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Set Alert for Environment and Conservation

EU will mobilise €3 billion in development aid to support sustainable agriculture

To realise the goals of the Paris Agreement, the European Commission has unveiled that it will generate €9 billion in development aid for climate change actions over the next three years, of which €3 billion will support sustainable agriculture, rural development and agri-businesses.

European Agricultural Policy EU

Farmers exempt from new EU climate change regulation

The European Parliament and the Council have agreed on a new Regulation to monitor emission reductions in the EU’s agriculture and forestry sectors, explicitly excluding farmers from the new accounting and reporting obligations.

EU European Agricultural Policy

EU and Gates Foundation provide €500 million to support agricultural research

The European Union and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation have pledged to assign more than €500 million to agricultural research and innovation over the next three years (2018-2020), launching a major collaboration effort between the world’s largest development donor and the main private philanthropic organisation to combat climate change in developing countries. 

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CAP reform plans leave too many questions unanswered, says ComAgri President

The Commission’s Communication on the post-2020 CAP reform does not adequately address the issues of farming incomes, rural depopulation and generational renewal, according to ComAgri President Czesław Siekierski, who has further criticised the lack of intervention measures foreseen under the proposals to tackle future price disturbances on agricultural markets.

European Agricultural Policy CAP

Parliament formally approves Omnibus package, Council is set to follow

The European Parliament has adopted the agricultural aspects of the Omnibus regulation, which will introduce new rules aimed at simplifying the implementation of the Common Agricultural Policy from January 2018 onwards, as the Council is expected to greenlight the proposals at its meeting this evening.

European Agricultural Policy EU

Greening is environmentally ineffective, too complex and overly expensive, say EU Auditors

Despite expenditure of €12 billion per year, greening has been largely ineffective in benefiting the environment and climate, as it has led to limited changes in farming practices while adding more complexity to the direct payments system, EU auditors have found. 

European Agricultural Policy CAP

EU Council hears results of high level conference on African Swine Fever

Managing human behaviour, enhanced international cooperation and more scientific research have been singled out as crucial elements to eradicate African Swine Fever (ASF) from the EU. 

European Agricultural Policy EU

Meat likely to be taxed instead of subsidised in future, says report

The latest warning that meat could be taxed to tackle climate change was made this week in a report to investors holding $4 trillion of assets.

European Food Law European Agricultural Policy

Commission to speed up EU-Japan partnership ratification process

The Commission is aiming to shorten the ratification process of the Economic Partnership Agreement with Japan to have the deal enter into force by early 2019. 

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