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Environment and Conservation

Set Alert for Environment and Conservation

Professor slams CAP direct payments in front of AGRI MEPs

There are no good arguments to justify the dominance of “unconditional” direct payments in the EU’s farming policies, a German academic has told Agriculture MEPs.

EU European Agricultural Policy

EU ‘ineffective’ in helping agriculture weather economic storms

EU payments to help farmers deal with situations like trade wars, plant or animal diseases, extreme weather or low food prices have struggled to work effectively, according to a new European Court of Auditors (ECA) report.

EU European Agricultural Policy

UK parties offer starkly differing policy options as general election looms

It could be argued that, with the UK’s exit from the EU now scheduled less than two months away, the last thing British agribusiness needs at present is more uncertainty about the future course of UK agriculture policy.

Farm Policy & Programs Food Policy

Ombudsman finds no undue delay in EU handling of glyphosate MRL review

The European Ombudsman has rejected a complaint that the European Commission was wrong to delay a decision on a maximum residue limit (MRL) for the herbicide, glyphosate, on a specific crop until a general review of all glyphosate MRLs had been completed.

European Food Law European Agricultural Policy

European biodiversity still dropping “at catastrophic rate”, says report

Agricultural practices continue to cause a decline in biodiversity across Europe and “at a catastrophic rate”, a report published by the European Environment Agency states.

European Food Law European Agricultural Policy

CAP reform risks clashing with new EU food policy, leading AGRI MEP warns

Letting member states tailor their approach to agricultural policy could limit EU-wide progress in its new approach to sustainable food, according to German MEP Norbert Lins, the chair of the European Parliament’s Agriculture Committee (AGRI).

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

EU lawmakers strike deal on water reuse for agriculture

On December 2, the European Parliament and the Council reached an informal agreement on new EU rules to facilitate the re-use of wastewater for agriculture. 

EU European Agricultural Policy

Environment MEPs want stronger pesticide reduction in the next CAP

Current EU policies to protect pollinators are too weak to protect biodiversity and a stronger approach is needed in agricultural policy, according to the European Parliament’s Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee (ENVI).

EU European Agricultural Policy

CAP reform “will not be implemented before 2023 or 2024” – Global Food Forum

It will take three to four years before the next Common Agricultural Policy enters into force, participants at an event heard.

EU European Agricultural Policy
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