Samuel White

Energy 29-01-2018

Balancing emissions and removals from Europe’s forests

EU policymakers face a big challenge to maximise the economic potential of Europe’s forestry sector while balancing its carbon emissions and removals. But it's one they will have to rise to if the bloc is to meet its climate and energy targets.
Agrifood 25-01-2018

Farmers renew calls for protection in Mercosur negotiations

European farmers have written to the European Commission to “reject any concessions” on the agricultural chapters of the EU’s free trade negotiations with South American trading bloc Mercosur, which they say would expose farmers to unfair competition.
Health 11-01-2018

Environmental advocates slam ECHA for transparency shortfall

Environmental advocacy group ClientEarth has criticised the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) for transparency failings that restrict public access to information and slow the adoption of safer chemicals.
Health 10-01-2018

Experts urge cautious approach as WHO classifies gaming addiction as illness

The World Health Organisation has classified addiction to video-gaming as an illness, in another sign that the condition is gaining recognition from medical professionals and mental health experts around the world.
Agrifood 09-01-2018

Food and drink industry calls for ‘functioning’ single market, Brexit certainty

Europe’s food and drink industry relies heavily on the EU single market to underpin its steady growth rate, but it has warned that Brexit poses a real threat to the future of many businesses.
Brexit 08-01-2018

The Brief – Wanted: A job for Mr Farage

For Brexit aficionados, the year has started with a welcome twist. Today, Nigel Farage met Michel Barnier in Brussels in an attempt to balance out the “neverending stream of Remainers” the EU’s Brexit negotiator has met since talks on the UK’s withdrawal began in June.
Agrifood 21-12-2017

EU unanimously backs UN World Bee Day

The United Nations declared 20 May to become World Bee Day, adopting a resolution proposed by Slovenia and supported by all EU member states, which aims to raise awareness of the insects' importance and warn about their dwindling numbers.
08-12-2017

The Brief, powered by Eni – Habemus sufficient progress

Habemus sufficient progress. Theresa May and Jean-Claude Juncker spoke of “give and take” as they agreed the two sides had come close enough on the divorce bill, citizens’ rights and the Irish border to move talks on to the second phase.
Brexit 08-12-2017

Brexit breakthrough as Commission says ‘sufficient progress’ made

Theresa May rushed to Brussels in the early hours of Friday morning (8 December), after the European Commission said all-night divorce talks had made “sufficient progress” to move on to the second phase of Brexit negotiations.
Agrifood 07-12-2017

EESC: EU needs a comprehensive food policy

Europe needs to revolutionise its approach to food, focusing on sustainability and health to tackle the many challenges of the future, said a report published on Wednesday (6 December).
Agrifood 04-12-2017

Farmers welcome CAP simplification, wary of renationalisation

EU farmers have joined the debate on the future of the Common Agricultural Policy by stressing the need to simplify common rules, but they have vigorously rejected any attempt to renationalise the bloc’s biggest common policy.
Agrifood 04-12-2017

Scientists demand end to crop-based biofuels

A group of 177 Dutch scientist have signed a letter urging the Netherlands to back a complete phase-out of crop-based biofuels at European level, calling them a “false solution to climate problems”.
Agrifood 30-11-2017

Parliament cautiously welcomes post-2020 CAP vision

The Commission’s communication on the future of the Common Agricultural Policy, which aims to give EU member states greater freedom in meeting the bloc’s common goals, received a broadly optimistic response in the European Parliament on Wednesday (29 November), although concerns remain over how it will be implemented.
Agrifood 29-11-2017

CAP communication promotes ‘beggar-thy-neighbour’ policy, agri experts say

The European Commission has presented its long-awaited vision for the future of the Common Agricultural Policy after 2020. But agricultural experts fear the communication, which proposes a radical overhaul of the policy’s delivery, rather than its substance, will weaken environmental protection and create unfair competition between farmers.
Agrifood 28-11-2017

The Brief: Merkel still wears the trousers in Berlin

Yesterday EU countries agreed to renew the licence for glyphosate, the controversial weed killer suspected of causing cancer and proven to cause headaches for lawmakers.
Politics 28-11-2017

Excessive complexity hinders transparency of lawmaking

Understanding of EU lawmaking among lobbyists and journalists has declined as the processes themselves have become more complex, to the point of making Brussels "a land of incompetence", experts said at a seminar on Monday (27 November).
Agrifood 28-11-2017

Commission’s biofuels proposal may kill future investment, industry warns

The biofuels industry has hit out at the European Commission’s proposal to reduce the cap on crop-based biofuels in the EU’s transport fuel mix, saying it would undermine the EU executive’s renewable energy policy and slash investment in advanced biofuels.
Agrifood 27-11-2017

EU agricultural policy incoherent and outdated – report

The Common Agricultural Policy has done a good job of ensuring farm income and food security but it is incoherent, inefficient and outdated, and must be radically overhauled to ensure good value for money in the future, an independent report has found.

MEPs to vote on ‘strict minimum’ 35% renewables target

The European Parliament’s influential Committee on Industry, Research and Energy will vote on Tuesday (28 November) on a compromise deal that could set the bloc’s 2030 renewable energy target at 35%.
Health 24-11-2017

Andriukaitis: National health systems need ‘fundamental reform’

EU countries could save money and lives by increasing investment in disease prevention and health promotion, the European Commission said on Thursday (23 November), stressing that good health policy requires political will across all sectors.
Agrifood 22-11-2017

Agri-food industries highlight risks of hard Brexit, demand clarity

The EU’s food and drink industry has joined forces with farmers and agri-food traders to call for a smooth Brexit transition and highlight the damage a cliff-edge EU exit would do to the bloc’s food chain.
Politics 21-11-2017

The Brief: More coin-tossing, please

Yesterday the Council agreed to send the EU’s Medicines Agency to Amsterdam and its Banking Authority to Paris. The results were hardly a shock but the process was an eye-opener.
Agrifood 20-11-2017

Member states approve new organic rules ahead of Parliament vote

EU member states agreed on Monday (20 November) to a new set of rules for organic farming, simplifying the system and creating a level playing field for EU produce and imports. The European Parliament's agriculture committee will vote on the rules on Wednesday.
Health 16-11-2017

Empower cancer patients to improve quality of life, say experts

A group of metastatic breast cancer experts has urged policymakers to empower patients with greater choice and participation in their treatment and care, to improve the quality of life of patients, their carers and families.
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