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In April 2023, the European Commission launched initiatives on food price fluctuations, agricultural subsidies and new regulations on the use of plant protection products. It has also launched a consultation on a new set of EU taxonomy criteria for economic activities contributing to the protection of water and marine resources, the transition to a circular economy, pollution reduction, and the protection of biodiversity and ecosystems.

EU institutions have also adopted measures to tackle deforestation, promote the bioeconomy and preserve honey production.

Finally, the European Regions Research and Innovation Network (ERRIN) and the European Commission have launched the Soil Mission Manifesto, which aims to protect soil health in Europe. The manifesto underlines the urgent need for action to remedy the degraded state of 60% of the European Union’s soils.

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