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19-12-2018

Green MEPs: New CAP is not ambitious on short food supply chains

The development of short food supply chains, where intermediaries between farmers and consumers are removed, provides consumers with healthier food and especially in the case of Europe’s south, major opportunities to enhance agrotourism, Green MEPs told EURACTIV.com.

First European agreement on recycled fertilisers

The regulation on the use of organic and waste-based fertilisers was the subject of a tripartite agreement on 13 December. Its aim is to reduce the use of chemical fertilisers in Europe. EURACTIV France’s media partner the Journal de l’environnement reports.
19-12-2018

MEPs and ministers make final bid for deal on unfair trade practices

Both the current Austrian and incoming Romanian presidencies asked rapporteur Paolo De Castro to return to the negotiating table 'in the spirit of Christmas' for an unexpected final round on unfair trade practice (UTPs) scheduled for today (19 December).
18-12-2018

Controversy over new plant breeding methods

New methods of genetic engineering promise precise interventions, without side effects. However, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) wants tight regulation. The judgement is being fiercely debated. EURACTIV Germany reports.
14-12-2018

Tsipras says CAP and regional policy cuts a ‘gift’ to anti-Europeans

Athens will oppose proposed cuts in the post-2020 agricultural and regional policy as this will be a “gift” to anti-EU populist forces, Greek premier Alexis Tsipras said on 13 December at the EU Council.    
13-12-2018

US ethanol producers: We are oil’s biggest competitor, cleaner too

Increasing ethanol use will help countries around the world meet their Paris Agreement climate goals in a cheaper way, US producers told EURACTIV.com, staking their claim to a higher role for the fuel, alongside electricity, in decarbonising transport.
12-12-2018

MEPs ready to negotiate EFSA’s transparency rule, but need to find a new negotiator

The long and troubled parliamentary procedure to overhaul the current food transparency rules for European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) ended in an unexpected twist as the EPP’s rapporteur Renate Sommer asked to withdraw her name from the report just passed by the Parliament's plenary.
12-12-2018

Baltic farmers in Brussels to restore CAP’s ‘historical anomaly’

Farmers from the Baltic countries will gather on 13 December in Brussels to call for a fairer distribution of payments in the framework of the post-2020 Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).
11-12-2018

Sustainability, authenticity and short supply chain in Sicily: The example of Valdibella and Paterna Bio

Some Sicilian companies in the agri-food sector have chosen a different model of producing and selling. The idea is to recover the “human” contact with the product and with the consumer.  EURACTIV’s partner Sicilia Agricoltura reports. It’s an agriculture that...
11-12-2018

IEA chief: Ethanol ‘very important’ to reduce oil dependence

Ethanol will have a very important role in decarbonising the transport sector globally, the executive director of the International Energy Agency (IEA) told EURACTIV.com. Another energy expert said electrification will play a major role in transport but is not applicable to all sectors, which is where biofuels come in.

Biofuels and electromobility are key in Portugal’s transport decarbonisation

Portugal will use both electromobility and biofuels to decarbonise its transport sector by 2050, José Mendes, Portuguese First Secretary of State for Mobility - Environment and Energy Transition, told EURACTIV.com in an interview.
10-12-2018

IPCC scientist: E-mobility not the only way to decarbonise transport

When it comes to decarbonisation of transport, switching to electric cars is just one option and there are a number of others, such as biofuels, that should not be discarded,  a scientist from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), told EURACTIV.com on the sidelines of COP24 in Katowice.
10-12-2018

EU’s renewable energy law not meant to support farmers, official admits

The updated renewable energy directive was not meant to support European farmers, but rather promote green energy in whatever form as long as it complies with sustainability criteria, a European Commission official has said.
07-12-2018

Ideological divisions mar the pesticide special committee’s last act

A deeply divided European Parliament’s PEST Committee stuck to its broad mandate and approved a diluted final report on pesticides, as political confusion continued to hinder attempts to revise the current protocol for their authorisation.
Economy & Jobs 06-12-2018

Can Europe help combat the dying out of farms?

In the debate over the reform of the common agricultural policy (CAP), there is also the question of how funding allocation can be better adapted to the regions’ specific needs. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Global Europe 05-12-2018

Commission to determine EU tariffs on Myanmar, Cambodia rice

EU countries failed on Tuesday (4 December)  to determine whether to impose tariffs on rice coming from Cambodia and Myanmar from the start of next year to curb a surge in imports, leaving the European Commission to take the final decision.
30-11-2018

Efficient spending at the roots of MEPs divisions over new CAP

The post-2020 Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) discussions started at long last in the European Parliament, but in a deeply divided Agricultural Committee. MEPs still seem a long way from an agreement on how to spend the money and who should get the subsidies.
30-11-2018

France hoping for a greener future CAP

Paris wants to place the emphasis on greening measures in the future Common Agricultural Policy. This is in order to support the transition to agroecology. EURACTIV France reports.
30-11-2018

EU auditors insist the new CAP is unclear on climate goals measurement

The complementarity of the EU's post-2020 Common Agricultural Policy with climate change goals remains a big challenge because the objectives are vaguely defined and short on measurable details, the European Court of Auditors (ECA) told EURACTIV.com.
29-11-2018

CAP reform: Achieving more with less funding?

EU funding for agriculture is expected to become tighter after 2021. At the same time, the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) has an increasing number of objectives. So, how can more be achieved with less funding? EURACTIV Germany reports.
Electric cars 29-11-2018

EU talks on car CO2 curbs risk stalling

European Union negotiators are locked in talks about new rules meant to cut carbon emissions from light vehicles but the complexity of the proposed regulation threatens to bog down the negotiations.
29-11-2018

EU official: Specific conditions will make agriculture spending more efficient

The new Common Agriculture Policy budget is moving towards a science-based approach, with most targets multidisciplinary in nature and requiring member states to come up with specific national approaches,  a senior EU official told EURACTIV.com.
Climate change 28-11-2018

New EU plan comes out fighting for ‘climate neutrality’ by 2050

The European Commission will unveil its long-awaited strategy for a “climate-neutral Europe” later on Wednesday (28 November), in an effort to show EU countries how to stick to the goals of the Paris Agreement.
27-11-2018

Stakeholders say digitisation key to optimise fertilisers’ use

The digitisation of Europe’s agricultural sector will play a crucial role in optimising the use of fertilisers in order to help feed a rising population and simultaneously to decrease their negative environmental footprint.