In her State of the Union address, President von der Leyen paid tribute to EU agriculture and farmers,and called for a strategic dialogue on the future of agriculture. That same month, the EPP organised a conference on agriculture, while the Greens reiterated theiropposition to the NGT plan during a webinar on “GMO-free Europe” and TP Organics […]
For the first time in her mandate – and on the occasion of her last State of the Union speech – the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, mentioned farmers 5 times and launched a significant message on agriculture. Without turning her back on the Green Deal, the Commission President underlined her […]
Highlights of July-August: – The wine industry and a number of producer Member States have reacted strongly to the additional impact assessment published by the Commission on the effects of its proposed SUR regulation on pesticides on European production. – Following authorisation from the European Commission, the crisis distillation measure has been implemented in a […]
The European elections scheduled for June 2024 are already influencing policy-making in the European Union. Any directives or regulations that are not approved before April 2024 will depend on the future composition of the Parliament and the new Commission. The impact assessment on the recast of the animal welfare rules has been approved by the […]
While the dynamic of imports from Ukraine remains high, measures are needed to help Ukraine export its productions while preserving a fair and balanced EU agri market. The EU should support investments in infrastructures and processing, rather than on non sustainable quick fix.
On the 5th of July, the European commission presented a proposal for a « Regulation of the european parliament and of the council on plants obtained by certain new genomic techniques and their food and feed ». This proposal provides a good working basis on this file to boost innovation, and meet the health, climate […]
Whatever the outcome of the vote on the Nature Restoration Law in Strasbourg tomorrow, the situation of extreme polarisation of the debate is already a major failure for Vice-President Frans Timmermans and his personal vision of implementing the Green Deal and Farm to Fork. Ultimately, it raises the question of a European Commission that claims […]
While the US debate over the similarities of CRISPR Crops to the ones in nature, and the Canadian government’s lack of transparency is being criticized, the EU and the Commission is willing to move forward on developing different regulations for NGTs with a proposal of regulation tabled on the 5th of July. Full note available at […]
Farm Europe welcomes the European Commission’s proposal on NGTs, which paves the way for innovation and research dynamism in the agricultural sector. However, this good proposal should not overshadow the weak additional impact study on the proposed regulation on the sustainable use of pesticides.
The European Parliament’s Environment Committee has adopted its position on the proposed revision of the IED Directive. The thresholds adopted by MEPs are: 200 LU for pigs and poultry, 250 LU for mixed farms and 300 LU for cattle, with extensive livestock farming excluded. For the record, the EP’s Agriculture Committee had excluded ruminant livestock […]