal framework for using plant protection products has significant shortcomings, the conclusions of a report presented on Wednesday by an alliance of various associations shows. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Agrifood 05-01-2022

Nine member states including Germany missed first CAP deadline

One-third of the 27 EU countries missed the official deadline for submitting their national strategic plans under the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), including Germany and Belgium, a European Commission source confirmed to EURACTIV.
Agrifood 23-12-2021

German agricultural reform plans ‘jeopardise’ organic farming target

For organic farmers, Germany's plans for implementing the EU's agricultural reform run counter to achieving the 30 percent target for organic farming set by the new coalition government. EURACTIV Germany reports. 
Agrifood 17-12-2021

New German agri minister stresses forest protection at first EU meeting

During his first agriculture and fisheries council, new German Agriculture Minister Cem Özdemir presented himself as an advocate of climate protection and animal welfare as the ministers discussed measures against deforestation.
Agrifood 13-12-2021

EU lawmaker: Commission must reduce red tape for SMEs

The European Commission and the member states need to reduce the administrative burden on small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the food sector, according to conservative EU parliamentarian Marlene Mortler.
Health 08-12-2021

Germany’s new health minister, a vocal and divisive pandemic expert

Germany’s designated health minister has become (in)famous as a vocal advocate of decisive COVID-19 restrictive measures. A trained epidemiologist, Karl Lauterbach is also a long-time health politician and advocate of an equal health system.
Agrifood 08-12-2021

Glyphosate approval: stakeholders squabble over who has the science right

As the EU considers renewing its approval for the controversial herbicide glyphosate, the industry is defending the assessment procedure while environmental campaigners have denounced it for not being based on “sound science”.
Agrifood 03-12-2021

EU lawmakers call for tougher rules on live animal transport

Rules on the duration and conditions for animal transports need to become stricter, said MEPs on a Parliament special committee after having found numerous breaches of existing animal welfare rules.
Agrifood 30-11-2021

German Greens’ pick for agri minister is a prominent pragmatist, but farming newbie

Germany’s designated agriculture minister, Cem Özdemir, has no previous experience to show in the field. But, as long-term Green party chief, he says he has learned how to “build bridges”, and as a former MEP, he is no stranger to European politics.
Agrifood 29-11-2021

EU earmarks €320 million for soil health research to contribute to carbon removal

The European Union is stepping up efforts on soil health research with the announcement of a new Horizon Europe mission, which will also provide key funding for the promotion of carbon farming.
Agrifood 26-11-2021

New German coalition plans mandatory animal welfare label, restructuring of farm subsidies

Germany's next government will introduce compulsory livestock labelling and revise the distribution of EU agricultural subsidies, according to the coalition agreement the three parties agreed to on Wednesday (24 November). EURACTIV Germany reports.
Agrifood 17-11-2021

Berlin says carbon farming ‘high priority’ as farmers call for further action

While carbon farming is a priority for the German government, farmers say they are not doing enough to support measures financially. Environmentalists add that some of the promoted practices have limited climate value.
Agrifood 10-11-2021

Seasonal farm workers in Germany exposed to ‘massive labour rights violations’

Seasonal agriculture workers are exposed to numerous labour rights violations in Germany, according to a new report by the Fair Agriculture Initiative alliance on seasonal work in German agriculture. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Agrifood 08-11-2021

Brewers turn to blockchain for beer sustainability

To make the production of beer more sustainable, European brewing companies have started making use of blockchain technology. However, NGOs warn that single-use packaging still contributes to a large carbon footprint for many beverages.
Agrifood 05-11-2021

Germany’s rural residents happy with quality of life, bemoan job diversity

A majority of residents in rural regions in Germany are satisfied with their quality of life the situation is less positive when it comes to jobs, digitalisation and public transport links, a study commissioned by the agriculture ministry published on Monday (1 November) found. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Politics 04-11-2021

Merkel’s green legacy under scrutiny as she bids farewell to Macron

French President Macron welcomed acting German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday (3 November) for her farewell visit. But high-ranking critics accuse the outgoing German government of leaving behind a thorny legacy.
Agrifood 29-10-2021

Hard or soft law: what’s the status of EU sustainable agriculture goals?

With the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), the European Commission wants to make the policy more performance oriented. However, non-binding targets and national leeway might hinder the Commission’s quest to keep track of results.
Health 28-10-2021

Pandemic has brought major setbacks for gender equality, new report says

The COVID-19 pandemic has negatively impacted gender equality, mental and reproductive health across Europe, with little to no progress being made over the last 12 months, according to a report presented on Thursday (28 October) by the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE).