Environment and Conservation
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Next week’s events will be focused on Monday and Tuesday: the Council continues its CAP reform discussions, MEPs are set to debate greening and rural development, and agri-food stakeholders meet at the Forum for the Future of Agriculture.
The EU’s reference laboratory for fish and crustacean diseases is to move from the UK to Denmark as the UK prepares to leave the bloc. This is the third EU reference laboratory to be moved out of Britain in the run-up to Brexit.
Agriculture ministers have not been able to adopt a common Council position on the post-2020 CAP reform, as the demands put forward by the Baltic states, Poland and Slovakia to remove the existing national differences in direct payment rates proved to be a key stumbling block.
The European Commission has published a feasibility study that looks at how deforestation is caused by seven “forest risk commodities”: palm oil, soy, rubber, beef, maize, cocoa and coffee. However, the Commission’s study has been criticised by international NGOs for failing to detail what actions are now needed to brake the destruction.
EU antidumping duties and taxes on imports of fertilisers to the bloc, are putting farmers at a competitive disadvantage internationally and should be abolished, according to an EU farm organisation.
For the period 2018-2019, member states will allocate €250 million in CAP funding to the EU’s School Schemes for milk, fruit and vegetables, which aim to promote the consumption of these products among more than 30 million children.
Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland have outlined their joint vision on the post-2020 reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), focusing their demands on full convergence in direct payments, more funds for rural development and an increased scope for voluntary coupled support.
The crop protection sector is dealing with a number of challenges including a rapidly changing regulatory environment, the consolidation of the industry through high profile mergers, and stagnant sales around the world after a period of rapid growth.
The General Court of the European Union has annulled a Commission’s decision, whereby they had rejected an application for review of the marketing authorisation granted to genetically modified (GM) soybean products.
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