FARM TO FORK STRATEGY: FERTILIZER AND PPP LEAD THE DISCUSSIONS IN PRAGUE
During the informal meeting of agriculture ministers held in Prague, Commissioner Wojciechowski hinted to the need for the EU to have a fertilizer strategy, notably in this time of agricultural price crisis.
On the revision of the use of plant protection products, some delegations led by the Polish one strongly asked for an effective revision of the Commission’s proposal, considered ‘outdated’ and out of context, in light of the events in Ukraine and the fact that the impact assessment did not consider any consequences on food security. At the same time, the Commission adopted new rules to fast-track the adoption procedure of new biological pesticides.
On animal transport, the European Agency for Food Safety published some reports on the matter. These ones will be used by the Commission as a base for its legislative proposals (expected for the fourth quarter of next year). The reports find that providing more space, lowering maximum temperatures, and keeping journey times to a minimum are all needed to improve the welfare of farmed animals during transport.
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