About: green deal

Agrifood 22-12-2021

Green farming ambition is a hot potato ahead of EU-AU summit

The issue of vaccine hoarding and African vaccine production is likely to dominate the long-delayed EU-African Union (AU) summit but both sides want to beef up cooperation on agriculture policy as well.
Agrifood 13-12-2021

EU lawmaker: Commission must reduce red tape for SMEs

The European Commission and the member states need to reduce the administrative burden on small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the food sector, according to conservative EU parliamentarian Marlene Mortler.

EU’s Timmermans: Brussels ‘will support’ member states that choose nuclear

During an exchange with French parliamentarians this week, the EU Commission vice-president in charge of the Green Deal, Frans Timmermans, said Brussels "will support, sustain and assist those member states that make this choice" of using nuclear power. EURACTIV France reports.
Agrifood 22-10-2021

Agrifood Brief: From one play to another tragedy

‘Much ado about nothing' was the title of the Shakespearean play that came to mind when the Farm to Fork report was largely approved by the plenary of the Parliament this week. But the whole fuss generated around this vote also reminded us of a different tragedy by the bard.
Agrifood 13-10-2021

Fashion brands at the test of setting sustainable standards

Consumers' craving for ever-increasing sustainable products is leaving its mark on the textile industry, creating a shift toward a 'greener' manufacturing process that requires new ways to assess its impact on the environment.
Agrifood 07-10-2021

On EU Commission’s menu for agri in 2022: pesticides, carbon removal, packaging

The sustainable use of pesticides and a carbon removal certification scheme will be placed front and centre of the European Commission’s agricultural priorities next year, according to a leaked version of its 2022 work programme seen by EURACTIV.
Agrifood 06-10-2021

Commission sat on Farm to Fork report for months, published quietly in August

The European Commission chose to delay for half a year the publication of its controversial report on the potential effects of the EU’s flagship food policy, the Farm to Fork strategy, opting instead for a quiet mid-summer publication, according to documents seen by EURACTIV.
Agrifood 23-09-2021

EU Agri Commissioner dangles promise of ‘comprehensive’ Farm to Fork impact assessment

The EU’s Agriculture Commissioner, Janusz Wojciechowski, has teased stakeholders with the promise of a 'comprehensive impact assessment' of the Commission's pivotal food policy, the Farm to Fork strategy (F2F), but remained vague as to what this means in practice.
Agrifood 17-09-2021

Agrifood Brief: Fertile ground for a ruckus

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. This week: EURACTIV’s agrifood team digs deeper into a controversial vote in the...
Agrifood 02-07-2021

Mixed feelings in Germany over EU farm reform compromise deal

German Agriculture Minister Julia Klöckner has praised the EU's compromise deal on the reform of the bloc's Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), while associations and opposition parties criticised its shortcomings on organic farming and nature conservation. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Agrifood 29-06-2021

Greens do not break up with Timmermans, but letdown remains

European Greens have been disappointed with the first steps in the EU's Green Deal implementation but despite recent criticism received from Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans, they have expressed readiness to continue working with him on shaping the bloc's green agenda.
Economy & Jobs 22-06-2021

Workers’ groups seek to influence Green Deal

The workers’ groups of the European Economic and Social Committee have seized upon the term “just transition” in a bid to insert their aims for workers’ co-determination into the Commission’s flagship policy, the European Green Deal.
Circular materials 04-06-2021

French company proves recycling PET plastics can be profitable

French company Veolia is demonstrating that companies can introduce recycled petroleum-based plastics (PET) plastics into their production chain and still be successful. EURACTIV France reports.
Agrifood 29-04-2021

Commission reopens gene editing’s box amid sustainability claims

A new study from the European Commission has concluded that the current legal framework governing new genomic techniques (NGTs) is insufficient and indicated that new policy instruments should be considered to reap the benefits of this technology.
Agrifood 30-03-2021

Prohibitive prices, lack of support slowing uptake of biological pesticides in Poland

On the back of an increasing body of research pointing to their harmful effects, the EU is gearing up to slash the use and risk of pesticides in half by 2030. But alternatives are currently expensive and poorly promoted in Poland. EURACTIV Poland reports. 
Agrifood 23-03-2021

Green Deal poses ‘opportunities and threats’ to Spanish farming, stakeholders warn

The European Green Deal poses both opportunities and challenges to Spanish farmers, stakeholders have warned, who highlight that Spain needs more support in the transition towards a more sustainable model of agriculture. EURACTIV's partner EFE Agro reports.

EU climate law negotiations and official ban of bird hunting practice 

This week on EURACTIV’s Yellow Room, we are talking about the EU climate law negotiations - the progress made so far and the obstacles to reaching an agreement.
Agrifood 05-03-2021

What are the realities of the Biodiversity and Farm to Fork strategies?

According to Frans Timmermans, Executive Vice-President of the European Commission: “At the heart of the Green Deal the Biodiversity and Farm to Fork strategies point to a new and better balance of nature, food systems and biodiversity; to protect our...
Agrifood 26-02-2021

Snubbed European Parliament enters final laps of Farm to Fork race

The EU's new ambitious food policy is ready to face tough parliamentary scrutiny from lawmakers who feel being pushed aside by the European Commission.
Economy & Jobs 18-02-2021

EU regions’ advisory body to step up cooperation with Commission

Renovations, sustainable mobility, urban greening. These are just some areas in which the Committee of the Regions' (CoR) wants to work more closely with the European Commission. EURACTIV France reports.
Digital innovations should be used as a tool for environmental protection and climate action, says Svenja Schulze.
Digital & Media 09-02-2021

Sustainability should be ‘underlying principle‘ of digital policy: German minister

Digital innovations should be used as a tool for environmental protection and climate action, but we must act now, Germany's minister for the environment, Svenja Schulze, told EURACTIV in an interview.
Agrifood 08-02-2021

EU-Africa partnership must reflect ‘realities of African agriculture’

Future agrifood partnerships between the EU and Africa take into account the realities of farming in Africa, especially in the context of a drive for a greener transition, agrifood stakeholders have warned.
Agrifood 13-01-2021

German environment ministry proposes a social contract for green agriculture

German environment minister Svenja Schulze (SPD) is hosting a virtual agricultural congress on Wednesday (13 January) to discuss sustainable agriculture and the agreement between food production, environment and climate. At the centre, however, is a social contract. EURACTIV Germany reports.

How to talk climate? Engaging all EU citizens in the climate discussion

Climate science and technology are complex topics with a high potential for controversy. But ensuring people adequately understand the climate challenges is an essential element of the global response to the climate crisis. More than ever before, the European Commission...