Magdalena Pistorius

Elections 26-01-2022

Sovereignty at the heart of Macron’s Europe vision

French President Emmanuel Macron, who is building suspense over whether he will run for a second term, has a vision of "refounding" a more sovereign Europe. EURACTIV France reports.
Agrifood 24-01-2022

Reducing pesticide use requires ‘coordinated effort’, says French minister

Finding alternatives to plant protection products requires a "coordinated effort" from all member states, French Ecological Transition Minister Barbara Pompili, who presided over the talks with EU agriculture ministers in Amiens from 20-22 January, has said. EURACTIV France reports.
Agrifood 18-01-2022

France to push EU states to approve avian flu vaccine for poultry

Two vaccines will soon be tested in France in response to the worst avian influenza outbreak Europe has ever faced, French Agriculture Minister Julien Denormandie has announced. The aim is for them to be approved for all 27 EU member states. EURACTIV France reports.
Agrifood 14-01-2022

French CAP plan prioritises legumes, hedges and carbon farming

France's national strategic plan for the Common Agriculture Policy  (CAP), which was submitted to the European Commission at the end of 2021, prioritises legume production, the planting of hedges and carbon farming. EURACTIV France 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 21-12-2021

France and Austria ask Brussels to develop EU plant-based protein strategy

French and Austrian agriculture ministers signed a joint declaration to strengthen the production of plant-based proteins such as soybeans, legumes, and oilseeds in the EU and increase "the EU's self-sufficiency". EURACTIV France reports.
Agrifood 14-12-2021

France to strongly back Commission’s deforestation proposal during EU presidency

France will back the European Commission in fighting deforestation and defending a "high" level of ambition when it takes on the French EU Council Presidency in January for six months, French Agriculture Minister Julien Denormandie told EU agriculture ministers on 13 December.
Agrifood 24-11-2021

NEWBIE on the block: How support networks can encourage farming debutants

The lack of young farmers remains a major challenge for the agrifood world. EURACTIV takes a look at a new project exploring how newcomers can be supported in establishing resilient and sustainable farm businesses across Europe.
Agrifood 22-11-2021

Everything you need to know ahead of the CAP final vote

It's crunch time for the EU's Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), with lawmakers in the European Parliament set to give their green light to the reform of the EU's farming policy once and for all on Tuesday (23 November). So, what should you know ahead of the vote?
Agrifood 18-11-2021

French farmers endorse carbon farming but highlight transition costs

With its low carbon strategy, the French government aims to green agriculture through the development of carbon sequestration in soils. French farmers salute the strategy but call for stronger aids for the transition to be financially sustainable.
Agrifood 08-11-2021

French beekeepers call for immediate ban on common herbicide to help ailing sector

French beekeepers have called for a ban on the second most widely used herbicide, profulscarb, saying that this is needed to protect the ailing sector which is reeling from the worst honey harvest to date. EURACTIV France reports.
Agrifood 08-11-2021

Industry, NGOs clash over role of genetics in agricultural transition

While the French seed industry, the government, and the European Commission agree on the need to develop crop varieties further, NGOs have warned of risks linked with deregulating new genomic techniques.
Agrifood 29-10-2021

Farm to Fork studies do not give ‘whole picture’, agri stakeholders warn

Agricultural productivity could decline if several studies on Farm to Fork policy impact are to be believed. But critics say the studies do not paint the whole picture and the EU's flagship food policy is on the right track.
Agrifood 28-10-2021

Farmers will not ‘sit around and wait’ amid uncertainty over CAP strategic plans

European farmers’ leeway for planning the changes needed to implement Common Agricultural Policy's new green architecture is shrinking, as it remains uncertain whether all member states will submit the national strategic plans on time.
Agrifood 21-10-2021

French agencies to check pesticide exposure of residents in wine-growing areas

France's food and public health agencies, Anses and Santé Publique France, have announced that they would be launching a study on pesticide exposure among people living in wine-growing areas. The issue is of growing concern in France and the EU.
Economy & Jobs 13-10-2021

Macron presents France’s 2030 objectives, backed by €30 billion

French President Emmanuel Macron presented a massive investment plan, “France 2030”, on Tuesday (12 October). Backed by €30 billion, the plan will support innovation in flagship projects such as small-scale nuclear reactors and the first low-carbon aircraft.
Agrifood 07-10-2021

EU market protection, farmers’ income dominate French livestock summit talks

During France's upcoming EU Council presidency, reciprocity will be the name of the game for its Agriculture Minister Julien Denormandie, who took the opportunity during a recent agricultural summit to emphasise the importance of protecting the European market and farmers' wages
Agrifood 01-10-2021

French mega-basins project defended by agriculture minister ‘worries’ Commission

The European Commission is worried about a project that aims to build agricultural mega-basins in France's Poitou-Charentes region. While farmers, activists, residents and Green MEPs see it as "water grabbing", French Agriculture Minister Julien Denormandie see it as smart water management.
Elections 30-09-2021

After ‘Mercron’: What German elections could mean for the Franco-German tandem

With the Merkel era coming to an end, both the Franco-German relationship and the tandem’s role in the EU are at a watershed. For the moment, however, France seems to be holding its breath.
Agrifood 24-09-2021

Agrifood Brief: Got (bio) milk?

After riding high on a wave of rapidly growing consumer demand for more organic products, the French 'bio' milk branch is facing an unprecedented decline in demand this year.
French agriculture
Agrifood 24-09-2021

New German arable strategy fails to impress environmentalists, organic farmers

Although Germany's annual harvest and arable farming report was revised at the end of August to take account of the climate crisis, it still includes changes that remain just 'symbolic politics' for environmentalist NGOs and organic farmers.
Agrifood 22-09-2021

How will Germany implement the CAP’s green targets?

EU farm ministers agreed to a new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) in July that favours "greener" farming practices, with terms like "eco-schemes" and environmental "conditionality" taking centre stage during the negotiations. But what does this concretely mean for German agriculture? EURACTIV Germany reports.
Politics 20-09-2021

From Chirac to Macron: The four Franco-German duos of the Merkel era

Following Chancellor Angela Merkel's recent visit to France for her last working dinner with President Emmanuel Macron in Paris, EURACTIV France takes a look at the past four "leadership couples" at the heart of Franco-German relations.
Agrifood 13-09-2021

Macron announces new French crop insurance scheme

French President Emmanuel Macron has promised to create a new crop insurance system, with a budget of €600 million per year, which will be simpler, faster and more efficient.