ITALY: CAP Strategic Plan 2023-27

January 2022 Strategic priorities: organic farming and livestock  The Plan recognizes the importance of organic farming to contribute to the achievement of all environmental objectives; indeed, the sector is allocated about 2.5 billion euro in the five-year period within the rural development. The allocation already foreseen by rural development (1.5 billion euros) is in fact […]

LIVESTOCK IN THE EU – Periodic news

Rising production costs for all agricultural sectors, particularly livestock, are a concern. Many sectors are demanding higher producer prices and improved farm incomes.  Opportunities have developed for some UK livestock sectors as a result of Brexit. In Ireland, however, the vote by MEPs to ban the transport of very young animals is described as a […]

NEW GENOMIC TECHNIQUES: Council hesitates

During the last reunion of the year of the Environmental Council of the EU, Ministers showed to be more resistant to modification of the current GMO legislation, notably in a note advanced by the Austrian delegation calling on the precautionary principle to be applied. At the same time, the Commission still reiterates its commitment to […]

The new German government coalition’s agricultural plans

Germany sets course for digital progress, animal welfare, organic farming and the post-2027 CAP Following trilateral negotiations between the Socialists, the Greens and the Liberals (FDP), a 178-pages coalition agreement has been presented, paving the way for a new German government led by the red/green/yellow coalition. An important part of this programme is devoted to […]

NEW GENOMIC TECHNIQUES: Green Minister in Germany

In November the negotiations talks on the new government coalition in Germany brought their fruits and a new German agriculture minister from the Green Party, Cem Özdemir, has been confirmed. In the coalitions’ agreement the topic of genetic engineering does not seem to be a priority.  On the other side of the Atlantic, the US […]

EU Soil Strategy for 2030 – 
Reaping the benefits of healthy soils for people, food, nature & climate

On November 17, 2021, the European Commission published the EU Soil Strategy for 2030, a non-legislative document that addresses the issue of soil health. It is a document that outlines a framework and voluntary or legally binding actions that the Commission intends to undertake to protect, restore and sustainably use European soil. The strategy concretely […]

Wine news: trends are confirmed

November 2021 was characterized by a strong increase in the price of fine wines, with several records broken. The trends already observed in previous months: rising sales prices, rising costs, and falling production volumes are confirmed. Political issues, both external with several forms of protectionism, and internal with a shifting legislative framework remain important to […]