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