Agrifood

16-09-2019

Agriculture DG loses state aid oversight to boost competition rules

In an unexpected move, Commission President-elect Ursula von der Leyen has decided to move state aid competences in farming and fisheries from two directorates-general, Agriculture and Maritime affairs and fisheries, to DG Competition.
16-09-2019

The ‘belching cow’ phenomenon and why it’s a problem

Methane, which is emitted when cows belch, is the second most common greenhouse gas on the planet but its effect on the atmosphere is about thirty times more harmful than that of CO2. The political agenda is set on curbing CO2 emissions, leaving the issue of methane emissions often untouched. EURACTIV Germany reports.
13-09-2019

Pesticides-free cities put pressure on French government

Several French mayors have issued anti-pesticide orders out of precaution, putting pressure on the government, which has launched a public consultation on safety distances for the application of plant protection products. EURACTIV France reports.
12-09-2019

Poland and Germany call for swift negotiations to conclude EU budget

Germany and Poland are pressing for EU budget negotiations to be concluded as quickly as possible. For Poland, the primary beneficiary of the EU's cohesion policy, there is a great deal at stake. Germany hopes the negotiations will finish before it takes over the EU presidency next July. EURACTIV Germany reports.
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Central Asia 12-09-2019

Kazakhstan seeks high-tech, agricultural cooperation with China, says Tokayev during Beijing Business Council meeting

Kazakhstan will develop its high-tech sector and elements of Industry 4.0 to increase the degree to which its economy is based on innovation and new technologies, Kazakh President said during the Kazakhstan-China Business Council in Beijing.
12-09-2019

Croatia takes preventive action to keep African swine fever away

The Croatian ministry of agriculture has announced new preventive measures which all farms must adopt in order to prevent the occurrence of the African swine fever (ASF) in the country. EURACTIV Croatia reports.
12-09-2019

Netherlands mulls end to used cooking oil double-counting

An analysis of the “weak” points of the revised Renewable Energy Directive (RED II), combined with the results of an ongoing criminal investigation, will determine whether it is possible to end double-counting of used cooking oil (UCO) in energy used in transport, a Dutch spokesperson told EURACTIV.com.
12-09-2019

EU farmers urge new Commission to lift barriers for innovative tools

The European Commission is in an important position to enable EU farmers to use modern technologies in the fight against climate change, Pekka Pesonen, Secretary-General of the EU farmers and cooperatives' association (Copa-Cogeca), told EURACTIV.com.
12-09-2019

Forest protection likely to be new priority for EU Parliament

Large areas of forest are being cleared worldwide for the agricultural industry. Although the EU requires its contracting partners to protect the environment,  it lacks the means for enforcement. Environmentalists and the European Parliament see an urgent need for action. EURACTIV Germany reports.
10-09-2019

France launches public consultation on ‘pesticides-free zones’

France's government has launched a public consultation about its measure related to creating relatively narrow pesticide-free zones around houses, which civil society sees as insufficient. EURACTIV's partner le Journal de l'environnement reports.
10-09-2019

No request to look into different olive oil prices, Commission says

The European Commission has not received any formal request to launch an investigation into the different pricing levels on the EU olive oil market, a source at the EU executive has informed EURACTIV.com.
06-09-2019

France’s path towards sustainable farming eroded by increased droughts

The intense drought in France has already led to the elimination of fallow fields. It has also created tensions that are not so favourable to the negotiations over the EU's new Common Agricultural Policy. EURACTIV France reports.
05-09-2019

German cabinet agrees on plan to ban glyphosate, increase insect protection

The German government wants to protect insects better and completely ban the controversial weedkiller glyphosate by 2023. It also intends to introduce an animal welfare label, and unlock additional funds for CAP measures that are environmentally friendly. EURACTIV Germany reports.
05-09-2019

Lawmakers give nod to EU food policy-making platform

EU lawmakers from different political groups and parliamentary committees are set to give birth to a multi-stakeholder platform that will address EU food policy in a holistic way, EURACTIV.com has learnt. 
05-09-2019

World’s sixty largest meat, dairy and fish farms ranked in new sustainability index

A group of concerned investors has examined the sustainability of the world's largest fattening farms and dairy factories that supply the global food industry. And the results aren't mouth-watering, EURACTIV Germany reports.
04-09-2019

Climate change will dramatically devalue farmland in southern Europe, EU agency reveals

According to the EU Environment Agency, climate change could turn the entire EU agribusiness upside down, as crop productivity in the Mediterranean countries is expected to drop while northern and western regions may experience more suitable conditions for agriculture intensification.
Politics 04-09-2019

Europe expects UK ‘assurances’ to avoid a food embargo

UK exporters have expressed their concern that in the event of a no-deal Brexit, they will not be able to sell animal products to the bloc.
03-09-2019

Ignoring Poland, Italy’s farm sector vies for EU agriculture job

The agri-food supply chain in Italy, one of the biggest food producers in the EU, is making the case for the next national Commissioner to land the EU's agriculture portfolio, a position the sector has coveted for almost 50 years.
30-08-2019

Protein discussion likely to be on next European Commission agenda

Fires that consume the Amazon rainforest are often started by farmers who are attempting to meet the growing demand for soybeans. Now, France wants to convince its European partners of the EU's potential role as a leader on the plant protein market. EURACTIV France reports.
Energy 29-08-2019

‘Hydro-gin’ secures UK government funding

A Scottish gin distillery aims to be the first in the world to produce its alcohol using hydrogen power, after securing a slice of overall funding for clean energy projects worth more than €400 million.
29-08-2019

Fertiliser regulation: German ministers warn farmers will have to make extensive efforts

The European Commission and German agricultural and environmental ministers met in Brussels on Wednesday (28 August) to discuss the country's fertiliser regulation. It was concluded that although Germany is on the right track, it should seriously speed up its efforts and work on the text's precision. EURACTIV Germany reports.
29-08-2019

Bulgaria mulls a simplified VAT system to boost local fruits and vegetables

The Bulgarian government is planning to boost production of local fruits and vegetable by introducing a new VAT reimbursement system, local media quoted Deputy Minister of Agriculture Chavdar Marinov as saying.
28-08-2019

Europe on high alert as deadly pig disease sweeps through Asia

EU member states should apply strict biosecurity measures to combat African Swine Fever (ASF), a deadly pig disease which started spreading through Asia and Eastern Europe, an EU spokesperson told EURACTIV.com.
Future EU 27-08-2019

Von der Leyen offers Poland agriculture portfolio, candidate withdraws

Ursula von der Leyen, the incoming president of the European Commission, has offered Poland the agriculture portfolio in her new executive. But designated Polish pick Krzysztof Szczerski ruled himself out of the running and withdrew his candidacy.

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