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FOOD CHAIN - 7 April 2023


by Farm Europe

Council reaches agreement on amendments to the Industrial Emissions Directive. The Member States amended the Commission’s proposal. This proposal will serve as a basis for negotiations with the European Parliament.

For MEPs, the Commission’s fertiliser strategy, which proposes mobilising the crisis reserve and increasing state aid ceilings, will not be enough. The demands are for the mobilisation of effective instruments in the longer term.

The Latvian and Lithuanian delegations draw the attention of the Commission and the Member States to the deteriorating situation in their dairy sectors. Exceptional and immediate financial support from the EU is requested by Latvia, Bulgaria and Lithuania.

The French Nutriscore no longer seems to be the only option for the Commission to design a European scheme. Brussels is currently examining the various existing display systems.

The European agricultural sector is concerned about the planned agreement between the EU and Mercosur. While the German government defends the agreement, some Member States, such as France and Austria, share the concerns of the agricultural sector. France is demanding mirror clauses to ensure a level playing field.

A new EFSA report recommends avoiding the use of cages in laying hen and broiler farms.

The Commission’s Report on Pigmeat was presented. It provides socio-economic, environmental, health and animal welfare recommendations.

According to data published by the EU’s Copernicus Climate Change Service, the average temperature in Europe was 1.4 degrees Celsius above the 1991-2020 average (over the December/February period). The areas at risk are mainly northern Italy, France and Spain.

Full note available on FE Members’ area.

Written by Farm Europe