About: Janusz Wojciechowski

Agrifood 20-07-2021

EU farmers warn harvest will fail after floods, plea for aid

The flooding across several EU countries this week has “effectively eliminated” any hope of a successful harvest in these areas, EU farmers’ association COPA-COGECA has warned as the European Commission pledged to support the sector.
Agrifood 20-07-2021

EU agri ministers back serving up more organic food in schools, hospitals

EU agriculture ministers gave their green light for the EU organic action plan on Monday (19 July) but warned that measures must be taken to ensure that supply matches demand, including via public procurement schemes for schools and public canteens.
Agrifood 14-07-2021

Stakeholders split over EU food promotional funding for meat, exports

Stakeholders remain divided on promotional support for target markets and animal products, with NGOs calling for meat to be cut off cold turkey, while farmers argue no products should be off the table.
Agrifood 13-07-2021

Food labelling proposal will be data-led, Commission says

Information on the sustainability of food products in the EU's forthcoming harmonised front-of-pack labelling will heavily rely on data collected by producers, an EU official has said. Other stakeholders were quick to point out, however, that sustainability is only one factor in the complex labelling process.
Agrifood 08-07-2021

‘Bubbles’ of contention: Dalmatian prošek irks Italy as it evokes prosecco wine

Italy has promised to give battle after Croatia's request to get EU protection for its sweet dessert wine, prošek, produced in the southern area of Dalmatia whose name resembles the iconic Italian bubbly wine prosecco.
Agrifood 07-07-2021

Agri Commissioner backs call for polluter pays principle in farming

The farming sector should be made financially responsible for pollution, especially water pollution, according to a new report by the European court of auditors, an idea welcomed by the EU's Agriculture Commissioner.
Agrifood 01-07-2021

Commissioner: Rejecting CAP plans on basis of Green Deal alignment ‘unimaginable’

The EU's Agriculture Commissioner has said he does not foresee a situation where a member state's Common Agricultural Policy national plan would be rejected for failing to align with the Green Deal, banking instead on the power of persuasion.
Agrifood 01-07-2021

EU to fight ‘geography of discontent’ with new vision for rural areas

The European Commission unveiled on Wednesday (30 June) its long-term vision for the EU's rural areas, proposing a rural pact and a rural action plan aimed at making those regions stronger, connected, and prosperous.
Agrifood 30-06-2021

Commission backs ban on cages in farming in ‘historic’ move for animal welfare

The European Commission has committed to working towards a ban on cages for farmed animals in what is being hailed as an historic move for animal welfare after a citizens initiative amassed more than one million signatures from across Europe.
Agrifood 16-06-2021

Decision to invite EU farmers association to informal CAP talks divides opinion

The decision by the Portuguese rotating presidency to invite exclusively EU farmers association COPA-COGECA to this week’s informal gathering of EU agriculture ministers has divided agricultural stakeholders, some of whom complained that "this toxic tradition" should end. 
Agrifood 04-06-2021

Agrifood Brief: Out of touch, out of time

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. Apologies for a delay in our usual Friday newsletter – we took the decision to...
Agrifood 28-05-2021

CAP talks crash on the ‘floor’ amid interinstitutional blame game

After four days of tense talks, a disagreement between EU lawmakers on a technical detail concerning the greening of direct payments to farmers paved the way for a breakdown in the interinstitutional negotiations on the reform of the EU's Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).
Agrifood 25-05-2021

Well-designed CAP can deliver on biodiversity goals, German scientists say

The devil is in the details when it comes to the EU’s farming subsidy programme's potential to halt biodiversity loss, according to German researchers, who warn, however, that green ambitions may fail to pack a punch.
Agrifood 21-05-2021

Agrifood Brief: Trade t(r)ussle

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Agrifood 26-04-2021

‘Contemptuous approach’: Czech farmers group quits EU association

The Czech farmers group APF CR has left the EU agricultural organisation COPA, accusing it of showing a “contemptuous approach" and lacking support for small farmers, an accusation refuted by other Czech farmers' groups. 
Agrifood 21-04-2021

EU farmers at odds with agriculture Commissioner after controversial tweets

EU farmers have told EURACTIV they have been left feeling unrepresented by the EU Agricultural Commissioner Janusz Wojciechowski after he posted a series of controversial tweets criticising industrial farming. 
Agrifood 19-04-2021

Agriculture Commissioner points finger at CAP for demise of small farms

The rapid EU-wide loss of family and small-scale farms is in part due to the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), the EU’s agricultural Commissioner Janusz Wojciechowski has said, pointing to the policy's "errors and mistakes".
Agrifood 02-04-2021

Nutri-Score food labelling plan is not panacea, EU official says

The proposed colour-coded Nutri-Score labelling system should not be seen as a panacea for consumers to assess the healthiness of food, according to a member of the cabinet of EU's agriculture Commissioner Janusz Wojciechowski.
Agrifood 25-03-2021

Organic food ‘healthier’ says agri Commissioner as EU launches new organic plan

Organic food is "healthier" than its chemically produced counterparts, EU Agricultural Commissioner Janusz Wojciechowski told journalists at an event to mark the launch of the EU's organic action plan on Thursday (25 March).
Agrifood 10-03-2021

Farming chiefs meeting signals thaw after EU-US trade row

A meeting between EU Agriculture Commissioner Janusz Wojciechowski and US agriculture secretary Tom Vilsack showed the first signs of thawing relations after the trade dispute that has soured transatlantic relations in recent years.
Agrifood 26-02-2021

Italy, Slovenia await Commission to settle balsamic vinegar dispute

Italy is up in arms, trying to defend the world-famous balsamic vinegar of Modena from an attempt to 'standardise' its production made by Slovenia, and the European Commission appears to have until 3 March to settle the issue.
Agrifood 25-01-2021

Berlin agriculture conference highlights world hunger, climate change

An international conference of agriculture ministers in Berlin on Friday (22 January) focused on finding solutions in times of crisis, like the current pandemic and the subsequent humanitarian catastrophe, and called for combatting world hunger, climate change, and potential new pandemics. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Agrifood 23-12-2020

Food origin label: EU countries steer Commission toward animal products

Agriculture ministers have prompted the EU executive to prioritise products of animal origin if a mandatory indication of food origin will be included in the upcoming proposal for EU-wide front-of-pack labelling.
Agrifood 22-12-2020

EU bets on research to put Farm to Fork ambition into action

Stakeholders, researchers, and policymakers are seeking to find the right place for innovation in the EU's new flagship food policy with a view to empower consumers to make the best choices for themselves and the planet.