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Agrifood 28-01-2020

EU farmers tread carefully on Green Deal, as balance with CAP is not easy stuff

Policymakers are being called to take up the challenge of finding a place for bloc’s farm aid provided under the EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) in the ambitious new environmental flagship policy of the European Commission.
Agrifood 17-01-2020

New UK Agriculture Bill to move away from ‘inefficient and overly bureaucratic’ CAP system 

The UK Government revealed a new version of their post-Brexit agriculture legislation Thursday (16 January) as part of a radical shift to move subsidies away from the EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) system of direct payments, which correlates payments with the total amount of land farmed. 
Agrifood 13-01-2020

New UK farming bill guarantees subsidies for 2020

The UK government has introduced new legislation which ensures that farming subsidies will continue to be paid to UK farmers for 2020, during the transition period that will follow the country's departure from the EU on 31 January.
Agrifood 09-01-2020

Welfare of rabbits farmed in Europe not up to scratch, says EFSA

The welfare of adult rabbits kept in conventional cage systems is worse than that of those housed in other systems used in the EU, EFSA has concluded in an extensive study which investigated rabbit welfare in the EU.
Agrifood 08-01-2020

UK Environment secretary: Brexit is opportunity for UK to ‘shake off shadow of CAP’

After Brexit, the UK must “shake off the shadow of the CAP” and instead begin a transition in 2021 towards “radical” new policies that work for planet, people and the farming sector, Environment Secretary Theresa Villiers has said.
Agrifood 08-01-2020

Future of France’s organic products may lie in hands of large supermarkets

If the production of organic products continues to grow every year in France, mass distribution will supply even more of these products by 2022, according to an analysis note from the Xerfi Precepta Institute. But could such a development prove to be risky? EURACTIV's partner Le Journal de l'environnement reports.
Agrifood 08-01-2020

Collaborative initiative aims to improve sustainability of EU dairy farming

Eight agricultural sector leaders have announced Farming for Generations, a global collaboration to support dairy farmers to adopt regenerative agricultural practices that preserve and renew our planet’s resources, respect animal welfare and ensure the long-term economic viability of farms for the next generation.
Agrifood 11-12-2019

EU’s new agriculture Commissioner vows to promote organic farming

The EU Commissioner for Agriculture, Janusz Wojciechowski, highlighted the promotion of organic farming as a key aim for the new European Commission in his inaugural speech yesterday (10 December).
Agrifood 10-12-2019

With a ‘Farm to Fork’ Strategy on the cards, is the EU finally listening to its citizens?

The Farm to Fork strategy will reveal whether the new Commission is ready to overhaul some of the EU’s most unsustainable policies and the vested interests behind them but leaked drafts suggest that it will not be truly systemic and...
Agrifood 03-12-2019

Austria on course to become first EU country to ban glyphosate

Austria is set to be the first EU country to ban glyphosate, having completed the EU’s single market notification procedure on Friday.
Agrifood 13-11-2019

EU comes to olive producers’ rescue, Spaniards call for more

The exceptional private storage aid proposed by the European Commission won't be enough to fix the "messed" olive oil market, according to Spanish producers who have called for new measures to save the iconic Mediterranean fat.
Agrifood 31-10-2019

Co-ops show that other side of the food chain can be ‘greened’ too

Focusing the debate over the new EU food policy only on greening the agricultural production may detract from the other side of the food chain which has ground to become more sustainable, as the experience of retailing co-operatives shows.
Agrifood 29-10-2019

Brave new food world

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At the dawn of a new legislative term, Commission President-elect Ursula von der Leyen seems determined to increase the ambition on a new integrated food strategy that will involve the entire food supply chain, from farm soils to supermarket shelves.
Agrifood 29-10-2019

MEPs have high hopes for the EU’s new food policy

Lawmakers in the European Parliament expect an ambitious Commission's proposal on the new EU long-term and integrated food policy, that ensures safe, quality and affordable foodstuffs to all European citizens but without harming actors in the food supply chain.
Agrifood 22-10-2019

Six million fewer chickens slaughtered weekly in EU after Mercosur pact

The EU poultry meat sector was sacrificed in order to convince Brazil to seal the Mercosur trade agreement. But the impact on the sector in Europe is expected to be very heavy, the association of poultry processors told EURACTIV.com.
Agrifood 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.
Agrifood 03-07-2019

Civil society abandons EU Commission’s anti-obesity forum

A number of public health NGOs have decided to leave the European Commission-led EU Platform for Diet, Physical Activity and Health, in protest at the lack of progress in combatting obesity and related diseases.
Agrifood 26-06-2019

Dual food quality: no East-West divide, but different compositions persist

A report published by the European Commission's research body on Monday (24 June) found that there is no 'East-West food quality discrimination in Europe'. It said there was no consistent geographical pattern in the use of same or similar packaging for products with different compositions.
Agrifood 16-05-2019

Romania cuts VAT rate for ‘healthy and traditional food’

The Romanian government has decided to promote the consumption of healthy and traditional foodstuffs by cutting the VAT rate from 9% to 5%. EURACTIV Romania reports.
Agrifood 24-04-2019

Food industry hails new EU rules on mutual recognition of goods

Food industry representatives welcomed the recently revised EU legislation on mutual recognition of goods as a major step forward in the completion of the EU single market. But they said more efforts were needed to improve standardisation, even the well-harmonised food sector.
Agrifood 09-04-2019

Protecting the people behind the barcodes

European ministers meeting in Luxemburg today (9 April) will formally approve new European rules that ban abusive trading practices by supermarkets and large buyers in the global food supply chain, writes Marissa Ryans.
Health 05-04-2019

Katainen: Same level of priority for food and medicine in no-deal Brexit

Medicine supplies and food safety standards are both vital and the EU cannot prioritise one over the other in the event of a no-deal Brexit, Vice President of the Commission Jyrki Katainen said on Thursday (4 April).
Agrifood 15-03-2019

Battle over unfair trade practices ends, its champion rejoices

On Tuesday (12 March), the European Parliament approved long-awaited legislation on unfair trade practices (UTPs). EURACTIV.com spoke with the lawmaker who shepherded the new rules over the line.
Agrifood 08-03-2019

Hogan: No risk of re-nationalising the next CAP

Although member states will play a greater role in the future EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), it will not lose its 'Common' dimension as the Commission will continue to watch over the implementation of national plans, Commissioner Phil Hogan told EURACTIV.com in an interview.

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