About: Cem Özdemir

Agrifood 01-07-2022

Germany’s nutrition strategy in-the-making needs more fleshing out

A virtual meeting between German Agriculture Minister Cem Özdemir and the country's associations on Wednesday (29 June) kick-started the development of a sustainable and healthy nutrition strategy, though expectations differ widely on the details.
Agrifood 24-06-2022

G7 gear up to counter Putin’s use of ‘hunger as weapon’

Ahead of a G7 summit this weekend, the German government gathered ministers from 40 countries in Berlin on Friday (24 June) to draw up strategies for global food security in the face of Russia’s blockade of Ukrainian ports.
Agrifood 11-06-2022

Trusting Putin on grain corridors would be ‘kamikaze’, says German minister

Ukraine cannot count on Putin to honour his word and grant safe passage to grain vessels, German agriculture minister Cem Özdemir said during a visit to Kyiv on Friday, where he also promised fresh funds to support alternative export routes.
Agrifood 10-06-2022

Germany to review its CAP plan in light of Ukraine war

Germany wants to re-examine its plans for the implementation of the EU's Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) due to the war in Ukraine, the agriculture ministry said in response to the European Commission calling for a move towards 'resilient and sustainable' agriculture. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Agrifood 08-06-2022

German minister presents plans for mandatory animal welfare label

Every product produced and sold in Germany will soon have to indicate the conditions under which animals were kept, according to plans presented by German Agriculture Minister Cem Özdemir on Tuesday (7 June). EURACTIV Germany reports.
Agrifood 02-06-2022

Berlin and Brussels find nitrate compromise after decade-long debate

After a long back-and-forth, Germany's agriculture ministry has found a compromise with the European Commission over the implementation of the EU's Nitrate Directive, meaning it will likely avoid multi-million euro fines. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Agrifood 26-05-2022

EU farm ministers agree to bird flu vaccine strategy

EU agriculture ministers agreed in Brussels on Tuesday (24 May) to implement a bird flu vaccine strategy as the bloc struggles with the most violent outbreak in its history. EURACTIV France reports.
Agrifood 26-05-2022

German agri minister pleased with Commission’s criticism of CAP strategic plan

In its letter of observation on Germany's plans for the implementation of the EU agricultural reform, the European Commission criticised far-reaching issues and called for more environmental and climate protection.
Agrifood 25-05-2022

Commission considers easing rules on crop rotation to grow more wheat

The Commission is open to a German proposal to delay new EU rules on crop rotation in order to increase wheat production in the light of the Ukraine war, after the idea won approval from a number of member states.
Agrifood 13-05-2022

Ukraine minister seeks G7 help to export 40 million tonnes of grain

Global food security and the impact of Russia’s invasion are high on the agenda of the G7 agriculture ministers meeting on Friday and Saturday (13-14 May), with Ukrainian minister Mykola Solskyj as a special guest.
Agrifood 11-05-2022

Germany lobbies EU to suspend crop rotation rules

German Agriculture Minister Cem Özdemir is lobbying the European Commission to postpone a new regulation on crop rotation so that farmers can grow more wheat in view of the war in Ukraine. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Agrifood 03-05-2022

German agri minister wants to help export-blocked Ukrainian grain

Ukraine needs logistical support for the export of crucial agricultural products currently impacted by Russia's aggression, German Agriculture Minister Cem Özdemir, who wants to mobilise fellow G7 countries to help Ukraine, has said
Agrifood 02-05-2022

German government mulls limiting biofuel production

Germany's environment and agriculture ministries are apparently currently working on restrictions for the production of biofuels so that more grain can be used as human food as agriculture markets remain strained due to the war in Ukraine. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Agrifood 07-04-2022

Germany to use controversial biomass amid energy crisis

Biomass will be used to meet particularly high energy demands, according to the German government's so-called "Easter Package", which aims to use agricultural raw materials for energy production in response to the war in Ukraine.
Agrifood 07-04-2022

Germany split over ramping up food production

The debate over scrapping environmental measures to produce more food and mitigate problems caused by the Ukraine war has split German policymakers and so far, federal and regional governments have not been able to find a middle ground.
Agrifood 28-03-2022

German agri minister: Sustainable farming key for independence from Russia

German Agriculture Minister Cem Özdemir has joined the European Commission in dubbing agriculture a security issue. Making agriculture more sustainable and resilient is an important step towards more independence from Russia, he said in an address to German lawmakers.
Agrifood 11-03-2022

G7 agri ministers commit to keeping food markets open, supporting Ukraine

The G7 countries’ agriculture ministers signed a joint declaration committing to keep food markets open and support food supply in Ukraine in an extraordinary meeting on Friday (11 March).
Agrifood 09-03-2022

Germany stands against questioning food green goals amid Ukraine war

While calls to reconsider the green goals the EU has set for the food sector have become numerous since Russia’s attack on Ukraine, German farm minister Cem Özdemir has made a point of stressing sustainability efforts should not be curtailed.
Agrifood 22-02-2022

Germany submits delayed CAP plan without major changes

Germany has finally submitted its national strategic plan for the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) reform, almost two months after the deadline set by the European Commission - but without any major overhaul after the recent government change.
Agrifood 11-02-2022

Germany to boost renewables in agriculture, link moorlands with solar panels

Renewable energies are to be used in German agriculture, as the agriculture, climate and environment ministries led by three Green ministers want moor areas - which are key for the climate - to be connected to agricultural photovoltaics. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Agrifood 10-02-2022

Austria tries to force-feed origin label to EU farm ministers

While Austrian Agriculture Minister Elisabeth Köstinger was keen to put the question of a mandatory origin label on the table of this week’s informal ministerial meeting in Strasbourg, participants said it did not make the cut.
Agrifood 09-02-2022

Carbon farming: EU ministers find the devil in the details

While France’s Julien Denormandie lauded member states’ enthusiasm on low-carbon agriculture, the informal meeting of EU agriculture ministers in Strasbourg revealed tricky technical questions on the matter that still lie ahead.
Agrifood 04-02-2022

Agri chief in EU Parliament: We must ‘move forward’ on new breeding techniques

Plans to reduce pesticides can only succeed if farmers have access to alternatives - including so-called new genetic engineering, Norbert Lins, chairman of the EU Parliament's Agriculture Committee, told EURACTIV Germany in an interview.
Agrifood 31-01-2022

Sixty-eight countries commit to carbon capture, soil protection

A total of 68 countries agreed to contribute to climate protection and biodiversity conservation by protecting agricultural soils at last week's World Conference of agriculture ministers in Berlin. EURACTIV Germany reports.