Agrifood

21-06-2021

All words, no action: CAP funding ineffective at combatting climate change, say auditors

EU agricultural funding for combating climate action has so far been ineffective, according to a damning new European Court of Auditors report which criticises inaction on livestock farming and calls for a “polluter pays” principle.
18-06-2021

Agrifood Brief: Days of wine and truces

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: EURACTIV discusses the controversy around the fact that EU farmers association COPA-COGECA was...
Brexit 18-06-2021

UK suffers ‘disaster’ £2bn drop in EU exports

In the first three months of this year, the UK food and drink sector has taken a £2 billion hit in lost exports to the EU, described by the industry as a ‘disaster’, according to new figures published on Friday (18 June).
16-06-2021

Parliament still hopeful for CAP deal during Portugal’s EU presidency

The European Parliament still hopes to reach an agreement on the EU's Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) reform during Portugal's presidency of the Council of the EU, the chair of the assembly's agriculture committee announced on Tuesday (15 June).
16-06-2021

EU agrifood sector rejoices at five-year trade truce with US

Agri-food stakeholders and policymakers have welcomed the extension of the retaliatory tariff reprieve with the United States for another five years, as well as the steps taken to end the civil aircraft dispute that has disproportionately affected the sector.
16-06-2021

Decision to invite EU farmers association to informal CAP talks divides opinion

The decision by the Portuguese rotating presidency to invite exclusively EU farmers association COPA-COGECA to this week’s informal gathering of EU agriculture ministers has divided agricultural stakeholders, some of whom complained that "this toxic tradition" should end. 
15-06-2021

MEP: Member states trying to preserve ‘absurd’ agricultural status quo

EU member states are trying to preserve “absurd” agricultural situations when it comes to redistribution of farming payments, according to one MEP, who stressed that the European Parliament is not willing to budge on the matter.
14-06-2021

Bundestag adopts national CAP package amid ongoing EU negotiations

While negotiations on the EU's Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) reform have not been concluded in Brussels, the German Bundestag, racing to complete work before national elections in September, has passed a legislative package to be implemented at the national level.
11-06-2021

Agrifood brief: The art of counting chickens

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 spoke with EURACTIV’s very own Ben Fox about the so-called “sausage war”...
11-06-2021

Germany’s pre-UN food summit talks criticised for ignoring ‘most marginalised’

In the run-up to the UN Food Systems Summit in September, Germany's agriculture ministry launched its preparatory process at a conference this week where politicians, agriculture and health experts exchanged their views on future food production. However, the dialogue was criticised for missing the voices of marginalised people. EURACTIV Germany reports.
10-06-2021

MEPs overwhelmingly vote to ban cages for farmed animals

The European Parliament urged the European Commission to make cages for farmed animals a thing of the past in a resolution adopted on Thursday (10 June), marking a first step towards a ban on cages by 2027.
10-06-2021

Ireland split over giving farmers equal share of CAP payments

In Ireland, a storm is brewing over the need to give all farmers an equal slice of EU payments. While Irish farmers association argue that this risks more farms becoming unviable, proponents say it is needed even the playing field for small farms.
09-06-2021

Gut instinct: Innovative feedstuffs hold huge potential for boosting microbiome

The potential of innovative feed solutions for boosting gut microbiome health of animals remains underexplored, despite mounting scientific evidence indicating that it underpins both animal health and welfare, stakeholders have highlighted.
08-06-2021

Portuguese minister: We have one ocean, we need to look after it globally

International cooperation to tackle global challenges facing marine resources is strongly needed as problems such as ocean warming cannot be solved by a bunch of countries only, Portugal's minister of the Sea Ricardo Serrão Santos said in an exclusive interview.
07-06-2021

Black Sea facing ecological disaster due to overfishing

Fish stocks in the Black Sea are dwindling and commercial fishing is causing more and more environmental damage, causing concern that has grabbed the attention of NGOs and EU lawmakers. EURACTIV Bulgaria reports.
07-06-2021

Greece’s agri minister: Parliament’s CAP negotiation tactics ‘lacked democracy’

Agricultural ministers were faced with a "totally unacceptable" method of negotiation from the European Parliament during talks on the future of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) which "lacked democracy," Greece's agriculture minister Spilios Livanos told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.
Economy & Jobs 07-06-2021

Steam rises as India and Pakistan take basmati battle to EU

From biryani to pilau, Pakistan and India's shared culinary landscape is defined by basmati, a distinctive long-grain rice now at the centre of the latest tussle between the bitter nuclear rivals.
04-06-2021

Agrifood Brief: Out of touch, out of time

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. Apologies for a delay in our usual Friday newsletter – we took the decision to...
03-06-2021

French minister’s CAP reform approach an ‘insult’ to organic farmers

Organic farmers protested in Paris on Wednesday (2 June) against a potential cut in aid for organic farmers in the future CAP. But the French agriculture minister insists their calculations are “biased”.  EURACTIV France reports.
Brexit 03-06-2021

EU and UK agree fishing deal amid Channel row

The EU and the UK on Wednesday (1 June) concluded an agreement setting out catch limits for jointly managed fish stocks for 2021, the first annual deal under the new trade pact between London and Brussels.
02-06-2021

French MEPs: Council mostly to blame for failed CAP talks

French MEPs are blaming the EU's agriculture ministers for the failure of "super-trilogue" talks to reach an agreement on the future Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) last week, warning that it will now be difficult to break the deadlock. EURACTIV France reports.
01-06-2021

Commission awards historic EU protection for African food

South Africa's 'rooibos' dried leaves and stems, used to produce the eponymous herbal-infused tea, have become the first African food to receive the status of geographical indication (GIs) in the European Union.
31-05-2021

Agrifood Brief: Chronicle of a Death Foretold

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. Apologies for a delay in our usual Friday newsletter – we took the decision to...
28-05-2021

CAP talks crash on the ‘floor’ amid interinstitutional blame game

After four days of tense talks, a disagreement between EU lawmakers on a technical detail concerning the greening of direct payments to farmers paved the way for a breakdown in the interinstitutional negotiations on the reform of the EU's Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).