CAP reform

Agrifood 27-11-2020

Europe ‘cannot afford’ to bow out of Mercosur agreement, says academic

The crisis of multilateralism, driven by the competition between the US and China, and a lukewarm push from the current leaders of the EU and Mercosur, explains why the agreement between these two blocks is such a challenge, analysts say. EURACTIV's partner Efeagro reports.
Agrifood 27-11-2020

Mercosur agreement seduces Spain’s industry, disturbs farmers

The principle of the EU-Mercosur deal has raised mixed feelings in Spain. While the food industry highlights the newly available options for the sector, farmers are showing reluctance towards the deal. EURACTIV's partner Efeagro reports.
Agrifood 26-11-2020

Time for small amendments to CAP is over, Greta tells the EU

In a virtual meeting with the Commission executive vice president Frans Timmermans, a group of young climate activists headed by Greta Thunberg reiterated their harsh criticism of the proposed reform of the EU's farming subsidies programme, saying there was no more time for "small steps in the right direction".
Agrifood 25-11-2020

Member state criticism, COVID crisis delay ratification of EU-Mercosur deal

The challenging procedure of ratifying the EU-Mercosur deal is being held up due to a combination of the COVID-19 health crisis and considerable criticism from member states. EURACTIV's partner Efeagro takes a look at the current state of play.
Agrifood 24-11-2020

Innovative agri project aims to create ‘digital tenants’ in Croatia

On the back of an increased interest in reconnecting consumers with local food, Croatian citizens are being offered the chance to be involved in an innovative 'agri-digital' project, known as a "Gruntek". EURACTIV Croatia took a closer look.
Agrifood 19-11-2020

Can the EU Commission scrap its CAP plan?

The European Commission's threat to withdraw its legislative proposal for the post-2020 EU’s farming subsidies programme has irritated EU lawmakers. EURACTIV.com asked some legal experts to clear the air about the controversy.
Agrifood 17-11-2020

Commission back-pedals on CAP withdrawal after rattling farm ministers

Withdrawing the proposal for a reform of the EU's farming subsidies programme is off the table, the European Commission assured farm ministers after its executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans hinted at this possibility, saying the programme could be better aligned with environmental objectives.
Agrifood 13-11-2020

Agrifood Brief: So long and thanks for all the lobster

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.   After four years of growing tensions, can food bring the two shores...
Agrifood 13-11-2020

Commission does not rule out CAP withdrawal at a later stage

The European Commission has confirmed that a withdrawal of its proposal for the reform of the EU's massive farming subsidies programme is still a possibility, though not at this stage.
Agrifood 11-11-2020

EU farming recovery fund to be rolled out from 2021

A provisional agreement has been struck on the rollout of recovery funds in the EU agricultural sector, which will make a total of €10 billion available for farmers from 2021 up until the end of 2022.
Agrifood 11-11-2020

What makes good compost? French students on quest to collect scientific data

Four students are offering to study composting from a scientific perspective by launching until 15 November a collaborative study on the speed of decomposition of organic waste. EURACTIV France reports.
Agrifood 09-11-2020

Final CAP deal can still be fit for purpose, von der Leyen replies to Greens

Although certain aspects of both the European Parliament and the Council's positions on the EU's farming subsidies programme may raise eyebrows, upcoming negotiations can still result in a reform that makes the programme fit for purpose, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has said in reply to a letter from the Greens.
Agrifood 05-11-2020

Germany introduces long-awaited ‘Nutri-Score’

Companies in Germany will be able to use the so-called "Nutri-Score" as of Friday (6 November) despite it having been a controversial matter for some time. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Agrifood 02-11-2020

French citizens have spoken on agriculture, but will it have any effect?

As part of an effort to reconnect citizens with agriculture, French citizens have been invited to offer their take on the direction of the next Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). But to what extent these efforts will be reflected in policy remains to be seen. EURACTIV France reports.
Agrifood 28-10-2020

Report: EU donors needs to ‘green’ external action on farming

The lack of a comprehensive green transition strategy in the EU's external action on agriculture reduces the chances of achieving global nutrition security, a new NGO report has found.
Agrifood 28-10-2020

No wine left behind: How Germany wants to adapt to climate change

Winegrowers are facing unprecedented challenges from climate change, like hot summers or water shortages, but the warmer climate also favours certain types of cultivation. The German government's adaptation strategy is designed to help the winegrowing sector, but to what extent does it help them in practice? EURACTIV Germany reports.

Greta Thunberg urges MEPs to veto EU farm subsidy bill

The eyes of future generations are on you, Greta Thunberg told MEPs, as pressure mounts on the European Parliament to vote down the EU's massive farm subsidy bill.
Agrifood 23-10-2020

MEPs save ‘veggie burger’ from denomination ban

The European Parliament has rejected all the amendments to the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) that would have proposed to ban the use of meat denominations for plant-based foodstuffs, putting the raging battle amongst stakeholders over the past few weeks to rest.
Agrifood 22-10-2020

French MPs divided over green transition in CAP compromise

As EU agriculture ministers reached an agreement on Wednesday (21 October) on the post-2020 Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), French MPs reacted differently to the CAP's green transition. EURACTIV France reports.
Sweden forest

Forestry’s climate impact ‘invisible’ under UN rules, experts say

Forests are the planet’s biggest carbon “sink” – absorbing more CO2 from the atmosphere than they emit – but their contribution to cooling the earth’s climate are currently not fully accounted for under UN rules, experts point out.
Agrifood 21-10-2020

EU farming subsidies programme is two steps closer to long-awaited reform

EU farm ministers clinched an early-morning deal on the post-2020 Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), touted as 'a paradigm shift in European food policy', on Wednesday (21 October). At the same time, the European Parliament's first voting session on the same matter saw a compromise between three biggest political groups.
Agrifood 20-10-2020

AS IT HAPPENED CAP week: post-2020 farming subsidies programme at a crossroads

On this page, you can follow EURACTIV's live coverage of the pitched battle for the fate of the next EU farming subsidies programme, set to play out this week.

French dairy giant accused of polluting country’s rivers for years

Investigation alleges Lactalis breached environmental regulations at several plants and released milk derivatives that killed fish. EURACTIV's media partner, The Guardian, reports.
Agrifood 16-10-2020

Agrifood Brief: The final CAPdown – five things you need to know

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.   The pitched battle for the fate of the next EU farming subsidies...

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